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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apoplectic query's picture

So the higher level person that put her up to it gets a pass?

Thom Paine's picture

So her leaking was nothing to do with the USA and all to do with her hatred of Trump.

A politically motivated leak.  Makes her nothing like Assange or Snowden.

It was done with malice.

Expect her to do some years in prison.

Anteater's picture

No, a real waste would be if unelected non-scientist Al Gore succeeds in undermining US institutions and the US Constitution, in mass treason by imposing a supra-national communist organization of Climatollahs in Brussels on the American people through rogue local, county and state politicians, and their wikken minions gribbling within Mil.Gov.Fed at the highest levels.

THAT would be a real waste.

 

lasvegaspersona's picture

Young, concerned...and not a tenth the smarts of Snowden.

...can she even solve a 3x3x3?

Full Court Lugenpresse's picture

I have seen some industrial-grade shitlib meltdowns since the election but I think this broad takes the cake

passerby's picture

A cardboard honor box selling chips and cookies has better security.

JLee2027's picture

She is someone who took her personal poltical views and betrayed the United States, while thinking it was a patriotic act.  It was two intentional acts, printing something she had no business printing and then emailing it.  

They have hung people in the past for less. Unfortunetly for her, she will be made an example of. 

HRH Feant2's picture

Mailed document via snail mail. Apparently she didn't know that all mail is photographed. Both sides.

konadog's picture

She should legally change her name to Hillary Clinton.

Duc888's picture

 

 

I just farted.  OMG, climate change.

Ummm, Bernie is a fucking sellout.  You have a small mind and a tiny, tiny little ant brain if you think his socialist policies would have fixed anything.  Look south to Maduro.

Trump is your President asshole, get over it.  I had to put up with 8 gdamned years of MR Shuck and Jive, the pathyological liar Magic Negro.....so you can suck it up for 4 years.

MatrixLinx's picture

Here is a link to the White House requesting an investigation into Seth Rich's Murder please go and sign

 https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appoint-special-prosecutor-inv...

konadog's picture

Good catch. Signed it - for whatever good it might do.  If the deep state can assassinate JFK, RFK, and MLK with impunity, I'm not holding out much hope for Seth. But what the hell...

koan's picture

"Reality Winner" Yep she won 10 years in prison and that is fucking harsh reality.

I also don't think the info she dropped is really what people think it is, I have stated before there is little way to know what Russia did as it can easily be obfuscated.

I don't care for Trump, I know that's not popular here.
But people seem to forget that security agencies fucking with each other is what they are supposed to do.
And if we got our election hacked by Russian security agencies, what that says to me is we aren't on the ball, not "Russia is the enemy".
Keep the important stuff offline, or suck it up when it gets hacked.

Grow the fuck up.

juicy_bananas's picture

Barry Soetoro

Tim Osman

Carlos Danger

John Skippy Podesta

Reality Winner

DavidFL's picture

Smells like she was used and then set up. I am sure the reason the report is top seceret is due to its fabrication of facts. It is an intentional leak and all they needed was a gulible person to set it free. Incredible.

thebigunit's picture

Isn't that just what Hillary did?

 on May 9, 2017, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information

There is no evidence that Reality INTENDED to improperly remove classified material.

Thom Paine's picture

Indeed, Ms Reality could have moved the entire NSA server to her basement, and got off on the Clinton defense. There was no intent to be naughty.

ebear's picture

Can't use the Chewbacca defence 'cos this chick's definitely from Endor.

TeethVillage88s's picture

They say the Meek shall inherit the Earth... bullshit... might be true if we had a Christian Nation instead of a nation that simply accepted Christian Principals.

Hm... I heard Lockheed Martin turned over F-35 to the Israelis and... the Israelis are a highway of information to the Russian Scientists... so... could be we have major leaks in

- Germany
- UK
- France
- Hillary & Bill Clinton Presidency (Tech data to Chinese)
- Obama Admin (To anyone willing to listen)
- Israel
- Hillary & Bill Clinton to the Russians (Through Lobbying Channels)
- Jonathan Pollard, Jonathan Pollack & Kenneth Pollack

motoXdude's picture

And tonight there is one less resident in the trailer park.

ImUncleSam_ThatsWhoIAm's picture

I'm seeing reports that this bitch tried to set up a back channel with the enemy and revealed classified, top secret information to the enemy's face!  In the Oval Office no less! 

 

Oh wait...

 

Nevermind. 

That was the POTUS.  Carry on. 

Thom Paine's picture

Dude, ALL presidents had back channels to multiple leaders. It is Standard procedure.

And a POTUS by definition cannot criminally leak classified information.

zipit's picture

Why do they give these kinds of security clearances to 25-year olds?

juicy_bananas's picture

We patsied some folks.

HoserF16's picture

What a bullshit story. NSA is full of shit.

lake's picture

I'll be very interested to see how much time she gets.

Robert A. Heinlein's picture

For some reason when I look at her picture, Dueling Banjo's come to mind. 

TeethVillage88s's picture

Davy! Davy Crocket!

Home of the wild red sea!

konadog's picture

Dumb and Dumber definitely come to mind. I wouldn't be surprised if some asshole like Hayden used this young and impressionable girl as a means to an end. They're very desperate to bolster the bullshit Russia narrative. These so called "intelligence" agencies know the American people are finally starting to realize how incompetent, dangerous and corrupt they've become.

ebear's picture

Trailer Park Boys.

Could be Bubbles' girlfriend.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Looney, Where is Looney/

- Colonel Clink is a Misogynist for thinking Frau Gertrud Hoffmeyer, GEN Burkholter's Sister, was ugly and unattractive

Yeah

That is where we are.

