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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VWAndy's picture

 A new lefty champion?

Ms No's picture

Yep.  Her prize is an invite to the fag-o-rama in California where they do the owl thing.  Then they will probably kill her and dump her wherever they put Scalia, Seth Rich, the barbell guy and Foster.  That place where autopsies never happen, computers sit in police custody without review of critical evidence and pillows are dangerous, because this whole story is BS.

 

LA_Goldbug's picture

That face of hers says it all, "I have made it even though I'm an idiot". I bet she has a loud mouth and knows it all since the age of 5.

smacker's picture

Winner is gonna be a luzer.

Ms No's picture

Bull dykes for ISIS!

 

joego1's picture

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Free Man's picture

Hmm.... a 'document' concocted and essentially waved in front of a Trump hater enticing her to print the 'document' and send it to whomever she pleased.

fliebinite's picture

Needs to prosecuted with Extreme Prejudice

phantom blot's picture

when the fuck did "Reality" become a name in america? 

Ms No's picture

Bernie the Bolshevik Zionist has been right in the middle of all kinds of things.

He toasted Ron Paul's audit the Fed bill and gave the banks what they wanted, despite the bill having overwhelming public support.

He threw the fight for Hillary.

After throwing the fight for Hillary he did nothing to correct the destruction of our election system.

Seth Rich mistakenly believed in him, now has been murdered and not one shit is given by Bernie.

Now this BS agent operative is supposedly a fan of his.

Do people still believe in Bernie?

 

 

Silver Savior's picture

She is hot and a fan of Bernie Sanders!

LOL123's picture

She got a scholarship in basket weaving and joined the sorority of I cum loudly... Sanders gave a lecture there on how to work in the government departments without really trying....

headless blogger's picture

I find this to be utter nonsense. A 25 year old chick flick Millenial who is a Liberal extremist with Top Security Clearance?

And another thing; once again Glenn Greenwald's name is linked to another "leaker". Chelsea Manning, then Snowden, and now Reality Winner. Even her name is suspicious. 

This entire story has Psy-Ops written all over it. Amazing how stupid the people who run "Intelligence" operations are these days.

So, They are just Fucking giving out Security Clearances to people. Like candy. Either she was set up to take the blame for the Stupid Fuck-ups in the NSA and CIA, or she's part of the operation. Sadly, suspicion grows regarding Greenwald as well.

Erwin643's picture

No, I don't think so.

One thing that I learned in the business myself was that nine times out of ten things really are what they appear to be. No conspiracies, etc.

ozzzzo's picture

They do give out security clearances freely; unlike candy which you have to pay for. That's why there are no candy leaks. 

Navymugsy's picture

There are thousands of them and they are vocal Trump opponents. They constantly bitch about the President and the Republicans and this is what they resort to for retribution.

ClickNLook's picture

At some point majority of government would be millenials.

And that point is not too far away...

Erwin643's picture

Especially since 9/11, it's been total Amatuer Hour, in the way that people are hired into the U.S. Intelligence Community.

The Russians, on the other hand: Since Day One in the USSR, you didn't apply to the KGB: They came to you. They grabbed the cream of the crop from the entire Soviet Society. If you did want a job with them, you went to Leningrad University, where they MIGHT hire you.

A few years ago while at Ft. Meade, MD, myself: Because there were complaints about the shortage of people in the Intelligence Community, guess what they did?

They started a two-year A.A. Degree program in Intelligence Studies at the local Ann Arundel Community College. I shit you not.

LA_Goldbug's picture

So I guess it is time to take out the word "Intelligence" out of their 3-letter coding.

Wahooo's picture

All you need to know is a mideast language or two and you're hired.

RICKYBIRD's picture

She probably wasn't all that competent in them. These are not things that can be picked up quickly, even with a year's study at the Defense Foreign Language institute. She probably analyzed communications texts and looked for certain words in them.

Erwin643's picture

Oh yeah? 

Well my name just so happens to be Saphire Sparkles, so there!!!

buffed's picture

When they're too ooglee to find a date they join the Democratic Party.

Thom Paine's picture

Hannity pretty good today, even covered the fake CNN faking news (again).

 

AND just as bad as Londoninistan terrorist sympathising mayor, the Premier of Victoria is also a coward, let it go, traitor to Australia

Violent extremism part of contemporary Australia: Andrews

Premier Daniel Andrews has come under fire for declaring Victorians must accept that violent extremism is part of contemporary Australia, as his government considers federal plans to beef up anti-terrorism laws.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/terror-threat-premier-daniel-andrews-u...

