Reality Leigh Winner, the 25-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran who was caught leaking top secret government intelligence to the press, is reportedly completely paranoid that the government has in it for her.
Winner’s mother told CBS News that her daughter told her she’s scared they’ll “make her disappear”:
“I know that she’s scared. She is scared that they won’t let her out,” mother Billie-Jean Davis said.
“Her words to me were that she was really scared that they would make her disappear,” Davis said.
Winner faces up to 10 years in prison for allegedly leaking classified NSA documents to The Intercept. She was denied bond after pleading not guilty in Augusta, Ga. on Thursday.
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, Winner’s parents don’t think their daughter is a traitor. In fact, her stepfather called her “a patriot”:
“She’s a patriot,” stepfather Gary Davis said. He said the charges she’s facing are an insult to her and her service.
“She served her nation with distinguished honor. And that’s who Reality Winner is. It’s not the person that’s being portrayed. She is a winner,” Gary said. “She’s, she’s our winner. So…”
“She’s my winner,” Davis said.
As for Winner’s mother, she’s worried that the government will make an example out of her daughter:
“I’m terrified. I’m terrified that she’s not going to be treated fairly and that they’re going to try to make an example of her and that’s not fair. Sorry,” Davis said, crying.
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Winner has a plan, though — she’ll just play the white card:
Reality Winner allegedly told her sister she released “kinda important documents” and that she was gonna play the “pretty, white, cute card”
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) June 8, 2017
What a winner.
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