"The person they are portraying in the media is an invention," he said. "It's their take on what little they know about."
Davis said he’s not certain that the Twitter account cited in press reports actually belongs to Winner, although it uses her photograph.
Winner, 25, was arrested Monday and is charged with leaking a classified NSA report about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to the news media.
If convicted of a charge of “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information, Winner could face up to 10 years in prison, according to court records.