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This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner. Winner, is being held for federal authorities at the Lincoln County, Ga., jail. Winner charged with leaking U.S. government secrets to a reporter poses no flight risk if she's released from pre-trial confinement, her parents said Wednesday, June 7, 2017, though they fear prosecutors will seek to use the case to send a tough message from the Trump administration. (Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office via AP)

Reality Winner wrote that she wanted to 'burn the White House down'


UPDATE June 8, 8:46 p.m. EST: 

NSA leaker Reality Winner has been ordered to remain in jail after admitting to wanting to burn the White House down and flee to Afghanistan, reports the New York Daily News.

In a notebook that investigators took from Winner's home, passages were found concerning the burning down the White House and fleeing to Kurdistan, although she never exhibited any sympathies for extremist groups. 

UPDATE June 8, 6:30 a.m. EST: 

The lawyer for accused leaker, Reality Winner, said his client will plead not guilty. 

Her attorney, Titus Nichols, told NPR that Winner hopes to be released Thursday on bond.

Nichols did not confirm whether Winner was the online news outlet’s source, telling NPR: "As far as concrete proof, we’re just not at that stage, yet."

UPDATE 2:53 p.m. EST:

Reality Leigh Winner met with staff members of Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) earlier this year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Winner posted about the meeting on Facebook on Feb. 14, saying "A great American once told us to go out and have conversations with one another."

A spokesman for the first-term senator said the meeting was about "environmental issues" and that Perdue's staff "meets with hundreds of Georgians monthly to discuss issues important to them."

Winner often shared her liberal political views and opposition to President Trump on Twitter while using a pseudonym, the Journal-Constitution reported. She wrote that her meeting with Perdue's staff went "really well."

She wrote to a friend that she told Perdue's staff that lawmakers should "not be afraid to directly state when our president or his cabinet tell outright lies," and said the suggestion was "well heard."

UPDATE June 6, 10:29 a.m. EST:

Reality Leigh Winner was vocal in her opposition to President Trump and said she would "stand" with Iran in a hypothetical war against the U.S., Business Insider reported.

Replying to a Feb. 7 tweet by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that featured a video defending his country's ballistic missile program, Winner tweeted "There are many Americans protesting US govt aggression towards Iran. If our Tangerine in Chief declares war, we stand with you!"

In another tweet, Winner called Trump an "orange fascist." 

ORIGINAL STORY:  The Department of Justice has charged a federal contractor in Georgia with leaking classified material to the press. 

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, was arrested by the FBI at her home on June 3, according to a release from the Department of Justice

NBC News is reporting that the document Winner allegedly leaked was published by The Intercept. The top-secret NSA report provided a detailed account of how Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. 

Winner began working as a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation on February 13 and held a Top Secret clearance at the time of the leak. 

The criminal complaint against Winner alleges she printed and removed a classified intelligence report from the agency on or around May 9. A few days later, she allegedly mailed that report to an online news outlet. 

According to the DOJ, Winner admitted to "intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting" despite not having a "need to know."  

She also admitted that she knew the intelligence reporting was classified when she sent it to the news outlet, the DOJ said in a statement. 

Winner appeared in federal court in Augusta, Georgia, Monday afternoon. 

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