NSA Leaker Denied Bail Because Judge Believes She Admires Snowden and Assange
(SP) — Federal magistrate judge Brian Epps once again denied bail to alleged NSA leaker Reality Winner. This time, Epps contended Winner’s “hate” for America and supposed admiration of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange make her a dangerous threat.
Winner is accused of “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.” She allegedly mailed a classified document on Russian hacking to the Intercept and is in pretrial detention awaiting a trial that is currently scheduled for March.
“By her own words and actions, defendant has painted a disturbing self-portrait of an American with years of national service and access to classified information, who hates the United States and desires to damage national security on the same scale as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden,” Epps wrote in an order [PDF]. “The nature and seriousness of the danger she poses to our