NSA Leaker Called Trump A "Piece Of Shit", Is A Fan Of Bernie Sanders

Tyler Durden's picture

Step aside Edward Snowden: the world has another leaking NSA contractor to obsess with, if only for the next 15 minutes.

As reported earlier, Reality Leigh Winner is the 25-year-old woman who stole “Top secret” documents from the National Security Agency and leaked them to The Intercept, "confirming" that the Russian military intelligence GRU was behind an attempt to hack more than 100 local election officials.

There may be more here, however, than meets the eye.

First, dome details on her background.

Winner was born in Texas in December 1991. She was raised in Kingsville, a small city in the south of the state, about 40 miles from Corpus Christi.

Sometime later she moved to Maryland. According to public records, she had on her record was one citation, issued December 13, 2016, in Howard, Maryland for failing to control her vehicle’s speed on a highway to avoid a collision. She reportedly went to H.M. King High School and lived in Columbia, Maryland at a time. She has a sister, Brittany, who is studying for a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State University.

Reality began working defense contractor Pluribus International Corporation,in Augusta, Georgia, in February this year, according to court filings (see below). She previously served in the US air force since January 2013 and held a top-secret security clearance, indicating she first got her top secret clearance in her early 20s.

Winner-Davis told the Guardian that her daughter had joined the military soon after graduating from H M King high school. As well as being bright academically, she excelled in tennis and athletics. “But she had gotten a little tired of school,” said her mother, and decided against continuing with college. The Guardian's Jon Swaine adds that according to Winner's mother, the leaker is a former US Air Force linguist who speaks Pashto, Farsi and Dari. “She speaks the middle eastern languages – Farsi, Dari and Pashto,” said Winner-Davis, who laughed when asked if she had taught them to her daughter. “No, she did it all on her own,” she said.

According to the affidavit filed by arresting FBI agent Justin Garrick, Winner was a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation, who was assigned to aNSA facility in Georgia. She was employed at the facility since February 13, 2017, and has held a Top Secret clearance during that time. Less than a month after she joined, on May 9, 2017, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information and was dated on or about May 5, 2017 from an Intelligence Community Agency and unlawfully retained it. A few days later, Winner then sent the classified material - apparently using the work email associated with her desk computer - to the Intercept.

Speaking to the Guardian, On Monday evening, her mother struggled to say whether her daughter’s alleged leak would constitute an act of bravery or a painful mistake. “I don’t know, I don’t know,” Winner-Davis said. “I don’t know what the hacking thing all means. Has it made a difference in the election? Who knows.” Her family knows little except that they are bewildered and concerned about the possible 10-year prison sentence that Winner could receive if convicted. “She’s a beautiful girl,” said her mother. “Everyone who meets her loves her, and she’s kind.”

Some details on how Winner was arrested:

on June I, 2017, the FBI was notified by the U.S. Government Agency that the U.S. Government Agency had been contacted by the News Outlet [Intercept] on May 30, 2017, regarding an upcoming story. The News Outlet informed the U.S. Government Agency that it was in possession of what it believed to be a classified document authored by the U.S. Government Agency. The News Outlet provided the U.S. Government Agency with a copy of this document. Subsequent analysis by the U.S. Government Agency confirmed that the document in the News Outlet's possession is the intelligence reporting. The intelligence reporting is classified at the Top Secret level, indicating that its unauthorized disclosure could reasonably result in exceptionally grave damage to the national security, and is marked as such.

 

The U.S. Government Agency examined the document shared by the News Outlet and determined the pages of the intelligence reporting appeared to be folded and/or creased, suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space.

 

The U.S. Government Agency conducted an internal audit to determine who accessed the intelligence reporting since its publication. The U.S. Government Agency determined that six individuals printed this reporting. WINNER was one of these six individuals. A further audit of the six individuals' desk computers revealed that WINNER had e-mail contact with the News Outlet. The audit did not reveal that any of the other individuals had e-mail contact with the News Outlet.

The moment of her arrest:

On June 3, 2017, [Garrick] spoke to WINNER at her home in Augusta, Georgia. During that conversation, WINNER admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue despite not having a "need to know," and with knowledge that the intelligence reporting was classified. WINNER further admitted removing the classified intelligence reporting from her office space, retaining it, and mailing it from Augusta, Georgia, to the News Outlet, which she knew was not authorized to receive or possess the documents. WINNER further acknowledged that she was aware of the contents of the intelligence reporting and that she knew the contents of the reporting could be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of a foreign nation.

