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Judge Wants Time to Decide if Accused Leaker Stays Jailed

Prosecutors say there's a risk Winner could leak more secrets if she's released

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    Judge Wants Time to Decide if Accused Leaker Stays Jailed
    Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office via AP
    This June 2017 file photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner. Attorneys for Winner, accused of leaking a classified U.S. report, are asking a federal judge to reconsider his decision months ago to keep her jailed pending trial. Former Air Force linguist Winner has been locked up since she June, when she was charged with copying a classified report and mailing it to an online news organization.

    A federal judge wants to take some time before deciding whether a Georgia woman charged with leaking U.S. secrets should remain jailed until her trial.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps heard arguments Friday in Augusta from prosecutors and defense attorneys for 25-year-old Reality Winner. She is making her second request to be released on bail since her arrest in June.

    News outlets reported the judge adjourned court Friday without making a decision, saying he planned to rule next week.

    Winner was a contractor for the National Security Agency when she was charged with copying a classified U.S. report and mailing it to a news organization.

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    Prosecutors say there's a risk Winner could leak more secrets if she's released.

    Her attorneys say there's no evidence she took other classified materials.