Fuck you

TeethVillage88s's picture

Under Sharia Law... Women can be Beaten by Men.

Thank You, Sadiq Kahn, Mayor of London.

Yeah

That is where we are.

Fuck You!

- Never will succeed a nation under rule of a woman (Sharia)(Hillary)(Theresa May)(Frau Angela Merkle)

TeethVillage88s's picture

Brother Nathanael says

Taking down Confederate Symbols, statues, flags is the work of

- Southern Poverty Law Center
- ADL

Wow... so it wasn't Americans (I mean US Citizens)(maybe it was half citizens)(and maybe it is half citizens that push for Refugee infiltration as Wealthy move capital offshore)?

- What is the rate of money flow out of each US State?
- What is the rate of Jobs fleeing off shore?
- What is the rate of money flowing out of each state, by international banks receipts, by money fleeing to Washington DC & Wall Street?

BLS?
Census?
BAE?
Federal Reserve, FRED, ALFRED
CBO
OMB

TheAnswerIs42's picture

Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro
Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw.
Had two big horns and a wooly jaw.
Wooly bully, wooly bully.
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.

Hatty told Matty, "Let's don't take no chance.
Let's not be L-seven, come and learn to dance."
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.

Matty told Hatty, "That's the thing to do.
Get you someone really to pull the wool with you."
Wooly bully, wooly bully.
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE_MpQhgtQ8

RSDallas's picture

Something stinks here. It may take us a while to smell it out.

juicy_bananas's picture

Hey could have been worse, she could have leaked info on Killary's campaign and the DNC.  Then gotten shot multiple times in the back in an attempted "robbery". 

One question:

How do you conclude it was a robbery when there are no witnesses?

IridiumRebel's picture

Look. They didn't take his wallet. Obviously it was a robbery.
His name was Seth Rich.

fishwharf's picture

She has a great name.

nukegm's picture

perhaps she can live broadcast for CNN from her prison cell.

Pvt Joker's picture

If I understand this correctly , she disclosed hat the US House and Senate intelligence committees said could NOT be disclosed .   have I got that right?

any_mouse's picture

Smells fishy.

#1 "Reality Winner"

#2 Mom's not too concerned.

Knowing her daughter is in deep shit for something the mother doesn't understand, "[the mother ] who laughed when asked if she had taught them to her daughter". Evidently the mother is not too worked up about her daughter's future, if she can laugh.

#3 She prints the document from the same workstation she uses to EMAIL the Intercept.

I worked in a corporate environment where there was zero access to any email other than the corporate email. Product descriptions displayed on my screen had a watermark identifying my work computer if I made screenshot or screen print.

She is either too stupid to be working for the NSA or taking a fall for the deep state.

#4 I doubt the veracity of the hacking story.

I am thinking the closest to truth would be RT America telephone polling 100 local election officials.

Where is the intense investigation into Democrats adjusting votes? The bag of votes for Al Franken that were left in the trunk and only brought out when the vote was close to a Franken loss. "Always keep a bag of votes out of the count just in case it's needed later." Chicago style politics. The old Jedi waved his hand and said "those are not the vote hackers you are looking for". The FBI moved on, focusing instead on Russians. The not-Jews.

#5 This an excellent way to blackwash Trump's election and the dastardly Russians, without any evidence. The story must be true because it was LEAKED, not "released for publication".

#6 NSA's first duty before all else, is to forward raw intercepts of ALL communications to Mossad.

Too bad this fertilizer does not help plants grow.

Brawndo would be a better product than this piece of shit.

I love your wife's picture

It probably smells fishy because of the way she smuggled it out of the SCIF.

MarsInScorpio's picture

To all:

Focusing on "who hired her" and ignoring the content of the intelligence is as much a trip into Denial as is the focus on "Russian hacking" and ignoring the content of the emails that were released showing an endless stream of criminality by Hillary, Bill, Obama, Loretta, John P., Debbie, Huma, et al.

In short, those of you going on and on with that "who hired her" line are just as Avoidist as are the Clinton Crime Clan, and the Malicious Seditious Media.

If what the intelligence said is true, and the GRU was, in fact, hacking local election officials, I want to know what they were after. I recall two seismic events tangential to that revelation:

1) The report that as many as 100 election office computers - not the polling machines, but the databases - were attacked. I never heard a word about successful stealing of data.

2) That was when the Homeland Security Thug, excuse me, Director, first proposed the need for the election process be turned over to his department for "safe keeping."

Now, I expect the same questions I just wrote about will resurface if this confirms the GRU activity in those computers. As I said, I want to know what the GRU was trying to tap.

Which, of course, leads directly to point 3:

3) We already know that the CIA, in cooperation with the NSA, produced hacking software that could be programmed to nail any country of choice. That raises the question of credibility that the hack as actually from the GRU, and not from the CIA trying to pin the tail on the GRU donkey.

We all saw how fast HS jumped at the chance to take over the election process. The problem is that this intel contradicts the sworn (not that that means anything any longer) testimony of DNI Clapper that the intelligence community had no direct evidence of Russian involvement in the election.

So we are supposed to believe that Clapper perjured himself again, to do what? Protect Trump?

That's insane. However, the massive contradiction is there anyway.

I see the Malicious Seditious Media is traveling at Warp 9 with this story. 

Wednesday's testimony by NSA Director Rogers will be a nuclear showdown.

Personally, I believe that no one can believe anything about the origin of that software - because - the CIA and NSA have completely discredited that technique to identify who is the real attacker.

And I believe the CIA and NSA not only could do this to oust Trump, but they did do this.

Ultimately, it's not as messy as assassination; however, you can believe that if this doesn't work, assassination is the next step by the Ruling Class executed (literally!) by their paid serial murderers, the CIA.