There are more notable details about Winner's social profile and her political leanings.

Three days before Americans voted last November, Reality Winner joked with her sister online that Moscow’s efforts to influence the US presidential election could have an upside for her as a keen weightlifter.
When we become the United States of the Russian Federation,” she said on Facebook, “Olympic lifting will be the national sport.”

Seven months later, Winner, 25, called home to Texas on Saturday to let her family know that the Russian hacking saga had ended up landing her in a far more serious situation. “She said that she had been arrested by the FBI and that she couldn’t really talk about it,” her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told the Guardian in a telephone interview. “I am still in shock.”

As HuffPost's Ryan Reilly writes, looking at another of her facebook comments, "don't think Reality Winner is a Trump fan."

That much is clear, and just to make her sentiment about Trump abundantly clear, she recently referred to President Trump as a “piece of shit” because of his position on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests. Lashing out at Trump, Winner posted on February 9:

 "There have been protests for months, at both the drilling site and and outside the White House. I'm losing my mind. If you voted for this piece of shit, explain this. He's lying. He's blatantly lying and the second largest supply of freshwater in the country is now at risk. #NoDAPL #NeverMyPresident #Resist"

Her sentiments toward Trump aside, she appears to be a supporter of Bernie Sanders and other progressive icons, such as Bill Maher and Michael Moore. As the Caller's Chuck Ross reports, Reality Winner’s apparent social media footprint also shows that she is a supporter of other liberal causes, including the Women’s March and the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim civil rights group.

Judging by the following autographed photo of Anderson Cooper, Winner was a fan of the CNN anchor.

Other than her left-leaning Facebook page, Winner has a limited online footprint. One news article from the Kingsville (Tex.) Record shows that she graduated from Air Force basic training in March 2011. A photo of Winner has not been publicly released, but her Facebook page includes information that matches details contained in a federal indictment filed against her in New York on Monday.

Winner’s posts on Facebook suggest that she is politically active. On Feb. 14, a day after Winner took her Top Secret job at Pluribus, Winner posted a photo outside of the Atlanta offices of Georgia Sen. David Perdue.

Winner wrote that she had a 30-minute private meeting with the Republican lawmaker. She said they discussed “my concerns regarding climate change and what the state of Georgia is doing to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.”

“Meanwhile, my plea that our senators not be afraid to directly state when our president or his cabinet tell outright lies was well heard. I was able to draw the parallel between the 2011 interview of President Bashar al Assad claiming utter ignorance of the human rights violations his citizens were protesting to Trump’s statement last week that the White House hadn’t received any calls about the DAPL, nor were there any protests before last week. They got the message,” she wrote.

Winner was heavily critical of Trump just after he took office. She used the hashtag “NeverMyPresident” and “Resist” in a Facebook post about his position on DAPL.

Winner posted on Facebook most recently on Friday, the day before she was interviewed by the FBI. “You are what you love, not who loves you,” she wrote.

Finally, based on her profile, Reality inexpicably was at the White House, approximately one year before leaking.

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Winner faces 10 years in a federal prison if convicted. The charge, “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information” is contained under Chapter 37 of federal law: espionage and censorship. The law went into effect as of February 1, 2010.

The prosecution of Winner is being handled by Julie A. Edelstein of the Department of Justice’s National Security Divisions Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, a news release by the agency said.

However, what is most perplexing is that her anti-Trump tirades and her anti-government, liberal leanings were all part of the public record at the time she was hired as a NSA contractor for Pluribus in February. How she succeeded in receiving top secret level clearance with such a highly politicized public record remains a mystery.

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chubbar's picture

Hopefully the reality she wins will be ten years in the pen being schooled on how to properly lick pussy and ass. What the fuck is wrong with the people running the NSA that they wouldn't screen for these type of people. Also, why did she have access to confidential information that she didn't have a need to know? Was this a set up where they put this information in front of several left wingers hoping one of them would steal it and leak it? Wheels within wheels.

Daily Bail's picture

The first lesson in defeating the liberal media is to call them out on their shit live on air. Senator Mike Lee takes care of this bitch...

JUDY WOODRUFF BUSTED LIVE ON-AIR FOR EXTREME PRO-OBAMA BIAS...

 

 

SmackDaddy's picture

"Hitlery" - Might want to be careful throwing shit like that around in real life.  Somebody might break your fucking jaw.....

