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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Kerry Howley, New York Magazine: When the envelope [from Reality Winner] first arrived at the Intercept, there was considerable doubt that the document within it was real. The reporters decided, per standard journalistic practice, to contact someone who could verify its authenticity. What is less standard -- what Thomas Drake calls "abhorrent" and Tim Shorrock calls "just shameful" and investigative journalist Barton Gellman called "egregious" -- is for a reporter to provide a copy of the document itself, which could help reveal precisely who had provided it.

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On May 30, according to court filings, an unnamed reporter sent pictures of the document to a contractor for the U.S. government and told the contractor that they'd been postmarked in Augusta. The contractor initially said that the documents were fake but, after checking with someone at the NSA, reported that they were real. (The Intercept declines to comment for this story, though its parent company is contributing to Reality's defense.)

On June 5, under the headline "Top Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election" and bylined by four reporters, the Intercept published a scan of the leaked document with some redactions. The document it had incidentally given to the NSA -- which had then sent it to the FBI -- and which was now freely available on the internet, shows creases that suggest it was printed, folded, and carried, rather than submitted online. It contains watermarks indicating that it was printed on May 9, 2017, at 6:20 a.m., from a printer with the serial number 535218 or 29535218. The NSA knew, from its internal surveillance, that only six people had printed the document. Of those six, only one had emailed the Intercept asking for a transcript of a podcast.

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#hero Reality Winner still sits in jail, that's egregious.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-24 10:24 PM | Reply

While her background story is charming, she had full awareness of the significance of her actions and the material she purposely improperly handled.

The people closest to her did not know precisely what Airman Reality L. Winner did during her 12-hour shifts at Fort Meade. They only knew that there were certain days when she knew something big was coming and went to bed early.

At least, while she was operating under the UCMJ, she knew how to properly and professionally conduct herself.
Send 'er to the brig.

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-24 10:35 PM | Reply

Trump will pardon her because Russian interference is fake news.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-24 10:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The American Government can't stand the truth and more determined than ever to classify everything and punish anyone that reveals the truth.

Outrageous and disgusting.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-25 06:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump can't stand the idea of Russian interference in our elections and his will filters down and Reality is held incomunicado and a******s like Gonoles thinks that's just fine. Send him to the brig, REality is already there a*****e. No one should be imprisoned for revealing information to the American people that doesn't jeopardize lives or national security, revealing that Russia meddled in our elections does neither. It this same scenario occurred where Obama had been benefited by the Russians the a******s would be going out of their minds.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-25 08:07 AM | Reply

to classify everything and punish anyone that reveals the truth. Outrageous and disgusting. #4 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

The document was classified TS/SCI under the Obama administration.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-25 11:47 AM | Reply

national security, revealing that Russia meddled in our elections does neither.

You are incorrect. This document jeopardized national security and intelligence gathering methods. The reality is, is that Reality Winner will go to jail for her lapse of judgement.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-25 11:50 AM | Reply

If its embarrassing, it must be classified SECRET, but always in the name of "national security". With those two words they can throw anyone in jail, without revealing any evidence against them.

Unconstitutional, outrageous and disgusting.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-25 12:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Trump was shown to be a liar and a fool by this young lady.

THAT is unforgivable.

She must be sacrificed as an example to anyone else who is thinking about doing the same thing.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-26 08:32 PM | Reply

She must be sacrificed as an example to anyone else who is thinking about doing the same thing.
#9 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

FTA:
The Obama administration launched an unprecedented crackdown against whistle-blowers, charging more of them under the Espionage Act of 1917 than all previous administrations combined.

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-26 10:50 PM | Reply

What is interesting to me is how this highly qualified and motivated individual (Reality Winner) was unable to gain employment with any NGOs because despite her extensive language experience, she didn't have a degree, thus was looked over in the applications process. Seems like a broken system.

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-26 10:53 PM | Reply

You are incorrect. This document jeopardized national security and intelligence gathering methods. The reality is, is that Reality Winner will go to jail for her lapse of judgement.
#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 a

--------, it was more proof the Russians interfered with our election.

Ask yourself this: What else is the government not releasing?

#12 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-12-27 12:04 AM | Reply

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