Reality Leigh Winner, 25, appeared in federal court in Augusta, GA. She is facing the reality of one charge of removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, the Justice Department said.
Winner's arrest was announced soon after the Intercept website published a story on Russian hackers attempting to penetrate computers belonging to over 100 local election sites. The story cites an NSA report that claims the hacking efforts were masterminded by Russia's military intelligence unit known as the GRU.
Although the DoJ didn't specify that Winner was being charged in connection with the Intercept's report, the site noted that the NSA report cited in its story was dated May 5 while the affidavit supporting Winner's arrest stated that the report was dated "on or about" May 5.
Coincidence? Not likely.
According to The Washington Examiner Winner worked for Pluribus International Corporation assigned to a U.S. government facility in Georgia. (The Georgia down south in the U.S.A., not Russia's Georgia.)
She held a top-secret classified security clearance, which goes to show us that they're as easy to get as an Obama phone.
Then there's always the usual suspects like WikiLeaks' Julian Assange who said that must be supported. "She is a young woman accused of courage in trying to help us know," Assange stupidly said.
No, she is a young woman accused of violating the Espionage Act and being a traitor, and not all information should be made public for national security purposes, you freaking idiot.
Prosecutors said the young Loser admitted to printing off a copy of the NSA report and sending it to an "online news outlet." The outlet contacted federal authorities and it was determined the information had been illicitly leaked.
Winner (her name is an oxymoron) was identified as the leaker after investigators determined that she was one of six people to print the report off her computer (not very bright) and the only one of the six to have contact with the news outlet.
The alleged violator of the Espionage Act was home when questioned Saturday. She admitted that she was aware of the contents of the report and that "the contents of the reporting could be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of a foreign nation.
It looks like Reality needs a reality check and a change of her last name.