“It should be noted that Ms. Winner has had a top-secret clearance for a number of years,” her defense attorneys, John Bell and Titus Nichols, said in their court filing Thursday. “Moreover, Ms. Winner is in jail. Her telephone calls are taped, and all of her outgoing mail is being reviewed by government agents. There is no risk to national security that could flow from her being allowed to view the evidence that may be used against her and to consult with her counsel about the evidence.”
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James Durham, acting U.S. attorney for the South District of Georgia, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. But the proposed protective order fellow prosecutors filed last week indicates the court could grant permission for other people to review classified information in the case.
Further, the prosecutors disclosed in recent court papers that authorities have seized other classified information from Winner beyond what she allegedly revealed to the news media about Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election system. But they haven’t identified those records, said where they got them or explained why the information is classified or whether Winner was authorized to access it as part of her job.
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In a June 8 court hearing, Assistant U.S. attorney Jennifer Solari argued against releasing Winner on bond, saying Winner had researched technology that could be used to cover her digital tracks and that she could still do "exceptionally grave damage to national security,” which “could assist our foreign adversaries.”
Gary Davis and Billie Winner-Davis, stepfather and mother of Reality Leigh Winner, spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on about who their daughter really is. Video by Hyosub Shin/AJC