Woman accused of leak ordered to remain jailed pending trial

Mother fears woman accused of leak will be made an example

The Augusta lawyer appointed to defend a woman charged with leaking government secrets is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.

The NSA document provided technical details on what it said were Russian attempts to hack election officials in the United States and a voting-machine firm before the USA presidential election in November.

President Trump has repeatedly decried leaks from inside his administration, arguing they endanger national security.

"She is scared that they won't let her out", said mother Billie-Jean Davis, according to CBS.

Winner-Davis said her daughter contacted The Intercept, but it was to request a podcast they had done regarding climate change, a topic of extreme importance to her daughter, she said.

She was arrested at her Georgia home on June 3 and charged with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.

A judge scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon to determine whether to allow victor to be released from pre-trial confinement.

Solari also said that during a conversation with her mother from jail, victor told her that if she didn't get bonded out on Thursday, she would go "nuclear to the press".

Her mother has said victor was a specialist in Pashto, Farsi and Dari, languages spoken in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.

"I can't ever call her a traitor or even believe that", she added. He says she has never run away from anything and there's no reason to hold her. "She's a good person with no criminal history who is caught in a political whirlwind". 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".

The 25-year-old contractor based in Georgia faces federal Espionage Act charges for allegedly leaking a May 5 National Security Agency report with an account of Moscow's military cyberattacks on a voting software company and local government officials in the leadup to the 2016 election. The NSA report was dated May 5, the same as the document victor is charged with leaking.

Victor received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 2016, which is for members who have "distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement and service".

She's an Air Force veteran and works for a defense contractor.

Winner, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with the word "Inmate" on the back, spoke very little to Judge Brian Epps.

Victor 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. But the NSA has operated a $286 million complex in Augusta since 2012. Solari alleged that in recorded phone calls to her sister from the detention center, victor planned how to defend herself.

The mother and stepfather of the NSA contractor who reportedly admitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation she leaked classified information from the Trump administration say their daughter is a "patriot". Prosecutors don't think victor is a jihadist or terrorist sympathizer, they say that before she left the military, she inserted an external hard drive into a top-secret computer there.


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