Accused NSA leaker Reality Leigh Winner is afraid that she will be made to “disappear” by the U.S. government, according to an interview given by her mother and stepfather. The 25-year-old NSA contractor has been charged with leaking classified material to The Intercept about a Russia cyber-attack that targeted more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election. According to the affidavit, the NSA was able to identify six people who had printed out a copy of the NSA report — Winner among them — after reporters for an unnamed news organization, possibly The Intercept itself, provided copies of the printed NSA report to the agency while seeking comment.
“I know that she’s scared,” Winner’s mother, Billie-Jean Davis, told CBS This Morning in an interview on Wednesday. “She is scared that they won’t let her out.”
“I’m terrified. I’m terrified that she’s not going to be treated fairly and that they’re going to try to make an example of her and that’s not fair,” Davis added as she began to cry.
Up until the day of her arrest, Winner had been a vocal critic of President Trump on social media. Using the pseudonym “Sara Winners,” she had expressed disgust with Trump and his policies — at times through use of the hashtag #notmypresident. Winner had previously served six years in the U.S. Air Force, and been awarded with a medal of commendation for her service.
Winner’s mother and stepfather said they drove more than 1,100 miles from Texas to Georgia to support their daughter, who they insist is not a traitor but rather a “patriot.”
“She served her nation with distinguished honor. And that’s who Reality Winner is. It’s not the person that’s being portrayed. She is a winner,” said Winner’s stepfather, Gary Davis. “She’s, she’s our winner. So…”
“She’s my winner,” Davis said.
Watch the interview below.
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