Federal Contractor Charged With Today’s Leak Of NSA Report On Russian Cyber Attack On US Election

Her real actual name is Reality Winner. The Washington Examiner reports:

A 25-year-old federal contractor is facing charges she leaked a classified National Security Agency document to a news outlet in May. The charges against Reality Leigh Winner came about an hour after the publication of a story based on an NSA document detailing Russian attempts to hack American voting systems in 2016.

Winner, of Augusta, Ga., is facing charges that she removed classified material from a government facility and mailed it to a news outlet. She was arrested on Saturday and appeared on the charge Monday.

The announcement came shortly after The Intercept published a report based on a classified intelligence document showing Russian government hackers attempted to hack more than 100 local election officials before the November election.

According to the report, Russian military intelligence sent the emails to local elections officials. They also attempted a cyberattack on at least one American voting software supplier.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Statistics Palin

      Or souped.

    • JT

      As long as there’s enough left for Cock-a-leekie.

      • Robincho

        This is the soup of the day at Annie’s in Aspen, all during their Gay Ski Week. Srsly…

    • Boreal

      Damn they reek of e̶v̶i̶l̶ ̶ onion.

    • David in Tucson

      They’re looking for their potatoes.

    • Steverino

      Here’s how you start to make leek soup: first, you take a leek…

      • JT

        You could use Drumpf as the mixing bowl.

    • coram nobis

      The Court opinion will probably be written by Justice Neil Garlic.

      • Statistics Palin

        I believe it’s the courtbullion opinion.

    • MT YVR
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    That was extremely fast. Either she gave herself up or Trump/Sessions are monitoring all journalists’ communications.

    • Joe in PA

      I think this was via snail mail?

      • David Walker

        Which is still the most secure way to send something from Point A to Point B.

        • cleos_mom

          Not something many people want to hear now, but true. Postal mail can be, and has been, intercepted but there’s that little matter of someone having to be physically present somewhere at some point and some time. Way too complex for techbots and cultists.

    • BearEyes

      or she was being monitored and this was planted?

    • SoCalGal20

      The Intercept contacted two (?) government agencies regarding this document in May. No monitoring of journalists may have been required. However, the journalist does have a responsibility to not reveal a source.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I want to be the first to donate to a fund that puts Reality Winner’s face on Mount Rushmore.

    • SoCalGal20

      Can’t we just put a monument up on the Washington Mall?

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Something somewhere that would cast a shadow over a Trump property would also be appropriate.

  • j.martindale

    Yeah, the big problem here is leakers.

  • Todd Allis

    Something something, Epic (Reality) Winning.

  • Ham

    If one Reality Winner in Augusta, GA has this type of classified info on the Russians hacking the election then Trump is fucked.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i’m sorry but her name sounds like a Kentucky Derby competitor

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Nomen est omen?

  • TampaDink

    Things like this are going to help make America great again by sealing the fate of the reality loser.

    • TimCA

      One can hope but I can already hear the Republican talking points about 1)there being no proof of collusion 2) no proof of any votes actually being changed.

      🙁

      • TampaDink

        Of course that is exactly what I’d expect from the gop.

  • Statistics Palin

    Charging her validates the authenticity of the document. Not a smart move.

    • Bryan

      Indeed it does, me thinks Ms. Winner is a smoother criminal than they are.

      • John30013

        Unless the document is a deliberate fake (meant to smoke out a leaker)…

        • Joe in PA

          Arrrgh, talk about buzz kill! 🙁

        • Bryan

          Then we’ll turn it into the key that opens Pandora’s Box.

  • another_steve

    I worked for the federal government for 26 years — as a manager for much of that time. Trump has made the critical error of severely alienating and angering career federal civil servants.

    In this story, this was not a career civil servant. Nevertheless… Rule #1 of federal managerial service: You do NOT severely alienate and anger career federal civil servants.

    Trump is doomed.

    Trust me on this.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i just saw that the acting ambassador to China is quitting over the Paris deal withdrawal

      trump’s a fool

    • cleos_mom

      Other than the Deplorables, most billionaires and fascists of all stripes it’s difficult to think of anyone he hasn’t angered and alienated. And not just in the US. The more enemies he makes the better and that seems to be one of the few things he’s truly gifted at.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Poor woman. This is how we reward those who do the RIGHT thing? We should build a statue of her in front of the Capitol steps.

    • cleos_mom

      A GoFundMe page for her legal expenses might need to happen first.

  • coram nobis

    The next Chelsea Manning, it would seem. Let’s see where this case goes.

    If the charges include the Espionage Act, she will be in deep trouble.

  • Ninja0980

    Bottom line, they are trying to send a message to all other would be leakers.
    Something tells me if folks didn’t stop after Chelsea Manning, they aren’t going to stop after this either.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Note to next leeker; flee the nation after you piss.

  • Ninja0980

    How many bad jokes will we hear about her name when all is said and done?

    • Duh-David

      First rule for naming your child: You must be able to yell the name at the top of your lungs from the back door twenty times without embarrassment.

      • BearEyes

        including nicknames
        Ben Dover – not just Benjamin Dover

      • David Walker

        Knew of a woman in Harrisburg whose first name was Latrina. Why would a parent do that? Of course, I also knew a choir director by the name of Earl Pickel. He AND his wife named their first daughter Marietta.

        • Snarkaholic

          And let’s not forget the name Candida…as in yeast infection!

          • Todd20036

            I work with someone named Sundae Knight.

          • cleos_mom

            And then there’s Placenta, and Female (pronounced feh MAH lee).

        • AmeriCanadian

          Caitlyn, and all spelling variations, has already dropped considerably as a baby name (fell out of top 1000 in 2016).

      • coram nobis

        Second, it can’t be a notorious name. Few people will name their baby Pontius Pilate, say.

        After this decade, few people will name their baby Donald.

      • Bluto
      • NowVoyager

        Or Dr. Atta U. Butt … it’s ethnic (not that uncommon in Pakistan), so probably wouldn’t mean anything salacious in his family’s culture of origin. I saw the same name for a doctor of proctology listed in my phone book many years ago. That is about as aptronymic as you can get. 🙂

        https://baycare.org/doctors/b/a/atta-u-butt?languages=23#!#profile

      • cleos_mom

        And if you truly can’t resist giving your child a “distinctive” name, pick something common for the middle name so your kid will have a choice.

        Of course, parents do make some reprehensible choices of middle names too. My mom never would fess up to Sandra Dee being her inspiration for my middle name.

    • CanuckDon

      Reality check….quite a few.

    • teeveedub

      Word of the day: aptronym.

      • Joe in PA
        • coram nobis

          It’s why we have a General of the Army. When they were mulling a five-star rank, the Army Chief of Staff said he’d be damned if he’d known as Marshal Marshall.

          • Robincho

            “It’s’ always Martial, Marshal, Marshall!”…

          • Paula

            Clever..

        • Robincho

          One of the best is, in fact, an aptronymic acronym:

          Lee Iacocca was once the head of Chrysler. His aptronymic acronym, fleshed out, was “I Am Chairman Of Chrysler Corporation of America”…

        • Todd20036

          There is a Doctor Dokter

  • Misutaa Roboto

    How long before Tronald declares that Winner is a loser?

    Denying reality already comes naturally to him.

  • Moderate Democratic

    I am grateful to and feel sorry for her.

    • kaydenpat

      Facing 10 years for exposing a criminal regime is insane.

    • Blake Jordan

      Let’s get a Dem president in 2020, get her a pardon and even start a GoFundMe page to reward her for her patriotism after she is released!!

  • Chucktech

    The charges … came about an hour after the publication of a story based on an NSA document detailing Russian attempts to hack American voting systems in 2016.

    OK, so what was going to be done with this information? Was it just going to remain classified and never see the light of day? Isn’t this indicating that the Russians not only meddled with the election with fake news and hacked e-mails, but may have, in fact, been able to tamper with actual votes?

    • BobSF_94117

      I have to say I’m a bit perplexed as to why she leaked it so soon after its publication. I can sort of see if it had been issued months ago and never discussed. She may have risked her future for nothing.

  • JT

    Drumpf: I love Wikileaks but I hate leaks.

  • SoCalGal20

    Now I expect more, bigger leaks. That always seems to be the result of their crackdowns on leaks.

    • pj

      trumps government has more leaks than the titanic after it hit the iceburg.

      • TampaDink

        I sincerely hope that the political careers of everyone involved is just as deeply sunk as the R.M.S. Titanic.

  • coram nobis

    Her charges aside, I’m wondering whether there will be a motion to suppress the NSA report as evidence as classified material, either at her trial or at Donald’s (before the Senate). U.S. v. Reynolds, 345 U.S. 1 (1953). State secrets privilege.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Reynolds

    See also Louis Fisher, In the Name of National Security: Unchecked Presidential Power and the Reynolds Case.

    • SoCalGal20

      Hasn’t it been essentially declassified now that it’s been made public in a news article?

      • coram nobis

        Yes, although the Bush/Obama lawyers tried to suppress evidence in the torture-and-rendition lawsuits, citing state secrets privilege, and mostly succeeded in the 9th Circuit. No evidence means no case, even if your client really WAS tortured, and no case means dismissal before trial on the merits. In this case, the Government need only show she leaked classified material without showing its content.

        And, separately, she’d have problems raising a justification defense if she can’t cite the material.

        It’s a worry.

    • Tulle Christensen

      see

      New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971)

      • coram nobis

        Pentagon Papers. Useful precedent, but the issue was whether NY Times — as a news medium — had the right to publish it and whether the Administration could enjoin them to prevent it. The source, Ellsberg, still stood criminal trial and might have gotten convicted but for prosecution misconduct.

        • Tulle Christensen

          but your post was about suppressing it, that is moot now

          she will be charged and tried, they just do not want someone like me on the jury

          • David Walker

            Not to worry about being on the jury. You’d be vetoed as soon as you entered the room. “Ve haff ar vays.”

          • Tulle Christensen

            well I do not live in Georgia either or DC

          • coram nobis

            For cause, if you have a viewpoint, or on peremptory if you look like you have some legal knowledge or at least half a brain.

          • coram nobis

            Its contents could still be suppressed, and the contents might be relevant if she tried to raise a justification defense or if she was suing on some civil ground. It did come up in the John Yoo and Jepesen Dataplan torture cases (9th Cir.) and while it was obvious what had happened, the evidence was inadmissible under the privilege. Case dismissed.

  • Joe in PA
    • Boreal

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    • coram nobis

      Dominic Topper?

    • safari

      I want to rub her husbands head among other things.

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      A whole hour?

      • safari

        I imagine the DomTop would want some foreplay first.

        • Bryan

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        • That_Looks_Delicious

          If that’s the husband in the photo, no foreplay necessary.

    • JT
    • RaygunsGoZap

      That girl posts the funniest shit. I saw a Buzzfeed on her Twitter feed. She’s gross, juvenile and wonderful.

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  • Michael

    I consider her a patriot.

  • Steverino

    First we had Sojourner Truth, then Carry A. Nation, and now Reality Winner.

    • coram nobis

      Or Daniel Ellsberg and Chelsea Manning.

    • David Walker

      Considering how 45 loves it when his name is associated with “former reality TV star,” this is so wonderfully appropriate.

  • safari

    Reality Winner should be Donald’s arch-nemesis.

    • coram nobis

      In the presidential Clearing White House Sweepstakes.

    • OdieDenCO

      Reality Winner v delusional looser

  • coram nobis

    We’re lucky that The Intercept arguably has its venue in Brazil and might not be enjoined by a U.S. court. The Pentagon Papers case in SCOTUS is helpful but …

  • SoCalGal20

    Any leakers out there, let this be a lesson.

    1. Choose who you give your information to CAREFULLY. It seems like the Intercept might have been careless and inadvertently exposed their leaker.

    2. Don’t supply identifiable, traceable documents to the person you’re giving them to. Let the person look at them in person or transcribe the content.

    • safari

      Especially the second one. There could be a lot of information hidden in a physical copy.

    • tbj5

      The girl was incredibly naive. To take a Top Secret printed document out of the SCIF after working there for only THREE MONTHS, and then sending the actual copy (or a scan) to a news site that’s known to be more than Russian-sympathetic.

      She was stupid and honestly deserved getting arrested.

      • SoCalGal20

        I certainly wouldn’t give classified info to The Intercept. And if I did have access to classified info I would investigate best methods for covering my tracks. At the very least I’d make sure the content wasn’t in an immediately identifiable and traceable format.

    • DonnaLee

      These days you’re best off taking a picture with a tiny camera of a document.

  • TJay229

    She will get a year and a day… Which equates to a little over 10 months.

  • boobert

    carter page is a joke ! chris matthews is calling him out.

  • Natty Enquirer

    The Intercept very helpfully scanned the printout and posted a PDF on its website. Although redacted, the scanned copy shows Laserjet smudges and is obviously a paper copy. And that’s how the FBI was able to zoom in on the printer records and find Winner.

    • TJay229

      Hmm… Pls explain further, I’m curious.

      • Natty Enquirer

        If only the facts had been reported, or if a reformatted or quoted copy of the report had been posted, then the FBI would have had to consider every person who had access to it. Seeing visual evidence that it was printed meant they only had to look at server records to find out who printed a copy recently.

        • TJay229

          Thank you!

        • BobSF_94117

          I gotta wonder why a 25-yo with only three months on the job is given paper copies of top-secret materials. It seems like it’s only done for a select few. Odd.

      • Tulle Christensen

        well basically if one uses a networked printer who printed what is kept in a file on the printer

        • TJay229

          Thank you… I didn’t look at it that way.

          • Tulle Christensen

            yes use someone else’s workstation to print the nudie pics

          • coram nobis

            From an early Tales of the City: Mary Ann’s ad firm was being plagued by xeroxed cock pictures. When they caught the culprit in the act (or on the Xerox) she informed her boss, who said, “Well at least he’s the one person in this firm who’s not guilty of false advertising.”

            “Uh, sir … ”

            “Oh, no …”

            “Yes, sir. He was using the enlarger.”

          • Tulle Christensen

            yea 35 years of software engineering

          • Joe in PA

            show off. 🙂

            But wouldn’t it be kept on the server handling the printer? Either way….

            I’m kind of surprised they have a printer available in a classified area. My first thought was: take a picture of it on your phone…but then I remembered that they don’t allow phones in the SCIF. I hope she finds protection.

          • Tulle Christensen

            these days the print server is the printer pretty much been that way since the late 90s

          • Joe in PA

            #FeelingOld 🙂 Oh well.

        • perversatile

          Want to be a Reality Winner too? The next Deep Throat?
          Then you should know about Printer Steganography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printer_steganography

    • Adam King

      Now they’re reporting that they found it by accident while executing a search warrant on another matter.

  • Nychta
    • Joe in PA

      wowowow, thanks for posting. I’m guessing she is gay. Wow.

  • narutomania

    Considering the scheduled appearance of Comey before the Congressional Investigation on Thursday, I’d say that Ms Winner’s leak was well timed.

    Kudos to her. And I wish her a very skilled legal team with a successful (for her) outcome to her case.

    • David Walker

      So you’re saying “Liberty” “Counsel” probably shouldn’t be considered?

    • D. Gray

      I hope she is subpoenaed

  • billbear1961

    There’s nothing the Trump regime fears like the TRUTH!!

    This whistleblower is a HERO!!

    It’s really a damned shame that the Intercept did not take precautions to protect her identity!

    • tbj5

      (It’s almost like the Russo-friendly news outlet was more than happy to out their source…)

    • kaydenpat

      That’s exactly how I see things. We need more people to expose the truth about this regime.

    • bkmn

      Just read this morning that she was brought down by her printer. Most modern printers put micro-sized watermarks on what they print that can be traced to the manufacturer and ultimately the owner, it is a measure used to track counterfeiters.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • CJakes ™

    She’s my hero!

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Such a new world we live in…why did Reality not think about dropping it in the mail to the NYT or WaPo? They know how to throw up enough smoke that she would not have been so quickly caught. Instead she thought of an internet blogspot decades younger than she is.

    • coram nobis

      The editors at both papers would have wanted verification, and the back-and-forth might have been detected.

      (Guardian might have been a better place to drop).

      • SoCalGal20

        I’d go to WaPo, hands down.

    • kareemachan

      I think of the end of ‘Firestarter’ by Stephen King, where she goes to Rolling Stone to tell things about things.

  • TampaDink

    I suppose that this means that the administration will finally show some interests in getting in touch with reality.

    • DaddyRay

      I see what you did there

      • Joe in PA

        Thank you DR, I didn’t. 🙂

        • Adam King

          You just can’t help it.

      • TampaDink

        Having “said” that, I hope that Reality will be properly protected from anyone on team dumpster fire getting in touch with her.

  • Bryan

    Hopefully she’ll get a pardon in the next administration.

    • Joe in PA

      Next month.

    • Adam King

      Or a Medal of Honor from the next Congress.

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    • ByronK

      I finished House of Cards last night. I have almost no capacity for delayed gratification (well, in most cases).

      • DaddyRay

        I finished it the day after it was released – I would have finished it sooner if I didn’t have to work

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        Yeah, right.

        -or-

        Sure Jan. 🙂

        • ByronK

          LOL ;p

    • TampaDink

      Looks refreshing! What’s in it?

    • worstcultever

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      • kareemachan

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        Yeah, everybody has their hobbies….

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  • ByronK

    This is quite unfortunate for Reality (that sentence works on so many levels) but at least the right can’t try to distract with the need to identify the leaker. Let’s see how creative they’ll get in distracting from the content.

  • worstcultever

    (mental dialogue with myself)

    Is this entire scandal – its sheer depth, breadth, and jaw-dropping hydra-headedness – the god-damndest thing in US history?

    Yes. Yes, I believe it is.

    Could it possibly be the most staggeringly brazen, deliberately complexified amalgam of Kleptocracy, Treason, Goebbels/Scientology-Style Hypnosis ever created by any political party/foreign adversary/network of mobsters from the deepest depths of hell ever?

    Looking like it.

    Has it taken on a life of its own, now out of the control of its parents – Mr. and Mrs. Putin Repukefascioparty?

    Possibly. Looking like it.

    Can it be stopped before it destroys us all?

    Well, it’s systematically brainwashed a third of the population to murderous rage, and it’s reduced our institutions of agency at this point to a Mr. Mueller and a single wet paper towel. But Mr. Mueller has assembled a Justice League, and paper towels can sometimes conceal enormous hitherto unseen forces. We shall see.

  • kareemachan

    Well, let’s kill the messenger, shall we?

  • tbj5

    Reality was incredibly stupid. Mostly for leaking to one of the most pro-Russian news outlets not named Sputnik or RT, and expecting them not to burn her almost immediately.

    Intercept had no reason to show the exact printed paper she sent them. Seems obviously shady that they burned their source, especially just days before Comey’s testimony.

    Either way, she was stupid, she committed a crime blatantly and poorly. If she was truly concerned about revealing this news, there were better channels to do it through, better actions to take.

    • SoCalGal20

      Yeah, but The Intercept has cachet among a certain group on the left.

      If I had info I wanted to leak I would contact WaPo.

      • Tempus Fuggit

        Cachet. “Caché” means “hidden”.

        • SoCalGal20

          Ugh! Thanks. (I normally know that. I blame work and Monday)

      • Groups on the left are often just as skull-fucked stupid as groups on the right, so I’m not surprised.

  • edrex

    “reality.” what an appropriate name.

  • Tiger Quinn

    1.) Her name is unusual but not THAT weird 2.) Even as liberals we can’t be soft on stuff like this.

  • April

    I hope this does not sidetrack the investigation into any monetary shenanigans between Russia and both Trump and Jared Kushner.

    Plus I still wanna see Trumps income tax returns.

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  • DesertSun59

    Did I read that she’s so stupid that she emailed the info from her work computer?

  • Phillip Hunt

    I just planted some leeks in my garden….