These people have no business being representatives because they refuse their duty to protect citizens, and instead introduce a new danger to the people as being acceptable.    

So I wonder how Premier Daniel Andrews would feel if his wife was raped and stabbed in the throat by a terrorists - would he say..meh...we just got to live with it???

LOL123's picture

Wasserman schultz"s daughter?....lol and just as bright ... She loaned the voice changer to her mum. Lol

Krungle's picture

So ignoring her made up name and back story, we're supposed to believe that a Bernie supporter working for the NSA would be a whistleblower FOR the CIA and then gets arrested by the FBI. Umm, ok. The last Bernie supporter leaked DNC documents. The Russia nonsense doesn't help Bernie. But it does help Hildebeast and Langley. Like seriously when was the last time a whistleblower released documents saying "Hey, the government wasn't lying!" And since when does the Intercept trust US intel? The whole thing is fishy. But on the day Qatar gets busted for paying Iran a billion dollars because Al Qaeda captured Qatari royals on a hunting trip in Iraq, well, I think we've officially jumped the shark.

FoggyWorld's picture

And she used her work email and it sounds as if she used the US mail to send something to the Intercept.   Nobody is home.

LA_Goldbug's picture

This puppet was especially carefully picked for the US audience of Sheep.

1) Reality Leigh Winner - give me a fk-en break as to memes in this one.
2) TEXAS - Hell, must be one strong, fearless, INDEPENDENT MINDED individual
3) Athlete, excelled in tennis and athletics. - a badge to be a Superhero
4) Stars - just look at that stupid photo and her shirt
Well I must shut my eyes and just listen to what this "leaker" has to say.

Hey NSA, pull out that leaker named "Phantom Boogie Loser" next time.

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

fucking whores everywhere...90% whores 10%< women..

 

a fucking free for all......soceity has peaked...only down from here..............filthy fucking whores....light your hair on fire

hooligan2009's picture

so this is another law that Clinon, Abedin et al broke, that should result in the confiscation of Clinton Foundation assets - or perhaps the "foundation" device is and always has been expected to circumvent any personal liability and anti-foundatin laws are required in the same way that "anti-trust" laws were required over 00 years ago.

from here: www.gpo.gov/.../USCODE-2011-title18-partI-chap37-sec793.pdf

read the bold bits for the buts of this

§ 793. Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

(a) Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, goes upon, enters, flies over, or otherwise obtains information concerning any vessel, aircraft, work of defense, navy yard, naval station, submarine base, fueling station, fort, battery, torpedo station, dockyard, canal, railroad, arsenal, camp, factory, mine, telegraph, telephone, wireless, or signal station, building, office, research laboratory or station or other place connected with the national defense owned or constructed, or in progress of construction by the United States or under the control of the United States, or of any of its officers, epartments, or agencies, or within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States, or any place in which any vessel, aircraft, arms, munitions, or other materials or instruments for use in time of war are being made, prepared, repaired, stored, or are the subject of research or development, under any contract or agreement with the United States, or any department -or agency thereof, or with any person on behalf of the United States, or otherwise on behalf of the United States, or any prohibited
place so designated by the President by proclamation in time of war or in case of national emergency in which anything for the use of the Army, Navy, or Air Force is being prepared or constructed or stored, information as to which prohibited place the President has determined would be prejudicial to the national defense; or

(b) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, and with like intent or reason to believe, copies, takes, makes, or obtains, or attempts to copy, take, make, or obtain, any sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, document, writing,
or note of anything connected with the national defense; or (c) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, receives or obtains or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain from any person, or from any source whatever, any document, writing, code
book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note, of anything connected with the national defense, knowing or having reason to believe, at the time he receives or obtains, or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain it, that it has been or will be obtained, taken, made, or disposed of by any person contrary to the provisions of this chapter; or (d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense
which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates,
delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information,
relating to the national defense,

(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered
to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or

(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

§ 794 TITLE 18—CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Page 172

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy.

(h)(1) Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of State law, any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, from any foreign government, or any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, as the result of such violation.
For the purposes of this subsection, the term ‘‘State’’ includes a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
(2) The court, in imposing sentence on a defendant for a conviction of a violation of this section, shall order that the defendant forfeit to the United States all property described in paragraph
(1) of this subsection.
(3) The provisions of subsections (b), (c), and
(e) through (p) of section 413 of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (21 U.S.C. 853(b), (c), and (e)–(p)) shall apply to—
(A) property subject to forfeiture under this subsection;
(B) any seizure or disposition of such property;
and
(C) any administrative or judicial proceeding in relation to such property, if not inconsistent with this subsection.
(4) Notwithstanding section 524(c) of title 28, there shall be deposited in the Crime Victims Fund in the Treasury all amounts from the forfeiture of property under this subsection remaining after the payment of expenses for forfeiture and sale authorized by law.

are we there yet's picture

The Clinton foundation assets were already moved to Qatar to be outside of the US courts power.

hooligan2009's picture

wow, so the clintons are fuding ISIS?

