Judge denies bail for accused leaker, citing security risk
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that a woman charged with leaking U.S. secrets will remain jailed until her trial.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps ruled Thursday that releasing 25-year-old Reality Winner on bail would pose an “ongoing risk to national security.”
Winner is a former Air Force linguist who worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency in Augusta, Georgia, when she was charged in June with leaking a classified U.S. report to a news organization.
Winner’s lawyers argued she has no prior criminal history and served admirably in the military.
But the judge concluded Winner’s own words and actions form a “disturbing self-portrait.” He referenced a Facebook chat from February in which Winner wrote: “Look, I only say I hate America like 3 times a day.”
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