Supposed leaker'' s parents fear Trump will be difficult on case

Wednesday, June 7, 2017|3:49 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga.– A young woman accuseded of leaking U.S. federal government secrets to a reporter presents no flight danger if she’s launched from pre-trial confinement, her parents said Wednesday, though they fear prosecutors will look for to utilize the case to send out a tough message from the Trump administration.

It will be challenging for 25-year-old Truth Winner to obtain a reasonable trial if her case ends up being “this huge thing where we’re not going to endure leakers,” Winner’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, informed The Associated Press in an interview.

“I think they’re going to aim to make an example from her due to the fact that of the political environment today,” Winner-Davis stated.

Winner, a former Air Force linguist who now works as a U.S. federal government specialist, was apprehended Saturday by FBI agents on charges that she made copies of a classified report including top-secret details and mailed it to an online wire service.

A judge has set up a hearing Thursday for Winner in U.S. District Court to determine whether to enable her to be launched on bond pending trial. She has been imprisoned in neighboring Lincoln County because her arrest, according to a scheduling report released by the sheriff.

“She’s not a flight risk,” stated Gary Davis, Winner’s stepfather. “Everybody in America knows what she looks like at this moment. She’s never ran away from anything in her life. She’s not a violent person. She has no record. There’s no reason to hold her.”

District attorneys have actually not called the news outlet, but her arrest was announced Monday as the site The Intercept reported it had gotten a classified National Security Company report suggesting Russian hackers had attacked a U.S. ballot software application provider before last year’s presidential election.

The Intercept said the NSA report was dated Might 5– the exact same date court records pointed out for the files Winner is implicated of leaking.

Winner matured in Kingsville, Texas, and employed in the Air Force after finishing from high school. Davis stated she ended up being a linguist, speaking Arabic and Farsi, and spent 4 years designated to the NSA at Fort Mead, Maryland. Throughout that time, he said, Winner supplied real-time translation to Americans carrying out field missions.

Davis said she received a commendation for assisting in the deaths of more than 100 opponent combatants and more than 250 opponent catches.

“If she made this error,” Davis stated, describing the leaked files, “it has to be stabilized versus what she has actually performed in the past and how she has actually served this country.”

Neither prosecutors nor Winner’s moms and dads have actually identified the government agency where she operated at the time of her arrest. However the NSA has actually operated a $286 million complex in Augusta given that 2012.

Though she was active on social media, Winner doesn’t appear to have actually discussed her work online. She did use her Facebook page to speak easily about politics, including some scathing viewpoints on President Donald Trump.

She published on Facebook three months ago that environment modification is a more important issue than healthcare “since not poisoning an entire population appears to be more in line with ‘health’ care, and not the disease care system that people chose a soulless ginger orangutan to ‘repair.'”

Court records say Winner confessed to sending by mail a copy of the classified report to a news outlet when an FBI agent interviewed her at her house Saturday.

In a court affidavit filed late Tuesday, the FBI said it took Winner’s U.S. passport, 2 spiral-bound notebooks, two laptop computers, and a Department of Defense-issued nation handbook for Iran.

Investigators stated in court records that they wanted to browse her property for a variety of computer information in addition to possible contacts with media outlets and any possible contacts with “foreign federal governments, foreign powers, or agents of foreign powers.”

Bynum reported from Savannah, Georgia. Associated Press author Jeff Martin in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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