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Despite Reality Winner’s plan to use the ‘pretty, white card’ judge denies bail, and she’s NOT happy in orange

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NSA leaker Reality Winner was denied bail Thursday as federal prosecutors revealed “downright frightening” evidence and that she may have stolen more classified information.

The 25-year-old government contractor accused of passing on classified material to the press appeared before Judge Brian K. Epps at U.S. District Court in downtown Augusta, Georgia on Thursday in an orange jumpsuit and escorted by two federal marshals, according to the Daily Mail.

Charged with “willful retention and transmission of national defense information,” the Air Force veteran entered a plea of not guilty as she was indicted by a federal grand jury and the judge denied bail.

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(Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office via AP)

 

“We don’t know how much more she knows and can remember,” the prosecution said, concerned that Winner may have removed information from a “top secret computer on a USB drive” which has not been located. “She’s extremely intelligent.”

But even more concerning to prosecutors were Winner’s alleged confession and evidence gathered at her home on Saturday when authorities retrieved four cellphones, two laptops and tablet and handwritten notebooks that painted a dark picture.

Along with multiple doodles of her signature, Winner had written, “I want to burn the White House down… find somewhere in Kurdistan to live. Haha!” in the notebook,  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari told the judge.

The judge was also concerned about Winner’s fascination with the Middle East and Islamic terrorism, as handwritten notes with sympathetic statements on Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour were found in her home.

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Prosecutors also cited jailhouse phone calls made by Winner as she allegedly told her mother how to portray her side of the story to the media, telling her to “play that angle” with the press that she had feared for her life when she was arrested by FBI agents.

She had also reportedly planned to “play the court” during her bond hearing, which apparently failed.

“I’m pretty, white and cute,” she allegedly told her sister in a recorded phone call from the jail prosecutors said, telling her she would “go out and play the cute, blonde white girl. Braid my hair, going to cry.”

Judge Epps made the decision to deny bail based on the the missing USB drive and Winner’s notes.

“Whether that’s a joke or not, it still concerns me,” he said.

Winner faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if found guilty of copying a classified intelligence report and mailing it to a reporter at The Intercept.

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Frieda Powers

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