FreedomWriter's picture

Yeah, can't wait until CENTCOM brings in the Federal Agents to seize those "safe" CF assets. I doubt the Qataris want to be labelled "sponsors of State terrorism" by Tillerson's new, improved State Department. Seems like a reasonable trade-off to me. 

Remember: money talks, bullshit walks.

Next thing you know, a Russian-Qatari joint gas-pipeline venture ensures that Syria becomes a peaceful dictatorship once again.

And when Iran pays all that Obama hostage money back and the sanctions are lifted, there WILL be peace in the Middle East.

Everybody wins, except perhaps some MIC players and Georgy Soros.

It's called "The Art of the Deal" and Trump is supposed to be pretty good at it.

Hellary will shit her Depends after she figures this all out, probably while brooding in a cell.

shadow54's picture

The NSA docs the Intercept published simply show more inept NSA work.

The leaked NSA docs show no proof that the phishers were Russians. They just claim that without evidence. The document even says it was the sort of operation, "practically any hacker can pull off." The phishing is demonstrated as a method of having to access to documents in a branch of government. Meaning the phishers are just spies watching government, not interfering in an election. There are many foreign state actors, Billionaires, corporations etc that may set up spying on various branches of government. They would use mostly hacking software developed by Russians, CIA, Chinese even North Koreans. If they made it look like they were Russians they were probably not Russians.

LA_Goldbug's picture

"They just claim that without evidence."
That is their "modes operand", as they know the American audience will not question anything. The grand titles give them nearly automatic authority to say whatever they please with the understanding that they not be questioned by the Public.

Panic Mode's picture

Can we regard her as a terrorist now? BTW, not a very wise name, Reality. Really??

 

Thom Paine's picture

And the added problem is the NSA could have created and insereted any number of fake data and documents, but vague enough to not be pinned down for lying.

This stupid bitch has probably run across a number of them and wet her panties in excitement, and took one for leaking.

 

Another problem with language learning is that you learn the culture and can become quite enamoured with it.

I would be checking all her writings to check where her sympathy now is.

Thom Paine's picture

They did not need to use her as a spook.

Just another unamed source is fine, with the contents of the document shown on CNN.

This is such a low level stuff, it is pointless to waste a spook on it. Especially one so obviously hating Trump to cloud the issue.

Akhenaten II's picture

Sounds like more 'fake news' to me.

Sid Davis's picture

Maybe the person who investigated her before she got top secret security clearance should be looking for a new job himself. Her background doesn't exactly sound like someone who is a patriotic American.

I hope she likes her alternative reality, i.e., her new 6 x 9 living quarters.

She is pure millennial.

Navymugsy's picture

Just another retarded, narcissistic millenial in the IC. There are thousands of them and they don't care what they say or release just as long as they think it will damage President Trump. Please don't let her cop a plea and walk after a few months in prison.

homonohumanus's picture

Well that sounds like a last dished effort to give body to that "russian intervention propaganda", it is cleverly done as the noise about fracking surrounding her claim on RUssia will resonate properly with the intendd target.

 

As a side note I believe Trump is completely wrong about fracking, it is a disaster in the making...

Robert Trip's picture

"Reality sucks."

Thom Paine's picture

She will not escape trial.

DOJ Sessions and Whitehouse will make sure she is made an example of.

Open and shut case so should be quick and easy. They will look to get maximum prison term, but they wont.

At least 5 years prison though.

AND if the look further they may find she was sharing information with others besides. She may have inadvertently revealed other leakers in the org as well.

Wait and see.  AND if they find that she planned the move to the job in order to get info to leak - then 10-20 years.

Lost in translation's picture

I'm going to respectfully disagree with you.

The US is - or was the last time I checked - at war.

She has committed treason against the United States in time of war. Charge her as such, put her on trial and, upon conviction, execute her.

Traitors merit death.

Lost in translation's picture

US servicemen are in the combat zone. They ought not to be there, it's Unconstitutional for them to be there, but there they are, indeed. She has committed treason. Full stop.

Please go back to HuffPo, and play your puerile semantic games with the other illiterates. There they'll give you all of the attention you so desperately seek.