NSA Leaker 'Reality Winner' Already Feels Like A Ham-Handed PsyOp

ZeroPointNow's picture

So much doesn't add up about Reality Winner...

The 25 year old former US Air Force #NeverTrumper, born Sarah Leigh Winner, who held a top secret security clearance and maintained a very public anti-Trump presence on Social Media gets a job with NSA contractor Pluribus International and starts work in a Georgia NSA facility February 13th.

May 5th - the date the leaked document was allegedly created, detailing what the NSA claims are the results of an investigation into Russian election hacking based on new information received in April. The report is weak sauce - spend 5 minutes and read it... There is zero evidence of Russian hacking or influence - only a thinly supported narrative about an alleged spear phishing campaign and it's potential victims.

On May 9th, four days later - Winner printed, removed, and snail mailed this top secret classified intel which offerings absolutely zero proof to support its claims to The Intercept.

May 30th - The Intercept contacts a 'government agency' to let them know about the documents mailed to them by the rogue NSA contractor.  The online magazine then proceeds to throw Winner under the bus by giving the NSA / FBI information which they used to easily identify her. 

June 4th -  Suddenly retiring rising star family man Jason Chaffetz says he wants to see leakers 'in handcuffs.'

June 5th - The Intercept publishes a report 'confirming' Russia hacked the election.

An hour after The Intercept publishes - the FBI arrests Winner

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Some observations:

  • It's hard to believe the NSA hires contractors who would fail to properly vet and weed out a radicalized 25 year old political activist with Top Secret clearance who changed her name to 'Reality' and spouts aggressive rhetoric against a sitting President over social media.
  • Was Winner set up?
  • While it appears the Intercept totally fucked Winner over, given Glen Greenwald's experience with the Snowden leaks they should be experts at operational security. For them to hand over identifying information to the NSA was either intentional or incompetence. A third option is that perhaps the US Government was able to successfully threaten The Intercept.
  • Could the report itself have been an internal psyop meant to ensure employee loyalty?

Let's look at what Winner's 'leak' accomplishes:

  • Shifts the 'Russian Hacking' narrative away from the alleged DNC server breach and the report by 'tainted' cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike. It allows the 'deep state' to maintain the assertion that Russia literally 'meddled in the election' with an actual hack via phishing scam.
  • The leak addresses the growing credibility problem with 'anonymous sources.'
  • Conservatives are tearing Reality Winner apart; from her SJW online footprint to her tattoos to her autographed Anderson Cooper photo - the right is showing no mercy, and the MSM will likely spin this as the 'hypocritical and abusive right denigrates Bernie Sanders supporting leaker.'
  • Perhaps by design, Trump supporters may turning Winner a hero to the left - legitimizing her leak in the process.
  • Seth who? Rising nationalism in response to terrorism where?

Furthermore, I'm sure the weak minded will be in a moral quandary once the MSM is done with this; to those on the right and the left, how does 'evil' (or hero) Reality Winner's leak differ from 'hero' (or random victim) Seth Rich's leaks?

For starters, Winner's leak is the same brand of unverifiable horse shit we're being asked to trust again vs. undisputed DKIM verified emails exposed by Wikileaks which revealed vast corruption. That doesn't matter though - the leaks will likely be spun as equivalent by the MSM.

At the end of the day, Reality Winner just risked 10 years in prison for leaking documents which offer zero proof of Russian hacking. 

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oncemore's picture

I suppose she will have enough time in jail to change her sex. She is so awfully ugly.

Herr Deux's picture

His name was

Seth Rich.

 

Time for an article about the George Webb investigations, Tylers, or do I have to write the things myself?

montresor's picture

Is there no limit to the incompetence of US military leadership? Sometimes I wonder whose side they are on...

Thom Paine's picture

Winner got conned, and ruined herself, and scared the shit out of others like her in the business.

When she gets prison they will know that the game is for real and that the new management are not all Clinton arse lickers now.

Especially if the NSA advertises that it salts fake data and reports into the system to catch others.

The Big problem Winner has is that her leaking wasn't to reveal corruption of the system against the country or its people aka Snowden.

Her actions were totally personal and based on hatred - i.e. for personal profit - to get Trump.

  • This means she really is fucked, there is no basis for leniency  in sentencing.

 

 

IAmRunningMan's picture

"Her actions were totally personal and based on hatred - i.e. for personal profit - to get Trump."

 

That is indeed the salient point in this story.

IAmRunningMan's picture

"Her actions were totally personal and based on hatred - i.e. for personal profit - to get Trump."

 

That is indeed the salient point in this story.

andrej's picture

Judging by how Winner is portrayed by the baizuo media (gentle hearted yoga vegan animal lover etc), something definitely stinks here.

