United States intelligence contractor pleads not guilty to leaking charge

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor charged by the US Department of Justice for sending classified material to a news organiSation, poses in a picture posted to her Instagram account. Victor charged with leaking US governmen.

"I think they're going to try to make an example out of her because of the political climate right now", Billie Winner-Davis, Winner's mother, told the Associated Press. Solari said investigators have learned victor inserted a portable hard drive in a top-secret Air Force computer before she left the military previous year. She's never run away from anything in her life. She has no record.

Her mother meanwhile, Winner-Davis shared how they laughed when Winner called her the last time from jail. "There's no reason to hold her".

According to court documents, the reporter from The Intercept provided a hard copy of the document to an NSA contact in an attempt to verify it and also told that contact it was mailed from Augusta.

Though Nichols would not confirm what that material is alleged to be, the recent release by the Intercept of an NSA report on Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election on Monday in conjunction with Winner's arrest Saturday has led to speculation about a link between the two.

Victor grew up in Kingsville, Texas, and enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school. Davis said she became a linguist, speaking Arabic and Farsi, and spent four years assigned to the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Winner's family made the case for her release in several media interviews.

Davis said she received a commendation for aiding in the deaths of more than 100 enemy combatants and more than 250 enemy captures.

In February, she began working for the National Security Agency contractor, Pluribus.

In February, in the wake of Trump issuing his ban on travelers from several Muslim majority nations, she said: "the most risky entry to this country was the orange fascist we let into the white house". But the NSA has operated a $286 million complex in Augusta since 2012. "She said, 'Mom, I'm wearing orange, '" and I said, 'Well, I bet you're rocking it, '" Winner-Davis said.

The criminal complaint against victor did not link the charges with the story, but a senior federal official confirmed to NBC News that victor is the accused leaker of the document published by The Intercept.

Her swift arrest Saturday by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents - even before the document she allegedly stole was posted on news website The Intercept - follows Trump's bitter complaints about leaks from United States probes into Russia's attempt to tilt the 2016 election in his favor. The report, which was published online by The Intercept, does not say whether the hacking had any effect on election results.

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