Victor was arrested on Saturday after investigators connected her to a leak of highly classified intelligence regarding Russian interference in the US Elections.
Prosecutors successfully argued Thursday that 25-year-old Reality Winner might possess more stolen government secrets and that she might be a flight risk if released on bond.
Reality Leigh Winner, 25, is accused of passing the top secret National Security Agency report to The Intercept last month while working with Pluribus International Corp, which provides analytical services for USA defence and intelligence.
Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday she fears prosecutors will try to make an example of her daughter to show that they're not "going to tolerate leakers".
Her mother has said victor was a specialist in Pashto, Farsi and Dari, languages spoken in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. She's never run away from anything in her life. She has no record.
Investigators say they were able to track victor by observing that the document leaked to The Intercept appeared to be folded, which led them to believe it had been printed out. 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. "There's no reason to hold her".
Winner, shackled at the feet and wearing an orange jumpsuit in court, said little during Thursday's proceeding, except to reply, "Not guilty, your honour", when asked for her plea, and to answer "yes" and "no" to procedural questions put to her by the judge.
Victor is a former Air Force linguist who now works as a US government contractor. Davis said she became a linguist, speaking Arabic and Farsi, and spent four years assigned to the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Davis said she received a commendation for aiding in the deaths of more than 100 enemy combatants and more than 250 enemy captures.
Winner, 25, works for a private contractor, Pluribus International Corp., in Augusta, Ga., and is an Air Force veteran who speaks three languages.
Snowden said the Espionage Act left no room to consider the public benefit of the information leaked as opposed to leaking information with the intent to harm the country. But the NSA has operated a $286 million complex in Augusta since 2012.
Victor reportedly told federal agents she mailed the classified document to the undivulged media outlet, according to court documents.
Though she was active on social media, victor doesn't appear to have discussed her work online. Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before the 2016 presidential election, acco. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had already apprehended victor by the time The Intercept published the report.