Hobbleknee's picture

I think the lefty-scarf trend started as a symbol of Palestine i.e. recognizing it as a state.

jeff montanye's picture

then there's the lefty attitude that head scarves are a paternalistic attempt to keep the women down:  https://books.google.com/books?id=rWp5F3T6a-8C&pg=PA156&lpg=PA156&dq=wea...

recognize palestine as a state or give them a vote in israel.  what are they three fifths of all other persons excluding indians not taxed?  or jews in concentration camps in the third reich?  or blacks in apartheid south africa? (you see where i'm going with this)

docloxvio's picture

It is like a karate belt for fellatio.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

More like Hallucinating Loser!

+10 Well played!  Thanks for that.

runswithscissors's picture

Who the fuck in the CIA makes up these fucking stupid names? Is this all part of the bullshit narrative...they've got to have fucked up names?

jeff montanye's picture

i most like, and upvoted, the suggestion that john bunyan (pilgrim's progress) had naming duties that day.

tmosley's picture

You haven't noticed? This has been going on for a long time in financial circles. Kneel Cash&Carry, Margaret Spellings (Bush II's Secretary of Education), Anthony Weiner, and a lot more that I don't remember offhand. It's sort of like the names are being made up by either bad writers or aliens who don't quite understand our naming conventions.

Urban Roman's picture

She's a winner, I tellz ya

Won a participation award!

imaginalis's picture

She pulled the document out of a folder called NSA's rectum.

land_of_the_few's picture

Reality Bites !

E Pluribus Unum !

Chuck Walla's picture

Start with your own, sissy.

Kenny Drebson's picture

how do you manage to be this unfunny?

why don't you call it a night.  just leave me your timesheet and i'll make sure you get it signed.

Midas's picture

I think Schlump must get paid by the post.  Otherwise the job description must have required trolling every single day.  Everyone deserves a day away from the office once in a while.

T-NUTZ's picture

Hang her by the neck until dead.

Thom Paine's picture

They should have used her as a double agent. 

Get her to flip or do prison time.

Then get her to trap any MSM trying to buy leaks, which is a crime.

Anderson Cooper would have been a good one for her to trap since she has his signed photo already.

 

'Mr Cooper, I have seen lots of incredible stuff passing through, you wouldn't believe it'

'How about leaking me some'

'No, sorry I can't, I need the job, got to pay bills, don't want to risk losing that'

'How about I get you a job in CNN, and give you a bit of cash to go on with, then you wont have to worry about losing job if caught leaking'

'OK, that is good'

FBI - OK guys we got the tape, arrest the fucker.

Miskondukt's picture

People like yourself should thank the lucky stars that breathing is autonomous. 

SixIsNinE's picture

Anderson Pooper. that's your style Schlumperschein,

though you let Pooper do you, RealityStyle!

Pooper is the leaker to the Loser. He's trying to smear the blame all over the place, leaky valves & all.

a real poopin' shame i tells ya!

suck it Schlumppy!

HoyeruNew's picture

and Iraqi solders took Kwaiti babies out of incubators and 20,000 invisible Russian solders have invaded Ukraine and Assad gassed his own people 5 times, and Osama Bin ALladin did 9-11, and the towers fell because of plane fuel and so on and so on and so on...

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

Sounds like another "Fabrication Narrative".  This is supposed to sound plausible because she a Democratic Sympathizer and they would never hang one of their own out to dry?  Not likely, just another Washington Establishment Patsy sacrificed to push the Russian angle a little further down the road.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Pure Evil Criminal Psychopaths at the CIA "Spoofing."

#Valut7

Any questions?

new game's picture

JOB PROMOTION COMING FOR HER...

Dutti's picture

Poor girl, she meant well - she should sue for entrapment .

/sarc

847328_3527's picture

She supports Islamic Civil Rights groups? Definitely a brainwashed nutjob. I wonder why she did not sign up with isis? I guess it's tougher flying over there from the States.

Since she enjoys the muslimism faith so much, perhaps we can make her feel at home and give her a speedy trial and stone her next Monday at dawn?

EddieLomax's picture

So she blew news of the investigation that was going on, an investigation going on is still not evidence.  Bored of this Russia probe now, its clear they have zero evidence yet are going to ever greater extremes to keep it alive.

Bigger question is, who leaked the UK intelligence info to the press?  I would have thought such careless treatment of an allies security information would have been a national embarissment and perhaps reason for some sackings.  Yet weeks on and no one has been identified, seems like the agency is no longer fit for purpose if it cannot even do this most basic of tasks.