Herr Deux's picture

Tylers, I'm looking at you....

Why the fucking silence on Seth Rich, the Awans, Hrc's ratline, the DNC corruption and all the other bombs George Webb is producing on a daily basis?

 

Von Berger's picture

Been reading the posts on ZH for 2 years , was accepted recently ...... I enjoy the freedom of speech as we have nothing comparable in the UK.

I concur with HD on the silence issue. Seth Rich seems a explosive story thats being stifled.
Yes' George Webb's like a ferret down a rabbit hole.
Interesting times.

Thom Paine's picture

ZH has had Seth Rich stories up on top a few times and for a while.  It hasn't been ignoring the issue. Just that some want it up on top non stop.

But you need to have something new to peg  a new comentary on. Also loses its effect if you just have the same stuff plastered on top all the time.

I already accused ZH running scared once, but they later had a Seth Rich story sitting on top for a good while.

 

R2U2's picture

Occam’s razor:

1. Reality Winner leaks documents on secret orders from her boss to deep state mouthpiece Intercept to keep Russian hacking farce in the news.
2. She doesn’t take security precautions because she’s following orders and thnks she’s protected by NSA.
3. Incompetent Intercept reporter seeking confirmation reveals source to out-of-the-loop NSA bureaucrat. (Not part of NSA leak plan.)
4. Out-of-loop NSA bureaucrat has authority to make judgement call and informs out-of-loop FBI.
5. FBI arrests Winner. Clusterfuck acheived.

 

 

DjangoCat's picture

Too many comments to read and its getting late.  The one thing that jumps out at me is the involvement of the Intercept.  I have been suspicious of them for some time and this confirms.  Greenwald is not with us, or with Snowden.  He has been betrayed.

BeepBeepRichie's picture

His name was Seth Rich

Poptech's picture

This so called NSA "analysis" is purely hypothetical and completely unverifiable.

 

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3766950-NSA-Report-on-Russia-Spearphishing.html#document/p1

 

Look at the graphic on the last page of the released NSA document and it says in the legend:

"Yellow Line = Analyst Judgement"

 

The graphic with no verifiable evidence claims that the hackers (operators) were:

"Probably within <- (Yellow Line) -> Russian GRU"

 

The rest of the document is filled with more hypothetical language that would be considered worthless by any competent cyber-security professional. The following is copied word for word from the document:

 

"...likely used data obtained from the operation to..."

"...potentially used to..."

"...presumably to..."

"...presumably with the purpose of..."

"...appeared to be designed to..."

"...probably trying to obtain..."

"It is unknown whether the aforementioned spear-fishing deployment successfully compromised all the intended victims, and what potential data from the victim could be exfiltrated."

"...it was likely that..."

"It[s] possible that..."

"This likely indicates..."

"...was not confirmed."

"...it was likely that..."

"It is unknown whether..."

"...an unknown payload..."

"...probably running..."

"The unknown payload very likely installs..."

"...it is unknown if there was..."

"...it was likely intended for..."

"...sent what appeared to be..."

"It appeared the threat actors intent was..."

"...presumably with the purpose of..."

Betrayed's picture

Look a Squirrel

Who murdered Seth Rich.

oromae's picture

ZeroPointNow, I believe you've hit this one out of the park. Nicely done.

koan's picture

It's a fake, the name "Reality Winner" sticks in your mind doesn't it? You could make a meme of it couldn't you?
They couldn't have picked a more ridiculously memorable name if they used "covfefe".

And the HuffPO shrill scream types will jump all over this as evidence without turning a page to actually read it.

Dave Whiteman's picture

what is the sound of one bull crapping?

Benito_Camela's picture

Just as was said, the contents of this leak amount to bullshit. Squat. Diddly. They prove nothing and are full of the same generalities and implicit demands that the reader accept the word of whichever crony in the agency put it together.  Same as the JAR report from December/January.  I can see absolutely zero legit compelling reasons to leak OR publish this so-called analysis. 

The Intercept clearly rushed to publish without applying any technical skepticism and as a result, this patsie is going to serve 10 years as yet another example not to fuck with the NSA or MIC. 

I appreciate some of the work TI does (not all) but if they are indeed to blame for outing this (stupid, naive) chick, then there has to be some kind of consequence. 

z89101's picture

This is a distraction! Stay on Seth Rich, Awan Bros., Eric Braverman etc... Bring Down the DNC crime Syndicate.

goober's picture

I completely agree we are being diverted from the many real crimes continuously 24/7/365. Little things like Hillarys email crimes and of course Pedogate are easily covered up by keeping other stories alive and very convoluted and complex with lots of players and lots of irrational parts and pieces.

