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Bond hearing scheduled for Augusta woman accused of leaking classified documents

Garrick's affidavit said he interviewed victor at her home Saturday and she "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue" and mailing it to the news outlet.

Winner's mother told NBC News on Tuesday that victor "would not jeopardize anybody's safety" and was "terrified" when she returned to her home in Augusta on Saturday to find federal agents waiting for her.

The criminal complaint asserts that as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched Winner's home on Saturday, she admitted to printing out a classified report, removing it from the US government facility in Georgia where she works, and mailing it to an online media outlet.

Winner's stepfather, Gary Davis, told The Associated Press that she is "not a flight risk".

The family of Reality Winner, the government contractor charged with leaking a top-secret NSA report to online news outlet The Intercept, fears their daughter will receive a harsher sentence as the Trump administration looks to "make an example" of leakers.

Winner, 25, is set to appear in court Thursday afternoon in Augusta, Georgia, where she had worked at a federal facility through Pluribus International Corp.

She hopes to be released on bond Thursday.

Winner posted under a pseudonym, Sara Winners, but didn't seem concerned with concealing her identity, using a photo of herself as a profile picture and posting a selfie in February. But the Justice Department didn't announce her arrest until Monday - the same day The Intercept published a report on the document. She's not a violent person.

Victor worked for a US government contractor in Augusta. "There's no reason to hold her".

It will be hard for 25-year-old Reality Winner to get a fair trial if her case becomes "this big thing where we're not going to tolerate leakers", Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.

The former Air Force linguist, who speaks Arabic and Farsi and had a top-secret security clearance, was working as a government contractor in Augusta when she copied and mailed a classified report containing top-secret material to an online news organization, prosecutors say. "She's got a great big heart", Davis said.

A judge has ruled that a woman charged with leaking secrets to a reporter will remain jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued that she might possess more stolen intelligence and could try to flee the country.

Davis said she received a commendation for aiding in the deaths of more than 100 enemy combatants and more than 250 enemy captures. They say they were able to narrow down the source using the unique "microdots" in the printout, which identify the source printer, as well as the fact that victor had been in email contact with a news outlet, presumed to be The Intercept. But the NSA has operated a $286 million complex in Augusta since 2012. The NSA report, dated May 5, provides details of a 2016 Russian cyberattack on a U.S. voting software supplier, though there is no evidence the hack affected any votes. Kip Grosenick reported from Augusta, Georgia.

The report suggests election-related hacking penetrated further into US voting systems than previously known.



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