The mother of a multi-lingual veteran testing the Trump administration’s escalating war on leaks says her daughter clashed with the President’s views but rarely raged.
“She disagrees with him and didn’t vote for him,” said Reality Winner’s mother Billie Winner-Davis.
She expressed surprise from her Kingsville, Tex., home on Monday evening that her daughter was implicated in sharing classified documents from the National Security Agency with The Intercept news organization and arrested at her Augusta home Saturday.
“She didn’t really share details of her work,” the mom told the Daily News. “I knew it was secretive.”
Under another name, the alleged whistleblower often blasted the President on Twitter, and his radical changes to the federal government. She followed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks and several Twitter accounts associated with the “rogue” movement among federal agencies.
“The most dangerous entry to this country was the orange fascist we let into the white house,” Winner wrote on Feb. 11, as Sara Winners.
That same day, Winner accused Trump of disrespecting members of the armed forces by spending two weekends in a row golfing.
“Why are you spending every weekend playing golf when our service members are in Iraq and Afghanistan? Get over there,” she said.
The document Winner is accused of leaking details Russia’s hacking efforts during the U.S. presidential election.
She references Russia on social media only through retweets. On Feb. 10, she shared tweets stating elements of the alleged Russia-Trump dossier was collaborated by the U.S. intelligence community.
Her Twitter taunts dissipated after Feb. 13, shortly after leaving a Fort Meade post with the Air Force to join a mysterious Georgia-based military contractor. Court documents filed in the U.S. Southern District of Georgia state Winner enlisted in Jan. 2013 and had Top Secret clearance.
Her mom said Winner spoke two Persian languages, Pashto and Dari.
A sealed FBI search warrant used to dig through Winner’s car claims the service member of printing a classified document “unrelated to her job duties” on May 9. That intelligence from, first filed on May 5, was then mailed to a reporter and postmarked “Augusta, Georgia,” according to records.
The affidavit also notes that Winners made plans in March to leave the country from May 27 to 29 and that she spent those three days in Belize.
“The purpose of WINNER’S travel and her activities while abroad are unknown,” documents state.
Winners’ Instagram shows photos at the Mayan ruins of Lamanai 33 miles northwest of Belize City, with the government contractor scaling ancient pyramids and penning a touching note to her father.
“I miss you, Dad. You would have loved to be here though I’m sure you would have been b****ing about the hot weather every minute,” she wrote on May 27.
Her Instagram posts shared no hint of her contracting gig but focused on meal planning, fitness and her two pets, a dog and cat.
The FBI was alerted to the leak on June 1 and within two days, she was taken into custody and charged with gathering, transmitting or losing defense information under the Espionage Act.
She is slated to appear before Magistrate Judge Brian Epps on Thursday.
Winners’ lawyer, Titus Nichols, disputed that his client is being targeted by the Trump administration but did not dispute the heightened focus on whistleblowers.
“There is a climate in this country that anything around information, regardless of its classification, is going to have much more scrutiny,” Nichols told The News.
For most of his presidency, Trump has railed against possible White House leakers detailing some of his most embarrassing moments behind closed doors. He said he implored fired FBI Director James Comey to “find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.”
He also used his personal Twitter account to accuse journalists of fabricating details in some leaks, dismissing it as a “witch hunt.”
In a statement, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein maintained that “releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government.”
With CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN