Accused Leaker of Top-Secret U.S. Report Loses Bail Request

Ah come on, as a Bernie Sanders believer, some would call her a patriot.

 

After all, in addition to leaking classified information, all she wanted to do was burn down the White House, presumably with President Donald Trump in it. (Source)

Bringing new meaning to the phrase, “Feel the burn.”

She’s just misguided, let her go, said no one ever.

Her acts were treasonous, for that during times of war she should be hung.

 

 
 
June 9, 2017
  • Ex-Air Force linguist said she mailed material to news outlet.
  • Government contractor faces up to 10-years in prison.

 

 25-year-old NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner became the first person charged with leaking top secret documents under the Espionage Act during the Trump administration. This QuickTake Q&A delves into why the administration keeps springing leaks. (Source: Bloomberg)

A former U.S. Air Force linguist charged with passing a top-secret report about Russian hacking to a news organization was denied bail by a magistrate judge who said the woman had taken other classified information that could still be passed to enemies of the U.S.

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a government contract worker with top-secret security clearance, pleaded not guilty Thursday to an espionage charge in federal court in Augusta, Georgia, and was ordered to remain in custody out of concern she poses a risk to national security.

A federal prosecutor said in court that authorities had uncovered a series of “new and downright frightening” other acts by Winner, including inserting a thumb drive into her Air Force computer and taking classified information while she was still in the military.

 

Reality Leigh Winner.

Photographer: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office/EPA

“When you take a thumb drive in a top-secret computer as she did, we don’t know what happened to it,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps said at the hearing.

“That falls into the landscape of danger to the community but it is also a danger to the nation.”

Winner, who has worked for government contractor Pluribus International Corp. since February, was arrested on Saturday.

The charges against her were announced by the U.S. Justice Department on Monday shortly after the online news outlet The Intercept published what it said was a National Security Agency report detailing Russian cyber attacks in the days before the 2016 election.

 

 

Winner is the first person to be charged with espionage by Donald Trump’s administration, which has been plagued by leaks on everything from the president’s conversations with world leaders to his calling former FBI Director James Comey a “nut job.”

Trump tweeted on May 16 that he has been “asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.”

In denying Winner’s request to be released while awaiting trial, Epps also cited her journal which federal agents found during a search of her Augusta home.

She allegedly expressed support in her writings for Taliban leaders and Osama bin Laden as well as proclaiming she wanted to burn down the White House.

“She seems to have a fascination with the Middle East and Islamic terrorism,” Epps said.

He quoted her as having written: “It’s a Christlike vision to have a fundamentalist Islamic state.”

See the entire article below.

 

Winner is accused of printing out classified data at her job on May 9 and mailing it to an online news outlet days later. While prosecutors won’t say which government intelligence agency she was working for in Augusta, her mother said in court it was the National Security Agency.

The U.S. agency notified the FBI on June 1 that it had been contacted by the news outlet on May 30 regarding an upcoming story. According to the criminal complaint, the news outlet told the agency “it was in possession of what it believed to be a classified document authored by the U.S Government Agency” and later provided a copy of the document for verification.

Federal agents reviewed the documents provided by the news outlet and determined that it appeared to be folded or creased, suggesting it had been printed out and carried out by hand out of a secure space, according to an FBI affidavit.

On the day she was arrested, Winner admitted to FBI agents that she leaked the information to the news outlet, knowing “the contents of the reporting could be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of a foreign nation,” according to prosecutors.

Unwinding the Twists, Turns in Trump-Russia Probe: QuickTake Q&A

Winner’s arrest came two days before The Intercept published a report saying the NSA has determined Russian military intelligence executed a cyber-attack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and also sent emails containing malware to more than 100 local election officials days before the November election.

Pluribus is owned by Nathan McCarry, who’s also the chief executive officer, according to his LinkedIn page. Neither McCarry nor a Pluribus representative responded to phone and email messages seeking comment.

On social media, Winner has included photos of herself that are dedicated to CrossFit, yoga and her pets. On a separate account for a “Sara Winners” identified as hers, she has sharply criticized Trump, including calling him a “soulless ginger orangutan.”

Additional details about the case emerged in FBI affidavits filed this week. The report that Winner leaked was dated May 5 and classified as “Top Secret.” Four days later, Winner conducted searches on the agency’s classified system and downloaded it, FBI agents said.

An internal audit by the intelligence agency determined Winner was one of six workers who’d accessed the report, according to the FBI, and showed only Winner’s computer had email contact with the news outlet using a personal email account on March 30 and March 31.

On June 3, FBI agents obtained a warrant to search Winner’s Augusta home and her car. The agents also obtained a warrant to seize and copy all of the data on her electronic equipment.

Winner also traveled to Belize in Central America on May 27 to May 29, according to court filings, although U.S. officials said they don’t know the purpose of her travel.

 

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4 thoughts on “Accused Leaker of Top-Secret U.S. Report Loses Bail Request

  1. Good, hang her…regardless of her being someone’s daughter, etc.

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  2. The woman’s motives were clearly malicious. Damage America, burn the White House. Lunatic left rubbish. A good smack on the rear end when she was growing up, probably was held back. As, J. Edgar Hoover, said in substance, “Correction, does not start at the electric chair, because by then, it’s too late. Correction, starts at the high chair.”

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  3. She must be mental but she is not alone. There are many people who think like her in this nation. What I cannot understand is, if they hate America so badly, why stay here? Since this woman reportedly admires the Taliban, why didn’t she just renounce her citizenship and move over to Afghanistan to hang out with them?

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  4. First, I think someone should slap her parents for giving her this name. Second she could share a cell with Hillary and Huma.

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