Prosecutors say federal contractor printed classified document detailing how Russia hacked voting equipment vendor and was trying to breach local systems
Three days before Americans voted last November, Reality Winner joked with her sister online that Moscows efforts to influence the US presidential election could have an upside for her as a keen weightlifter.
When we become the United States of the Russian Federation, she said on Facebook, Olympic lifting will be the national sport.
Seven months later, Winner, 25, called home to Texas on Saturday to let her family know that the Russian hacking saga had ended up landing her in a far more serious situation.
She said that she had been arrested by the FBI and that she couldnt really talk about it, her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told the Guardian in a telephone interview. I am still in shock.
Two days later, and having rushed to Georgia for Winners first court appearance on Monday for charges of leaking a classified document to reporters, her family remains confused.
Winner-Davis said she was unaware that her daughter had allegedly already admitted, when questioned, to taking the top-secret document. Nor had she heard of the Intercept, the media outlet reported to have been the leaks destination. And she really did not know why Reality would have done it.
I never thought this would be something she would do, Winner-Davis said. I mean, she has expressed to me that she is not a fan of Trump but shes not someone who would go and riot or picket.
Winners posts on social media over recent months suggest, however, that she, like many other Americans, had become increasingly agitated over some extraordinary developments in national politics.
She posted disparagingly on Facebook about Donald Trumps pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border, about his draconian criminal justice plans, and about his assault on the Environmental Protection Agency. In February, she referred to the president as piece of shit.