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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IndyPat's picture

I'll buy 'gift for language'.

Sanity Bear's picture

Spend 5 minutes in one of these towns and you won't buy it anymore.

IndyPat's picture

Meh.
I grew up in WV. Had 3 years of Russian and 2 yrs of Arabic.
It happens. Even in small towns.

Wish I'd had put more ass in it. I'd be a real popular fella nowadays.

Jim in MN's picture

Don't call her a 'leaker' call her a 'plant' or possibly 'liar'.

Big Twinkie's picture

She looks like the type who went straight from high school into the military.  Not a genius -- she kind of looks retarded.  Maybe it was too much TV or one too many vaccines.

tmosley's picture

When she said "by herself" she means she learned it in the military.

A friend of mine went into the military and learned the same languages.

astitchintime's picture

Alex, I'll take "Equal Opportunity Gone Wrong" for $1000 please

;)

Mr_mud's picture

Winner is a Ashkenazi Jewish surname.  They are known for high IQ, particularly in language skills...

"Winner Name Meaning

 

English (Norfolk): unexplained. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Wiener."
- ancestry.com
andrewp111's picture

It "wasn't on her own". The military has schools to teach those languages.

divingengineer's picture

Defense Language Institute in Monterey,Ca.
They do Chinese and Russian too.
Naval language school. Crash course type training.

Hi khiana.

At least that's what I heard at the bar.

shovelhead's picture

Buddy of mine in high school took 2 years of Russian the first year it was offered and joined the Navy after graduating instead of getting drafted. After intense training he was attached to ONI/NSA doing Soviet intercepts in Turkey and learning crypto. Did his 20 and landed a sweet VP gig for huge money in a Fortune 50 company trying to crack into Russia.

His FB page shows pics of his family at his Adriatic villa on the coast. His life is a textbook case of a perfect confluence of circumstances based on nothing more than a small tic in a course sheet in high school because the new young Russian teacher was "hotter than hell".

Such is life.

booboo's picture

Trump should pardon her IF she gets convicted.......in 2024.... that is a big IF

LewisDodgson's picture

Her name is "Reality Winner"? Is this a joke?

Giant Meteor's picture

 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.

well probably not quite on her own ...

seems to me she would have been a highly sought after asset with those qualifications ..

edit; or rather, a well placed asset ...

just fesses right up .. cops to everything, 123, easy peasey , just like that ..

xrxs's picture

 Rosetta Stone maybe?XD

HRH Feant2's picture

Probably one of the DLIs. They like to get them young.

null's picture

Big deal, academic knowledge of a few related languages.
Most likely simply an impulsive criminal act by an average person who stayed clean for a few years out of high school and accidentally got a security clearance.

Twox2's picture

"Her name is "Reality Winner"? Is this a joke?"

Well, we know it's not Ima...

Bigly's picture

Her mother must have hated her, right?

Sad.

subversion's picture

Liberalism truly is a mental disorder and we have living proof in mdb.

Francis Marx's picture

Well..well..well

Little Miss Muffet Sat on a tuffet, Writing her code and words; Along came a agent, Who sat down beside her and put little Miss Muffet away

 

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Who hired Ms. Muffet, though? I guess she already had a security clearance. It makes more sense since she was in the military. She is still very young. You guys are strict. I do not think I would have made it as a prosecutor.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Who hired Ms. Muffet, though? I guess she already had a security clearance. It makes more sense since she was in the military. She is still very young. You guys are strict. I do not think I would have made it as a prosecutor.

HRH Feant2's picture

It isn't that fucking hard to get a TS when you are young. I had one at age 19. So what?

astitchintime's picture

Completely true, HRH Feant2.

I had a TS CNWDI at age 21.

HRH Feant2's picture

I was a repair techie and needed one to go into the comm center to repair stuff. They covered up the attached crypto gear with gray plastic covers and stashed everything else. What did I see that was secret? Nothing. I did my job and got the fuck out. I hated all that creepy spy shit. Not my cuppa tea.

I haven't worked for the government in many, many years. For a reason.

I spent a winter at Massweiler in the former West Germany. It sucked. Well the export beer was good and so were the rumpsteaks and salat mit krauter butter. Other than that the place sucked.

