Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner Will Enter Not Guilty Plea

Reality Winner, the government contractor accused of leaking a secret NSA report to the media, plans to enter a plea of not guilty, her lawyer Titus Nichols tells NPR.

An FBI affidavit filed Monday said that victor, working as a contractor for Pluribus International Corporation, was assigned to work at a government agency’s facility in Augusta beginning on February 13.

The FBI, in an affidavit, said she admitted to printing the classified report, taking it out of her office and mailing it to “the News Outlet”, a reference to The Intercept.

The arrest came shortly before The Intercept published an alleged May 5 intelligence report from the National Security Agency that describes two cyberattacks carried out by Russian government hackers that attempted to infiltrate USA voting systems a week before the 2016 presidential election. The document detailed Russian hacking efforts on US voting systems the week before the election.

Victor is a former Air Force linguist who now works as a USA government contractor. This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office, shows Reality Winner.

According to to an affidavit obtained by Radar, FBI agent Justin Garrick interviewed victor, who admitted to “intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue”, as well as sending the document to the publication.

The charge against victor carries a potential prison sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The mother added: “I’m terrified for her right now because of the news, the climate, the social media”.

On Twitter, she followed Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks, several accounts with links to the hacking collective, Anonymous, and several “alt” government agency accounts that became popular after Trump’s inauguration. A senior federal official confirmed to NBC News that victor is the accused leaker in the case, but a motive for her alleged involvement remains unknown.

The Intercept said the NSA report was dated May 5 — the same date court records cited for the documents victor is accused of leaking.

“I didn’t know what company she worked for”, Winner-Davis told Cooper. Authorities are looking at two laptops, a tablet and four cellphones seized from Winner’s home as well as spiral-bound notebooks.

Victor printed the report out of the NSA eavesdropping center and submitted it to The Intercept, a national security news outlet.

A reminder that leaking can lead to a criminal charge might make other government workers and contractors think twice, but Winner’s case seems unlikely to have the subarctic chilling effect Trump would hope for.

Since her arrest, victor has emerged as an otherwise ordinary young woman who like many Americans took out her dislike of the Republican president on social media.

In a court affidavit filed late Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it searched Winner’s home and seized her USA passport, two spiral-bound notebooks, two laptop computers and other computer equipment, and a Department of Defense-issued country handbook for Iran. “She’s a patriot”, Davis said. Numerous accounts claim to be run by agency employees unhappy with Trump. Much is unknown, as the public is made to depend upon the potentially unreliable claims of government prosecutors, while victor is held in jail without any contact with the public.

Many officials criticized the leak. “So she’s got a lot of valuable information in her head”.

The possible price of leaking is well known, yet it is consistently true that some government workers and contractors are willing to take risks to publicize information that they believe the public ought to know. A spokesperson told ABC News that members of the organization are concerned that the information contained in the NSA report was not previously shared with local officials and released a statement urging better sharing of information.