Ex-con­trac­tor in leak case wants her FBI ad­mis­sion sup­pressed

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The As­so­ci­ated Press

SA­VAN­NAH — A young woman charged with leak­ing clas­si­fied U. S. doc­u­ments has asked a fed­eral judge to rule that com­ments she made to FBI agents be­fore her ar­rest can’t be used as ev­i­dence.

Re­al­ity Win­ner, a for­mer Air Force lin­guist who held a top-secret se­cu­rity clear­ance, worked as a gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor in Au­gusta un­til she was charged with copy­ing a clas­si­fied re­port and mail­ing it to an on­line news or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The crim­i­nal com­plaint filed June 5 in U. S. District Court says Win­ner ad­mit­ted to leak­ing the doc­u­ments when she was ques­tioned by FBI agents serv­ing a search war­rant at her apart­ment.

Win­ner’s de­fense at­tor­neys filed a court mo- tion Tues­day ask­ing the judge to sup­press any com­ments she made to the FBI in that in­ter­view be­cause agents never read Win­ner her Mi­randa rights.

Though she had not yet been for­mally ar­rested, Win­ner’s at­tor­neys said, she had ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve she was in cus­tody as she was ques­tioned in a room of her apart­ment by two agents stand­ing in front of the door.

“Win­ner was never told she was free to leave, nor was she ad­vised as to her ar­rest sta­tus,” Win­ner’s at­tor­neys wrote. “In­deed, when she specif­i­cally asked whether she was un­der ar­rest, the agents told her they did not know the an­swer to that ‘yet.’”

Pros­e­cu­tors had not filed any re­ply to the de­fense mo­tion Wed­nes­day, and there was no rul­ing from the judge.

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