We didn't have two diesel train engines out back to fire up the lights or the kitchen for 200 people, either. Shit, we could have done that with one of the portable generators we used in the field to keep the comm huts fired up. No big deal. Those two diesel train engines were back up power for bigger things than the fucking kitchen and lights.

astitchintime's picture

I hear you loud and clear HRH Feant2.

I received my clearance during my enlistment in the US Army during EOD training. I was uncomfortable with the briefing that I received after my chemical training was completed at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. After I relocated to Indian Head, MD for the nuclear portion of the training, it became apparent to me that if I continued the course I would be 'accountable' for the rest of my life if I continued on.

I opted out soon after that briefing. I returned to the 225th Maintenance Co at Fort Sill, OK for the remainder of my enlistment, happy to be rebuilding transmissions, transfer cases and differentials as part of the component rebuild shop awaiting my ETS.

Thank you for your service and good wishes to you and yours!

PS. I never got the opportunity to serve abroad, but my ex-husband did serve in Germany and he mostly loved it! The beer, food, camaraderie and castle-visiting and travel stories I still remember from decades ago.

HRH Feant2's picture

Back at ya Stich! Germany was fun and the good thing was I didn't spend very long at that remote site until I was transferred.

I was happy to serve. I was young. Good way to see the world but back then we didn't have all this nonsense going on. Different time, different era.

Even so I knew if I blabbed about anything I would have been courtmartialed and sent to Leavenworth. Which is where leakers belong.

Nice to meet another lass that served!

astitchintime's picture

Yep, definitely different time and era .. hit the nail on the head there!

Peace be with you and happy to have served with you ... maybe not the same time or place but yeah, happy to have exchanged some memories with you :)

Be well, my new friend ;)

Robert Trip's picture

Bye baby.

Catch you later.

It's looking like much later.

Enjoy Martha and Lawanga in stir.

chrsn's picture

They've all got the smug look down pat

Barry McBear's picture

I think she'll do just fine in women's prison... if you know what I mean ;-)

peippe's picture

all those linguistic skills, was she using them eavesdropping on intercepts? cuz she won't pass for middle eastern on the ground with that lily-white skin.....

hope she's fired, or in Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tmosley's picture

Military intelligence has a ton of people doing exactly that. If you go in as a language specialist, you will have to learn them.

Thebighouse's picture

How come Bernie's campaign contributions (which are all his tax free monies, right????) are not included in his annual income?

Just because they are tax free, does NOT mean they are NOT INCOME.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

She ain't a "Bernie" supporter... And that's a fact!

Fuck this ugly smelly cunt!!! She's a DOD/CIA/DOS SUPPORTER and looks for her next "meal ticket" based on the "mission" that she's given!

You want to know what's destroying America???... It's this bitch and her commander-in-chief who sell out to Goldman Sachs!!!

silverer's picture

Maybe she'll learn a little bit more about how ultra left wing liberalism and cultural Marxism works. Just like the old Soviet Union, baby. It went like this: Thanks, workers unions, for all the support to get our communist party in place, but now that we've consolidated power and have no competition, we don't need you useful idiots anymore. You'll all work in factory 106 for the same pay as everyone else.

norecovery's picture

Reality is stranger than...

peippe's picture

there's  H2O boarding, 

then there's covFeFe boarding for the 'specials'.  

Bryan's picture

Political activists everywhere, but not many seem to want to actually work and be productive for a living.  Let's all guess what her college degree was in.  I vote for Political Science.

 

dangerb407's picture

confirmed coalburner

Hulk's picture

Contacted the news agency on her desktop via email !!! And her mom states that she is smart ??? We got two winners !!!

HRH Feant2's picture

I know. Mom said she learned three Middle East languages "on her own!" Ya, right. She learned them because the military sent her to school. For someone that was "bored with school" she sure spent of lot of time with her head in the books.

Rubicon727's picture

Maybe I've been reading too much news online.

You mean to tell me her actual name is "REALITY?" If so, there's a "reality" problem that appears to stem all the way back to (per usual) THE PARENTS!

What were they smokin' in Texas when REALITY was born?

OMG. This country really is going insane.