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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

DC press corps just got a warning

On Monday, the feds charged Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, and charged her "with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 793(e)," according to the official press release.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said: “Exceptional law enforcement efforts allowed us quickly to identify and arrest the defendant. Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government. People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation.”

The charge heard 'round the Beltway.

Suddenly, leaks have consequences.

Uh-oh.

CNN pointed is accusatory finger at an Intercept story published on Monday (Winner was arrested on Saturday).

From the Intercept:
RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.
The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure. The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light.
While the document provides a rare window into the NSA’s understanding of the mechanics of Russian hacking, it does not show the underlying “raw” intelligence on which the analysis is based. A U.S. intelligence officer who declined to be identified cautioned against drawing too big a conclusion from the document because a single analysis is not necessarily definitive.
But the Obama administration leaked like a sieve on the Trump administration, and no one did a thing.

Both the leaker and the Intercept are mosquitoes in the swamp.

If by some miracle, this is the start of a serious effort to end Democratic snakes in the grass from leaking national security information to get Republican presidents, then let the games begin.

But I doubt it.

The New York Times just outed the head of our CIA operations in Iran, and no one in Washington has said a peep.




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12 comments:

  1. "...But I doubt it."

    Exactly.

    This is the best they can do with "leakers", with a case handed to them on a fluorescent frizby by the Intercept? TS clearance from a worldwide contractor with a trail of brainwashed teenie bopper posts on social media? Well...ok.

    Good luck with that. The all powerful Utah intel system would probably work better as a subscription gaming platform.

    The wife asked me this morning how they pulled off the D-Day invasion without leaks. My response was: "They had firing squads (and occasional friendly fire) back then."

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  2. IMHO leakers should be charged with treason, straight up, and if convicted, executed. Boiling in oil would work for me, but probably not legal. ;-)

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    1. I prefer the guillotine. Probably not legal, either, but it gets the job done.

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    2. Gentlemen, again treason is a constitutional described and proscribed crime having to do with aiding or fighting for an ENEMY. And who is an enemy per the Constitution, one that Congress has DECLARED WAR on; not a Congressional resolution to attack, or defend against, say Russia, Iran. No one of those nor any other country is presently an enemy per the Constitution. Even the Rosenbergs were not convicted of treason; it is a hard crime to prove per the constitutional requirements. If Flynn or anyone else is a treasonous person subject to trial on that charge, then what about the many who went to Syria to fight for ISIS. They are still free!
      The only way we can legally prosecute those who fight for ISIS, support or plan terrorist attacks to have a declaration of war which, as with Germany, Italy and Japan during WWII, which can and should override their 1st Amendment rights.

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  3. Compartmentalized info is exactly what it sounds like, leaker and leakee get a segment but nothing more. I hope Reality Winner spends a nice bit of time thinking about her time in the very secure part of Leavenworth. I hear they offer free gender reassignment surgery.

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  4. You start with the lowest level idiots. Flip them and/or work your way up the food chain. She already confessed because she is so stupid and "special". As it occurs to her (with the assistance of a public defender) that she is screwed she will roll on others including any who encouraged her idiocy. Currently her rear end is stilling in lockup which is where she belongs.
    Elliott

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    1. This is a start. when she see what the consequences are she will sing like a swamp canary...
      a "Reality Check" if you will..
      TG McCoy

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    2. No, I don't think so. She's radicalized. Look into her background. Iran, right? Look at the languages she speaks. Nope, I think she's going to set this out just fine. Besides, personally, her leftist allies will stand by her.

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  5. WikiLeaks Julian Assange has already gone on-line, calling her a "whistleblower" and asking people to support her. I anticipate she will be offered free legal advice, the best defense attorney Liberal money can buy. The Left intends to turn her case into another ring of the Trump Circus. However, I cannot see how she'll be able to claim whistleblower status, since it's clear from her own comments she acted entirely out of political animus towards Trump. In addition, the classified report she passed along had nothing to do with government mismanagement or misconduct, violations of law, danger to public health or safety, fraud, abuse of authority, or the array of other grounds on which whistleblowers can claim protective status under the WPA statute. This should be a straightforward case of an unauthorized release of classified information. And since there was clearly intent on her part, I don't think she'll be able to use the absurd "Hillary Defense" James Comey created out of thin air to keep HRC from going to jail.

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  6. I do hope a true patriot is picked to prosecute her.

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  7. The naming of that addled loser as "Reality Winner" is about as appropriate as naming a diabetic "Candy".

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