Reality Winner: Air Force Veteran, Speaks 4 Languages, and Now a Hero
To be sure a lot of people are insisting she’s not. Even people who I have a high regard for like Louise Mensch:
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) June 6, 2017
One weird argument you hear is that she gave us no new information AND she deserves to be arrested.
ABSOLUTELY. She was spying. Nothing to "whistleblow" here whatever
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) June 6, 2017
The blown whistle it seems to me is knowledge that the Russian hackers penetrated much more deeply into our election system than previously known-and the claims of the many govt officials post election who have assured us everything was fine and the system itself wasn’t penetrated.
I just can’t help but think this is about Herr Trump’s vow to crack down on leakers. Now they’ve done it. Anyway, looking at Reality Winner on her own terms, she’s very impressive:
“Reality Winner is an Air Force veteran, she speaks four languages, and her leak makes her a hero.”
“Now that the Donald Trump administration has arrested government contractor Reality Winner for leaking NSA intel showing just how thoroughly Russia hacked the election in Trump’s favor, Americans have become instantly fixated with the fact that her name is in fact Reality Winner. After all, she may have just taken down an illegitimate U.S. President who’s best known as a reality show host. But once you get past that, the only possible conclusion is that she’s an American hero and Trump is indeed a traitor.”
“Here’s what we’ve managed to dig up about twenty-five year old Reality Winner: she’s an Air Force veteran whose focus in the military was on translation and linguistics. She speaks four languages. And yes, she’s a government contractor who came across classified evidence that the election was rigged by Russia beyond what even the most cynical of anti-Trumpers might have suspected, and then she leaked it to the media.”
“She leaked it in the kind of manner which suggests that she had no idea how to do it covertly enough to keep from getting caught. But that points to her being far from a calculated schemer who was trying to achieve a political outcome. Instead it appears she simply came across proof that the man occupying the White House is doing so illegitimately, and she did a very selfless thing.”
Interestingly, Palmer in an ealier piece had suggested that she got arrested on purpose as it confirms the truth of the documents.
“It’s enough to make one wonder if Reality Winner chose right now to leak this particular information in order to pave the way for Mike Rogers to testify about it. It also begs the question of whether she was trying to get caught on purpose so the Trump administration would be forced to confirm its authenticity by busting her. If so, then she’s taking a bold stand in the name of exposing Trump’s Russian collusion. In that sense, Reality Winner may have sacrificed herself to try to take down a Reality Loser.”
If you’re trying to figure out what’s going on with Trump Russia, foreign papers are also very helpful. The Guardian in particular often has much more detail than US news orgs. This is true again regarding Reality Winner:
Three days before Americans voted last November, Reality Winner joked with her sister online that Moscow’s efforts to influence the US presidential election could have an upside for her as a keen weightlifter.”
“When we become the United States of the Russian Federation,” she said on Facebook, “Olympic lifting will be the national sport.”
Hmm-was this based just on publicly sourced info? Considering her role at NSA…
Again, what she reported is new:
The hacking of senior Democrats’ email accounts during the campaign has been well chronicled, but vote-counting was thought to have been unaffected, despite concerted Russian efforts to penetrate it.”
To be sure, a few ‘Dem conspiracy theorists’ were talking about Russia hacking into the voting system itself.
Of course, in my case, it was largely based on intuition-but also those communications between Stone and Guccifer 2.0 that were public-thanks to the Smoking Gun-and those tweets by Guccifer 2.0 on November 4, where they stated they were inside the system and invited other hackers to join them.
Back to the Guardian:
“Winner-Davis said she was unaware that her daughter had allegedly already admitted, when questioned, to taking the top-secret document. Nor had she heard of the Intercept and she really did not know why Reality would have done it.”
“I never thought this would be something she would do,” Winner-Davis said. “I mean, she has expressed to me that she is not a fan of Trump – but she’s not someone who would go and riot or picket.”
“Winner’s posts on social media over recent months suggest, however, that she, like many other Americans, had become increasingly agitated over some extraordinary developments in national politics.”
She posted disparagingly on Facebook about Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border, about his draconian criminal justice plans, and about his assault on the Environmental Protection Agency. In February, she referred to the president as “piece of shit”.
He is a piece of shit and he, Kushner, and Nunes and friends have leaked a lot of classified info themselves.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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