National Security Agency “contractor” Reality Winner is expected to receive “the longest sentence served by a federal defendant for an unauthorized disclosure to the media,” despite trying to “manipulate” the court “by playing a cute white girl with her cute little braids.”
While it’s fitting that she should be made an example to discourage others, the media seems to be missing the point, which is severe organizational decay. As Patriot Post phrased it, “a shining example of Deep State rot has remained largely below the radar.”
WSB-TV reported the reason her bond was denied. “Based on evidence seized from her home, federal prosecutors detailed Winner’s alleged plans to burn down the White House and travel to Afghanistan, pledging her allegiance to the Taliban.”
How did she manage to get the clearance to work with secure classified information in the first place?
Background checks are expected to be rigorously thorough. Either trained investigators totally dropped the ball, or they simply weren’t concerned about what they found because it proved she was a card carrying member of the “Hillary Clinton fan club.”
On Feb. 7, 2017, before she got her clearance, she posted under the name “Sara Winners” (with her picture), “There are many Americans protesting US govt aggression towards Iran. If our Tangerine in Chief declares war, we stand with you!” That was just one anti-Trump post of several.
Apparently, government security clearance background checks don’t look for aliases or undisclosed social media accounts? The fancy facial recognition AI software must not work as great as it’s cracked up to either. If the Sara Winners account didn’t fall through the cracks, that means what was found wasn’t considered a risk to security.
Before the election, it was obvious she had chosen sides. Winner posted, “since @realDonaldTrump clearly believes in time machines, why don’t you go back to Nazi Germany” on October 19, 2016. On November 29 the loyal never-Trumper tweeted “#notmypresident#Recount2016.”
The “cute white girl” was riddled with white guilt, posting extensively about the offensive “All Lives Matter” slogan. She saw it as “the way in which the state apparatus has built a program of genocide and repression mostly on the backs of Black people.”
It all started, she insists, “with the theft of millions of people for free labor – and then adapted it to control, murder, and profit off of other communities of color and immigrant communities.”
Despite referring to President Donald Trump as “dangerous,” she got the coveted security clearance and held it until she was indicted by the grand jury. “[T]he most dangerous entry to this country was the orange fascist we let into the white house.”
It also seems she didn’t have to take any kind of psych evaluation either. Her lack of maturity and other emotional “shortcomings” which foreign spies leverage routinely didn’t set off any alarm bells.
26-year-old Winner pleaded guilty on charges of leaking classified information to a news reporter. Her jailhouse plan to get sympathy, “by playing a cute white girl with her cute little braids and perhaps shedding some tears,” didn’t work nearly as well as planned.
The judge was not pleased to hear the recording of the “jail-cell” phone call between Reality’s and her sister that was played by U.S. attorney Jennifer Solari at her bond hearing.
At her sentencing on August 23, she is expected to be ordered to federal prison for a little over 5 years. She could have landed as long as a ten-year stretch but prosecutors hope “the 63-month sentence they recommend will be sufficient to deter other government workers from leaking sensitive information.”
Winner was arrested at her Georgia home on June 3, 2017 after stuffing a classified document down her pants and leaking it to The Intercept. Two days later, they printed an article citing the “classified NSA report” involving Russian hackers and the 2016 election.
As soon as the Intercept reporter “called the NSA to confirm” the report, breadcrumbs led straight to Winner. Only a handful of people ever touched that particular piece of paper.
Prosecutors deny that she is getting a longer sentence she deserves. Media outlets have been quick to point out that she is only one of many leakers facing charges and others have disclosed seemingly far worse information. According to documents filed by the U.S. attorney, they had to keep more out of the public forum.
“The Intelligence Community assessed that this further disclosure of the Intelligence Report and explaining its contents would compound the exceptionally grave harm to national security already caused by the defendant.”
A timeline of her treasonous activities was “published by Axios and corroborated by CNN.” According to the reports, “she was assigned to a U.S. government agency facility at Fort Gordon, a U.S. Army post near Augusta, Georgia, and given a top security clearance on February 13, 2017.
The timeline confirms “every one” of the tweets, “was posted before the NSA granted her top security clearance, and before she was granted access to some of the nations most sensitive classified intelligence.”
As Patriot Post insightfully explains, “There is no greater threat to national security than an NSA run by unelected, wholly unaccountable zealots.” They call for NSA leadership to get to bottom of it for the sake of credibility.
“NSA Director Mike Rogers needs to get to the bottom of those machinations for the simplest of reasons: If someone as transparently radical as Winner can get hired, then the hiring process is corrupt.”