READ: The Intercept Comments on Reality Winner, Alleged Leaker
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READ: The Intercept Comments on Reality Winner, Alleged Leaker

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One day after a 25-year old was charged by the Department of Justice for leaking a Top Secret document to a news organization, The Intercept has released a statement on the matter.

On June 5, the same day Reality Leigh Winner was charged with gathering, transmitting or losing defense information, the news organization published a report on an NSA document it received anonymously. The report said that the Russians had tried to influence the 2016 presidential election as late as one week beforehand.

Though federal documents don’t directly confirm that the document Winner is accused of leaking is the one The Intercept published, the dots certainly seem to connect.
And The Intercept‘s statement confirms the document they published is the one Winner sent, though it said that it had no idea Winner was the one who sent it to them.

Read below to read the full statement:


On June 5 The Intercept published a story about a top-secret NSA document that was provided to us completely anonymously. Shortly after the article was posted, the Justice Department announced the arrest of Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old government contractor in Augusta, Georgia, for transmitting defense information under the Espionage Act. Although we have no knowledge of the identity of the person who provided us with the document, the U.S. government has told news organizations that Winner was that individual.

While the FBI’s allegations against Winner have been made public through the release of an affidavit and search warrant, which were unsealed at the government’s request, it is important to keep in mind that these documents contain unproven assertions and speculation designed to serve the government’s agenda and as such warrant skepticism. Winner faces allegations that have not been proven. The same is true of the FBI’s claims about how it came to arrest Winner.

We take this matter with the utmost seriousness. However, because of the continued investigation, we will make no further comment on it at this time.


Winner, who was a federal contractor for a company in Georgia, had a Top Secret security clearance which gave her access to classified documents. A criminal complaint in the case said that Winner took a classified document that could do damage to the United States’ defense, printed it, and sent it to a “news organization.”

The way Winner was located was because the “news organization” allegedly contacted authorities May 30, noting that they may have obtained classified information anonymously through the U.S. Mail which they intended on publishing for a future story. The letter that was received was postmarked Augusta, Georgia, and investigators found that Winner was one of just six people who had access to the NSA document since it was published internally May 5.

A search warrant of Winner’s home and vehicle was obtained, and she was arrested June 3 after probable cause was found. The criminal complaint said that she confessed to sending the document to the news organization when questioned, and admitted to knowing that it could cause damage to U.S. defense by doing so.

She is due in federal court Thursday, and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Winner is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where she served as a linguist and was fluent in four different languages.


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bbennett

I want everyone to understand that I had to edit this post to keep my words civil and polite. I don’t normally waste my time posting comments to stories, but I’m coming into this from a Canadian perspective. We don’t have an “Us vs Them” political mentality up here. There isn’t any “Democrat” or “Republican” up here.. Closest thing we have is the Conservatives.

To make things clear, my tax rate is actually higher than what an American pays in taxes. However, I take comfort in knowing that my government doesn’t spend my tax dollars on corporate bailouts and military spending, but instead spends it on things that actually benefit Canadian taxpayers. You know, my government providing the public with services to the people that fund it. As a result of our “socialist” government spending my money responsibly, I actually have more money in my pocket than an American has at the end of the month.

Do you know what I pay in health care premiums? $0 per month. Why? I don’t pay anything per month because my taxpayer dollars go towards funding it. The roads I drive on actually are in great shape because they’re funded properly. I’m not going to deny “Obamacare” aka ACA has its faults, but keep in mind that it was originally a Republican idea proposed by Mitt Romney, so it should have been called “Romneycare”. It was a patch and a kludge to try and fix an already broken system.

To clarify something further, the “Liberal Elite” isn’t bleeding middle-class Americans dry, it’s the Republicans. Every single policy they have seems to do everything it can to wage a war against the poor and the middle class. Look at how Regan destroyed PATCO and how Republicans are doing everything they can to destroy unions so workers can’t be treated fairly or make a decent wage so that there can be a middle class. When was the last time they raised the minimum wage? How about never? No, I would think that would be “socialist”. Yet, in Seattle, they raised it to $15/hr and joblessness hasn’t gone up. People are working less for the same income.

Let’s get back to the article… I’m a bit stymied by the fact that the word “Obama” was mentioned even though it’s very clear in this article that he had nothing to do with this leak. First of all, this leak was about Russians influencing voting machines and Ms. Winner felt she had to leak this information. She was clearly incompetent and the Intercept burned her. Again, Nothing to do with Obama. He wasn’t involved. This was about Russia trying to get Trump into power. Is that clear?

Now that Trump is in power, he’s following Russia’s interests, not American ones. At least, that’s how I see it anyway. It’s not Obama who has sold out America, it will be Trump, if he hasn’t already.

I should be standing back and eating popcorn, watching this whole entire dumpster fire of an administration eventually destroy itself, but I really felt that I had to say something here.
If you really want someone to lead your country and bring back the middle class, how about a “Liberal” who will raise the minimum wage, give unions power, eliminate money out of politics, institute anti conflict-of-interest laws (No more Federally mandated $600 Epipens), single payer socialized health care, drug price controls, subsidized (Or taxpayer funded) college and no more massive amounts of military spending or corporate bailouts. A government that can fix the problems at home instead of trying to fix the worlds problems is a good start I think.

typegiwoqac

This unstable looney holds a Top Secret Security Clearance? Top Secret?

Are you kidding me?

America is in deep trouble. Obama, who have you sold our country to? Looks like the swamp needs a more thorough draining.

The Liberal elite do nothing but bleed the middle class dry. My tax rate is 40% and my healthcare is now $700 per month thanks to Obamacare. My car insurance is still just $25/month (thanks to Insurance Panda), but if you look at Democrat strongholds like Detroit and New Orleans, where car insurance will run you $300+ per month, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the future of the United Socialist States of America.

It’s been a long time since we had a President who cared about us. Save our country, President Trump! God bless America!

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