Realty Leigh Winner, the 25-year-old alleged NSA leaker arrested earlier this month at her home in Augusta, Georgia, was back in court Tuesday with her attorneys.
A trial for Winner was scheduled by Judge Brian Epps to begin October 23.
Local ABC News Channel 6 reported that “Winner’s defense did file a motion for a protection order to determine whether information that was leaked to the media can be used in court because it’s already in the public domain.”
She is charged with leaking classified documents to the media outlet, The Intercept, while working as a contractor at a government facility in Georgia. Winner had been given top secret security clearance in her position, and was reportedly only one of six people who had access to the document she leaked.
After being arrested, recorded phone calls back to her family revealed that Winner told her sister she would easily get out of her predicament by playing up to the judge, because “I’m pretty, white and cute.”
That plan didn’t work, as Judge Epps denied bail for Winner and sent her back to jail.
The documents she leaked contained information about Russian hacking into the U.S. election systems.
Winner has pleaded “not guilty.”
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