This article proves how easy it is to accomplish. People going off in all directions when it is simply what happens when you get enough crazies in the wrong positions within any of the government agencies. It is too simplistic so we must complicate the obvious. She is simply another anti Trump whack job.

Sometimes ZH is really good at zeroing in and drilling down to the facts. Other times it is becoming a bit more convoluted and the joooos are at fault for all wrongs in the world ?

Nobodys Home's picture

"Little things like Hillarys email crimes and of course Pedogate are easily covered up by keeping other stories alive"

Little things?

VWAndy's picture

 Both teams are in it up to their necks.

SummerSausage's picture

The NSA report says voter databases were hacked by the Russians but DHS assured us it had scanned 48 states for vulnerabilities (2 states Ohio and GA opted out) so all was good.

DHS later tried to hack into Georgia's database and was caught.  The GA Sec of State on Dec 8 demanded an explanation which was never forthcoming.

So, we have Obama telling Putin in September to "cut it out" and we KNOW Putin lived in fear and awe of Obama.

We have the DHS inspecting 48 states for any cyber vulnerabilities and finding none.

We have Georgia who declined the DHS offer because they had robust defenses in place stopping a potential hack by DHS (but NOT the Russians) which DHS won't explain.

We have an improbably named "Reality Winner" AKA "Delusional Loser" leaking a self serving Deep State Obama/Clinton narrative to the Intercept via snail mail.

Sounds legit.

SmittyinLA's picture

The intercept didn't fuck over Winner, what she gave them implicated herself, the data she leaked was booby trapped.

A rat hunt works like this you distribute juicy bait to all the potential rats, each "bait" is lil different.

When the bait is leaked the NSA checks their list of potential leakers and compares it to the data leaked, then they narrow the list to a small group based on the leak differences because every potential leaker got a little bit different data, it's easy to ID the leaker.

Reality Winner is too stupid to be working in intelligence, she should be bred with a truck driver or something.

Benito_Camela's picture

I initially thought the same, but based on how it has been described by various sources, that wasn't the case. If it somehow was, then it was a diversion from the Seth Rich story and the fact that Comey is about to give Congress a big fat fucking bag of NOTHING when he testifies, CNN clickbait notwithstanding. 

goober's picture

I agree with your analysis. Is it also possible that we simply see the results of much of the insanity that has permeated current events ? Completely irrational thinking and false narratives dominating the air waves and cyber space ? The only thing I can say that seems for sure is that NSA and the other spook agencies are not looking out for anybody but themselves and the deep state shadow governement they have created and trying to maintain their own power and cushy jobs ?

This article tries to present too many alternative theories and purposes that drift too far from what seems to be a simple reality. There are many fucked up people in positions that they should not be in ! And yes all thes spook agencies play lots of agmes at every level. That is how our tax dollars are wasted to the extreme ! I am still in favor of simply draining the swamp ASAP ! Show me what is NOT a manipulation or created illusion from any of these government agencies in conjunction with PRAVDA/MSM, the propaganda/indoctrination arm of the deep state leftwing cabal, we see daily ?

I also agree the new Comey talk will be nothing but more false narratives, enuendo and false inferences with lots of double speak ! This guy has zero credability by his own actions and words any longer and should be under investigation himself.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Meanwhile, Trump let Hillary go. 

SummerSausage's picture

That was Obama and Comey, not Trump.

Zuhalter's picture

Given what's already known about her radical politics that she publicly posted, and Snowden's revelations how most NSA workers are poorly vetted through 2 or 3 layers of circuitous subcontractors, it's very easy to accept this on face value alone. This girl isn't a patsy. She's just naive and stupid.

Barrock's picture

Who in their right mind would now send send anything to The Intercept?  Ratting out their source is a big no no.

MarsInScorpio's picture

Barrock:

Absolutely correct.

And that is why I don't believe a word of the FBI / NSA narrative about tracking down Winner.

The Intercept is not a hobby blog written by someone looking to fill out their day. It is composed of professional journalistic investigators and therefore, they well know the maxim that, "I will go to jail to protect my sources."

Thank you for making that observation.

Barney Fife's picture
  • Conservatives are tearing Reality Winner apart; from her SJW online footprint to her tattoos to her autographedAnderson Cooperphoto - the right is showing no mercy, and the MSM will likely spin this as the 'hypocritical and abusive rightdenigrates Bernie Sanders supporting leaker.'

I ripped a few of you hypcrits a new one about this earlier.

Do you realize how ridiculous and transparent you look when you attempt to apply your juvenille, no.... infantile, double standards? 

