Billie Winner-Davis and her husband Gary Davis, parents of National Security Agency leaker Reality Leigh Winner, arrive at the US District Courthouse in Augusta, Georgia, June 8, 2017. She is now being held at the Lincoln County Jail.
In court, federal prosecutors said victor told a federal agent on Saturday that she purposely accessed the information, hoping that someone would have leaked it already, ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported.
But a U.S. judge at a hearing today will weigh the risks of freeing Reality Winner, a former air force linguist with an otherwise unblemished record, pending trial.
The prosecutor said victor also had photos of the leaked document on her phone. Victor is being temporarily housed in the Lincoln County jail in Augusta, Georgia.
"I'm terrified. I'm terrified that she's not going to be treated fairly and that they're going to try to make an example of her and that's not fair".
Winner, shackled at the feet and wearing an orange jumpsuit in court, said little during Thursday's proceeding, except to reply, "not guilty, your honor", when asked for her plea, and to answer "yes" and "no" to procedural questions put to her by the judge.
Winner's mother and stepfather told the judge she had no criminal history and they would use their 20-acre home in Kingsville, Texas, to finance her bond with confidence she would never run.
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While it is clear from her social media accounts that she is not a fan of President Trump, Winner had to know what she was doing and the consequences if caught, right?
While the charges do not name the publication, two USA officials with knowledge of the case confirmed that victor was charged with leaking the NSA report to The Intercept.
Asked if victor had confessed, Nichols said, "If there is a confession, the government has not shown it to me". She took the job after serving for six years in the Air Force where she obtained top secret clearance while working as a linguist, specializing in languages of the Middle East. She said that during one of her jailhouse phone calls, which were recorded, victor said she planned to "play that card: being pretty, white and cute". He called her a "patriot" and said that if she actually did leak information to the press, "it needs to be balanced against what she has done in the past and how she has served this country".
Victor reportedly coached her mother to say she was "scared" that she would "disappear" after she was interrogated on Saturday. "The same is true of the FBI's claims about how it came to arrest victor".
"Mainly she was concerned about her cat", Winner-Davis said.
The Intercept said it will not be commenting further, citing the ongoing investigation.
She provided support to missions and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 2016, which is for members who have "distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement and service".
A USA intelligence contractor accused of illegally leaking a classified report on Russian interference in US elections to a media outlet pleaded not guilty on Thursday to an espionage offense, and a federal judge denied her request for bail.