Was Reality Leigh Winner an alleged NSA leaker simply trying to be a freedom hero when she leaked documents? Or is she just an espionage criminal?
Arriving on the tabloid stands is the saga of Reality Leigh Winner a 25 year old Augusta, Georgia woman accused of having stolen ‘top secret’ documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) delving into alleged interference in recent US elections at the hands of America’s supposed mortal enemy, the Russians.
Having illicitly obtained the documents, Reality Winner is alleged to have breached her top security status as a Pluribus International Corporation federal contract worker and leaking said documents to US media blog, the Intercept.
According to the US Justice Department the leaked papers purported to ’confirm’ Russian military intelligence GRU being behind an attempt to hack more than 100 local election officials. So we are asked to believe…..
Not wasting a moment, the Intercept went ahead and published the May 5 NSA report purporting to itemize Russian military intelligence attack on a US voting software supplier, never mind that no evidence (still) exists that any votes were affected by the alleged hack.
— Extinct Media (@ExtinctMedia) June 6, 2017
Which raises the awkward question, what was Winner thinking when she handed said documents and did she herself actually believe that the report was genuine? Or was she simply trying to dispel the allusion of complicity at the hands of Russians? Or did Winner perceive herself as some kind of freedom fighter – whistle blower compelled to steer America right ….?
Confronted by prosecutors, Winner ‘immediately’ confessed to the leak and was summarily arrested on Monday where she now faces the prospect of ten years jail if found guilty of espionage. Define espionage?
Perhaps to get a better handle of what may have motivated Winner and where things may end up, it might make sense to take a detour into Winner’s previous forays.
According to cnn, Winner spent six years in the military, speaks Farsi and Pashtun, and has been with her current company since 2017.
But perhaps what Winner is most guilty of is what some may consider her ‘unpalatable views’ and sentiments towards America’s sordid affairs and of course our new hero, President Donald Trump.
Posted Winner on Facebook 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”
Also counting against Winner is her seemingly support of America’s progressive ‘socialist hero’ (so we are told…) Bernie Sanders along with other progressive icons, such as Bill Maher and Michael Moore.
As the Caller’s reports, Reality Winner’s apparent social media footprint also shows her being a supporter of other liberal causes (not boding well is it…?) including the Women’s March and the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim civil rights group.
Here’s what Reality Winner posted on Facebook before the election: pic.twitter.com/vWDFnKkVNM
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 5, 2017
Possibly and probably counting against Winner are other Facebook posts portending her political and social aspirations and concerns, including a 30-minute private meeting with Republican lawmaker, Georgia Sen. David Perdue.
Noted Winner, ‘my concerns regarding climate change and what the state of Georgia is doing to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.’
Which raises the vexing question, how did someone like Reality Winner, the antithesis of what the NSA and military juggernaut stands for ever end up getting top secret clearance and her post with her employer?
Reflects zerohedge: ‘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.’
In a tweet Monday, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange called on the public to support Winner, adding that the young woman is ‘accused of courage in trying to help us know.’ Not that the NSA would probably agree with that take ….
Winner is slated for a detention hearing on Thursday where a judge will determine whether to release her on bond as they too attempt to make sense of America’s newest anti-hero or as some may wonder, America’s new freedom fighter hero….
Reality Leigh Winner’s social media is anti-@realDonaldTrump. Who gave her TOP SEC clearance? Hey Johnny DeStefano, “You’re fired!”
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 6, 2017
— St. Frexit (@SlFrexit) June 5, 2017