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Accused Leaker Said Smuggled Classified Document in Her Pantyhose

Accused Leaker Said Smuggled Classified Document in Her Pantyhose
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By    |   Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:50 AM

Reality Winner, a National Security Agency contractor who has been accused in leaking a classified report, said she removed the document from a high-security intelligence facility by placing it in her pantyhose.

Federal prosecutors filed a transcript of details from Winner being interrogated by the FBI.

"So how did you get it out of the office?" asked FBI agent Justin Garrick, according to the transcript.

"Folded it in half in my pantyhose," Winner said.

The report described Russian cyberattacks aimed at voter registration databases in the U.S. Winner appears to say in the transcript that she believed the report's contents should be part of public discussion, according to Politico.

"I saw the article and was like, I don't understand why this isn't a thing . . . it made me very mad . . . Yeah, I screwed up royally," she said in the transcript.

"I wasn't trying to be (Edward) Snowden or anything," Winner said, referring to Snowden's disclosures of U.S. government surveillance.

Prosecutors charged Winner with sending a classified National Security Agency document to The Intercept, an online news outlet that published the information. She pleaded not guilty in June to one count of "willful retention and transmission of national defense information."

Winner is being held in the Lincoln County Jail in Lincolnton, Georgia.

Attorneys for Winner called for her release pending her trial, according to a Monday report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Due to her vegan diet, she is having difficulty eating prison food, her lawyers said.

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