Woman accused of leak indicted, held without bond
AUGUSTA | A federal judge ordered a woman charged with leaking classified U.S. documents to remain jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued Thursday she might possess more stolen government secrets.
Prosecutors also said Reality Winner, 25, might try to flee the U.S. if released on bond. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari told the judge that she had written in a notebook: “I want to burn the White House Down … find somewhere in Kurdistan to live. Ha-ha!”
Wearing an orange jumpsuit and leg shackles, Ms. Winner pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to charges that she illegally retained and transmitted national defense information.
The federal crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if convicted.
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.