NSA leak suspect asks judge to throw out her statements to the FBI


Reality Winner, the suspect in the National Security Agency leak investigation, is asking a judge to throw out the initial statements she made to FBI agents when she was arrested her at her Augusta home, arguing they didn’t advise her of her Miranda rights. 

In a court documents filed this week, Winner said 10 armed FBI agents showed up at her home on June 3. Citing a search warrant, eight of them rummaged through her house, while two agents directed her to a back room in the house where they interrogated her. 

The interview – which lasted 25 minutes – began with small talk before moving to questions about a “report” that she had allegedly mishandled classified information. They asked her about the location of the document and whether its disclosure compromised the government’s sources and methods of compiling it. 

“I specifically told law enforcement that ‘whatever we were using had already been compromised, and that this report was just going to be like one drop in the bucket,’” she wrote in her court filing. 

Winner said she was never advised she had the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. 

The government has accused the former government contractor of leaking to The Intercept online news outlet a top-secret NSA report about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. A federal grand jury has indicted her on a single count of "willful retention and transmission of national defense information.” She has pleaded not guilty. 

Winner is asking for a court hearing on her request to suppress the statements she made to the FBI as well as any evidence authorities obtained as a result of them. A FBI spokesman decline to comment. A spokesman for the federal prosecutors handling the case did not respond to a request for comment. 

In a June 5 news release about the investigation, the U.S. Justice Department said Winner agreed to talk to the FBI agents at her home and admitted to “removing the classified intelligence reporting from her office space, retaining it, and mailing it from Augusta, Georgia, to the news outlet, which she knew was not authorized to receive or possess.” 

RELATED: Feds: NSA leak suspect wrote of wanting to ‘burn the White House down’

Also this week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps pushed Winner’s trial date back from Oct. 23 to March 19. Winner’s attorneys have asked for more time to gather evidence and obtain security clearances that will allow them to inspect classified information in the case.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Opinion: Playboy comes to D.C.

Playboy Enterprises just announced that it has purchased a table at this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner. Swell. Just what we need. The dinner, as you’ve probably heard, is an annual ritual of narcissism in which leading press figures don black tie and hope to see, or better yet, be seen with, Hollywood stars. Like...
Gridlock Guy: Poor tire maintenance is as bad as distracted driving

So much attention is paid to, well, the lack of attention drivers are paying behind the wheel and the havoc that carelessness causes. But what about the wheels themselves? Those deserve equal notice. Bridgestone Tires flew some other media and me out to test some of their new tires at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth last week. We tested three different...
John Williams gave back while building modern Atlanta
John Williams gave back while building modern Atlanta

In 1970 while putting together the blueprint for what became Post Properties, and when he couldn’t yet afford office space, John Williams held regular meetings at the Sandy Springs International House of Pancakes. Mostly he drank coffee until IHOP staffers required he buy breakfast with every new — and usually protracted — meeting...
DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

DeKalb County • Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, 5070 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Chamblee. 82/B • Fletcher’s Restaurant & Bar, 3025 Turner Hill Road, Lithonia. 75/C • La Costilla Grill, 3979 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 88/B • Sapori di Napoli, 314 Church St., Decatur. 91/A • Tava Indian Bistro, 1685 Church St., Decatur. 95/A
Forsyth County restaurant inspection scores

Forsyth County • Austin’s Seafood and Steak,506 Lakeland Plaza, Cumming. 83/B • Baba’s Gyro & Kabob, 2310 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. 85/B • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 2619 Freedom Parkway, Cumming. 97/A • Grub Burger Bar, 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. 81/B • Midway Meal House, 5150 Highway 9, Alpharetta...
More Stories