The New York Times reports that victor became a contractor with the National Security Agency earlier this year after leaving the Air Force, moving to Georgia to work out of a government eavesdropping center there.
The indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges 25-year-old Reality Winner with a single count of illegally retaining and transmitting national defense information. Victor remained locked up Tuesday, June 6 on federal charges that she made copies of classified documents containing top-secret material and mailed them to an online news organization.
Not only did an Augustan make global news, but she is facing serious federal charges for sending a top-secret National Security Agency report about Russia's possible activity in the 2016 presidential election to an online news outlet called The Intercept. Winner, is being held for federal authorities at the Lincoln County, Ga., jail. But in reality, victor was anything but silent about her political views.
Winner's supporters rallied in Union Square, demanding she gets fair treatment.
The arrest of the suspected leaker was announced on Monday about an hour following the publication of a report by the The Intercept, which describes Russian hacking efforts in the days before the United States presidential election in November past year.
If convicted, victor faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000, according to court documents.
"There's not much to comment on right now as far as whether there is a connection between my client and Intercept", he said. "She's a good person with no criminal history who is caught in a political whirlwind".
"Her words to me was that she was scared she was going to be. they were going to make her disappear", mother Billie Davis-Winner said Tuesday.
Winner's social media accounts, shared widely online, showed her derision toward Trump, who she at various points called "our Tangerine in Chief", a liar and several expletives.
Winner's stepfather, Gary Davis, described his stepdaughter as very involved with animal rescue and service groups. She said that during one of her jailhouse phone calls, which were recorded, victor said she planned to "play that card: being pretty, white and cute".
A judge scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon to determine whether to allow victor to be released from pre-trial confinement.
"Repeat after me: In the United States of America, in the year 2017, access to clean, fresh, water is not a right, but a privilege based off one's socio-economic status".
According to a blog on Errata Security, "most new printers print almost [invisible] yellow dots that track down exactly when and where documents, any document, is printed". The U.S. Government Agency determined that six individuals printed this reporting. The news outlet later said it did not know the identity of the person who gave it the document.
"I didn't know what company she worked for", Winner-Davis said.
She retweeted a post in January from the "Rogue NASA" account that attempted to explain why such accounts were becoming more popular.
Victor was likely caught due to some apparent oversights in The Intercept's source verification process.
As Derek Hawkins of the Post explained, Winner, an Air Force veteran working for a defense contractor in Georgia, allegedly made it easy for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track her down.