“She will enter a plea of not guilty,” he said, though he declined to say why. “We can’t go into that as far as strategy.”
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A federal court hearing has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday in Augusta concerning her detention. She is now being held at the Lincoln County Jail. Nichols said he plans to argue for her release.
“She is not a flight risk,” he said. “There really is nowhere she can go because of all the media attention she has received. Plus, the government seized her passport.”
Nichols said he recently visited Winner at the jail and she appeared in good condition.
“I have spoken to her and her family as recently as yesterday,” he said. “She is in good spirits and she is looking forward to her next hearing.”
The Lincoln Sheriff’s Office declined to provide a copy of Winner’s jail booking records and referred questions to U.S. Marshals Service officials, who declined to comment.
Gary Davis, stepfather of Reality Leigh Winner, says the depiction of Winner through social media is not an “an accurate portrayal of my daughter." Winner, who lives in Augusta, Ga., is accused of leaking national security information on Russia hacking to the online publication The Intercept. (Hyosub Shin / HShin@ajc.com)