Reality Winner charged with leaking information to The Intercept
Reality Winner, a 25 year old Air Force veteran and federal contractor, was indicted under the Espionage Act in June 2017 and accused of leaking a top secret document to The Intercept that detailed alleged Russian hacking attempts on election software vendors in the United States.
She faces one count under the Espionage Act section 793(e). She is currently in jail awaiting a trial.
The Intercept reports that Winner’s trial, originally scheduled for October, has been delayed until March 2018, to give her defense attorneys enough time to receive security clearances and review classified information relevant to the case.
In a written statement, Winner said that the armed FBI agents who raided her house on June 3 never told her that she had the right to remain silent before interviewing her and eliciting an alleged confession. Winner’s attorneys are arguing that her confession should not be admissible evidence at trial if the FBI agents did not inform of her constitutional rights before interrogating her.
The Intercept reports that a federal judge denied Winner’s second request for bail, ruling that she remained a dangerous flight risk.