Please knock that shit off. You fool no one except yourselves and look like completely and totally unprincipled and unanchored ass holes. 

Someday, when you grow up and mature, you'll learn the value of supporting a principle, even if that means supporting someone that you really cannot stand. 

silverer's picture

I for one, support leaking fake documents to help the Marxist ultra left wing cause in the US. I'll never leak those Russian documents that got Obama elected. I've covered them up and turned them into diner menus and Greek place mats right in DC where they'll never think of looking. Don't tell anyone, it's a secret. Thanks.

MarsInScorpio's picture

"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.

"I am a Court-Certified Expert Witness for Computer Crimes. 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. Nothing they conclude about it will stand up in court; neither the judicial court, nor the Court of Public Opinion.

". . . we all know what the Unholy Trinity of the FBI, CIA, and NSA will do - they have no guilt, no shame, no conscience - they are textbook cases of psychotic sociopaths.

"The only rational conclusion an open-minded individual can draw is that not only could the CIA and NSA do this to oust Trump, but accept the only option that agrees with everything we know about them: they did do this."

 

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.

I am a Court-Certified Expert Witness for Computer Crimes. 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. Nothing they conclude about it will stand up in court; neither the judicial court, nor the Court of Public Opinion.

That truth stated, we all know what the Unholy Trinity of the FBI, CIA, and NSA will do - they have no guilt, no shame, no conscience - they are textbook cases of psychotic sociopaths.

The only rational conclusion an open-minded individual can draw is that not only could the CIA and NSA do this to oust Trump, but accept the only option that agrees with everything we know about them: 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.

 

any_mouse's picture

They could reuse the plan where two "ex" intelligence agents lead a physical break in (Note: pre internet, now with everything always on line, update to cyber hacking by a foreign intelligence service. Suggest Putin's Russians.) at DNC HQ (Note: we want to encourage distrust of electoral process, change to hack the voting software.) to get information useful to the election of the POTUS.

Step 2. Have the FBI (note use NSA, FBI is having PR issues) "leak" the info. tying the POTUS into the crime and any cover up, to a compliant (complicit?) Media organization.

They have had at least one successful bloodless assassination of a POTUS using that basic plan.

Think of Reality Winner as Lee Harvey Oswald.

Reality Winner seems like someone who would choose a $3 Italian war surplus, dropped only once, bolt action rifle as the weapon to assassinate the POTUS. Rapidly fire three accurate shots from that weapon (a highly motivated Marine rifleman shooting from that Texas Book Suppository), then get a coke from a machine and go see a movie.

Will Reality fade away to be used in another op? Or is she expendable, one and done?

Northern Flicker's picture

"The only rational conclusion an open-minded individual can draw is that not only could the CIA and NSA do this to oust Trump, but accept the only option that agrees with everything we know about them: they did do this."

Yes, and there is no reason to believe anything they say.

Benito_Camela's picture

All well and good, but do you have a link for this? 

 

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."

Atlas_Shrugged's picture

Do you not see the end game.  We all become mindless drones and slaves for the overlords!  History will repeat itself.

Northern Flicker's picture

There's only ~ 100 of them, but they have ~ 1/2 the world's money.

MarsInScorpio's picture

Atlas Shrugged:

Thank you for the historic reference.

History tells us the tales of the Total Darkness of Subjugation, and the Brilliant Light of Revolution throwing off the overlords' chains.

I persist in this Cataclysmic Clash of the Civilizations because I'm inspired by those who also sought, and fought, for the Brilliant Light, and won.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Ham handed indeed! Did you see the photo of her with the make-up covered shiner?

Confess of else!

She probably refused an NSA boss' advances.

Zuhalter's picture

She's actually quite the bruiser herself, does a lot of of weightlifting. Certainly can handle herself in a physical confrontation.

Atlas_Shrugged's picture

I remember a friend of mine years ago tryng a government job.  It took so many interviews, checks, interviews with friends and former bosses, etc. to get clearance.

It sure looks like a bigger coverup and this poor girl is being made a scapegoat! Does anyone see Pinnocio's nose getting longer.

Honest Sam's picture

Her character is revealed in her ludicrous first phony name. 

Hiring someone whose name or changed name is "Reality", is a mistake.

You can't hire people who are so out of touch with reality that they think a first name like "Reality" isn't absurd, ridiculous and a red flag at the outset.

Scapegoat my ass.

 

ReZn8r's picture

If it is associated with .fed or .gov, is breathing and talking the it is FAKE, a lie. Fuck them all.

This Reality Horseshit Winner is a stage thing.

VWAndy's picture

 Its easy to spot the BS. All one needs to do is open your heart to truth.

   Truth and Love folks. They will never see us comming.