Bes's picture

so what's the bigger story?

NSA leaker   or

NSA has "some evidence" of russian hacking

or could it possibly be that both are big....

JethroBodien's picture

This naive young women, with the best of intentions, was likely brought into the CIA fold while serving in the United States military.  How many 25 year old women from southern Texas do you know that speak several Middle East languages.  It's my contention she was groomed/recruited by the CIA, or another security agency, and unwittingly ended up as a pawn of the deep state.  Unfortuntely she will not be able to defend herself and tell her story for national security reasons.

Is it just me or do people find the timing of this a little suspect??  Coincidentally this leak conveniently continues to foment the Russian hacking narrative.

The desperation from the "deep state" is palpable.

 

tmosley's picture

Lots of people in the military speak those languages. There's a lot of intelligence that needs to be gone through and translated, and you can't trust the native speakers to translate properly. If you go into the military with a language specialization, you will almost certainly be made to learn those three.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Where the hell are all the supposed "white hats" Pieczenik was promising were coming to Trump's defense?

Unless they're doing one hell of a rope-a-dope, it looks like Trump is on his own, as the vile DC scum rewrite the evidence.

Lyman54's picture

Pieczenik is phony as hell.

Obadiah's picture

Yeah WTF?  Is Pie for real or just trying to keep "His" ratlines intact, you know the ones run by the "Good Guys"  Smeeah

quadraspleen's picture

Trump "on his own"

Actual LOL - he has the Likudian Mafia right at his shoulder..

On his own..bless

Obadiah's picture

Classic CIA "good guy" name "Winner".  This biotwat is a cardboard cutout of the CIA.

George Webb the spy guy said "If they have a name like "winner" or "winthrop" or "win" etc in there name the spys/cops/police let them "run along"

 

The Wizard's picture

Smells like so many others of the past. Has a smell of Tim McVeigh and OKC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgfi1QZILxk&feature=youtu.be

PrayingMantis's picture

... >>> "However, what is most perplexing is that her anti-Trump tirades and her significantly material leanings were all part of the public record at the time she was hired as a NSA contractor for Pluribus in February. How she succeeded in receiving top secret level clearance with such a highly politicized public record remains a mystery."

... BINGO ... we've got a Winner !

;)

oncefired's picture

The Intercept Article is overly complicated and in the end Proves exactly nothing. The most i got out of it was one guy in a Voter Registration Company fell for Phishing scam

awakeRewe's picture

"U.S. Government Agency had been contacted by the News Outlet [Intercept]"

Don't care about their sources too much do they???

Herp and Derp's picture

It is amazing that Putin just the past week has started discussing that Russians 'may' have hacked, just when there is evidence of a leak going out.  So great that he is on top of the on goings at the NSA.

HardAssets's picture

'She' may not even exist, may be nothing but a fabrication.

Why would anyone believe anything associated with the NSA or CIA. We all know that they made a 'law' saying they can use propaganda against the American people, don't we ? We know 'journalists' have been co-opted by intel agencies and that they use paid trolls in comments sections of websites, don't we ?

Another psy-op.

GoingBig's picture

Thats right is the "Deep State". oh the boogey man. Seriously, get a grip. There is no deep state. There are entrenched beauracrats looking to serve there time and get a pension. The Russians did hack the elections and that is without question. Every agency agrees. The only people that don't understand that are the ones that can't see the evidence right in their face. They went with the best candidate. They just played who would be easiest to work over because they understand how completely naive Trump is. He's a complete buffoon and shows it everyday. I doubt he reads at the 8th grade level.  What people don't seem to understand on this board is how completely and utterly sick Putin and his cronies are. They will stop at nothing to remain in power.

SmittyinLA's picture

Duh, it's open season on leakers, and it was obviously bullshit, everybody knows Russia is a nothing burger

And guess what, there's lots more "fake stuff" to catch other dipshit leakers

The real leakers are executive level not peon sub-contractors but appointed political hacks

new game's picture

OR THIS IS A PROMOTION TO UNDERCOVER SEE EYE AH CAREER!!!!!!!!!!!

AllStarInvestor's picture

Look s like a manufactured leak - timing is prime time politics. Also factor in that the Washington Post breaks leaked stories contemporanous with the story every day - WaPo is a pipe of manufactured nonsense, and too naive and too gullible to realize it...when you think you're morally and intellectually superior you must be easy to trick