We all know the opening scenes of Star Wars Episode IV, where the Rebel ship is captured, and Princess Leia places the Death Star plans into R2-D2's memory banks. R2-D2 and C-3PO then escape the ship and the rest, as they say is history.
Now this question asks why she put the plans into a droid, but not why she chose this particular droid. She was not aware that it belonged to her (genetic) father, nor was there any indication that R2-D2 was different to any other astromech droid. At the end of Episode III they wiped C-3PO's memory, but it seems that R2-D2 was of no account and didn't need to have his memory wiped also. There is no mention, at least in the movies, that she had any special relationship with R2-D2.
So, my question is: Out of all the droids she could have chosen, why did Princess Leia choose R2-D2 to carry the Death Star plans?