A federal judge just ordered a young woman charged with leaking classified U.S. documents additional jail time as she may possess additional stolen documents.
Some believe that 25-year-old Reality Winner might flee the country if released on bond, plus she threatened the white house.
“I want to burn the White House Down… find somewhere in Kurdistan to live,” she wrote. In an orange jumpsuit and shackles, Winner pleaded “not guilty” in the U.S. district court on charges that she retained and transmitted national defense information.
The crime will carry ten years if she is convicted.
Winner Accused Of Leaking National Defense Information
The New York Post writes:
“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.”
“Authorities haven’t described the report or named the news outlet. But the Justice Department announced Winner’s arrest Monday as The Intercept reported it had obtained a classified National Security Agency report suggesting Russian hackers attacked a U.S. voting software supplier before last year’s presidential election. The NSA report was dated May 5, the same as the document Winner is charged with leaking.”
Family Surprised Of Daughter’s Actions
“Winner’s attorney, Titus Nichols, accused the government of “scraping and clawing to build a mountain out of a molehill,” according to the Associated Press. Winner’s parents also criticized the case.”
“I don’t know that she did this, none of this matches,” Winner’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told the Huffington Post on Thursday. “How would she know to access anything? How would she know what to look for? All of the things we read in that affidavit, it just seems to perfectly tied together, a neat little bow. They got the perfect case, but it doesn’t match. None of this matches.”