The latest NSA leaker, a 25-year-old federal contractor who goes by the name Reality Winner, may have leaked classified documents related to the probe into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia for political reasons. Winner allegedly swiped classified documents and mailed them to a news agency, but perhaps she did not count on becoming the actual news for her actions.
She has been heard to call President Trump an “orange fascist” and has claimed that “being white is terrorism.” She has expressed support for Iran in a Tweeted reply to the Foreign Minister of Iran. She is also a strong supporter of Black Lives Matter and a self-styled member of a group calling itself The Resistancetm. She has also expressed a reluctance to have children due to her fears about climate change.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 6, 2017
Obviously a member of the far left, she has probably leaked the classified NSA document in an attempt to damage President Trump. She may have also damaged the investigation proceedings by revealing information just as former FBI Director James Comey is about to testify before a Congressional committee. Now she faces up to 10 years in prison over a criminal action that was clearly politically motivated.
“She’s Not A Threat”
Winner’s mother, Billie Davis-Winner, told NBC News, “She’s not a threat. … She would not jeopardize anyone’s safety.” Davis-Winner stated that her daughter had been terrified when agents showed up to arrest her, fearing that they might make her disappear. This ignores the fact that leaking classified information can not only jeopardize the integrity of an ongoing investigation at a time when feelings across the political spectrum are still high after the election, but such an action can also jeopardize people’s lives if the wrong information is leaked.
Classified information should never be leaked for purely political purposes. Leaking documents and emails created by the Democratic National Committee is not entirely the same thing because there was no damaging classified information involved. It was damaging only to the election hopes of the Democrat Party. The leaking of classified documents held by the NSA, CIA or FBI could damage the national security interests of the United States and impair the ability of their agents to do their jobs.
So perhaps her mother may have thought that she isn’t a threat, but that’s not necessarily the case. While her mother did fear that the authorities might “make an example out of her,” the possibility of facing ten years in prison should get the message across that leaking sensitive information for purely political purposes is not acceptable to anyone who may be on the fence about it.
Even so, hardcore liberals may try to make her out to be a martyr due to her actions in leaking information related to an ongoing investigation. Yes, these are the same liberals who wanted you to pay attention to the fact that somebody hacked the DNC and leaked the results and not the fact that the hack turned up evidence that the DNC deliberately and unfairly stacked the deck against Bernie Sanders in last year’s primaries. This is a double standard that implies that leaking sensitive data is all right when liberals do it, but it’s not acceptable when somebody leaks information that reveals that Democrats have more than a few skeletons in their closets.
Reality Winner has obviously not considered the possible consequences of her actions, as evidenced by the fact that she was apparently scared out of her mind when the authorities showed up. She is essentially a 25-year-old, immature liberal who thought it was acceptable to leak a sensitive document to the media for purely political purposes. Now she is finding out otherwise and that should be a lesson to any other young, liberal federal contractors who are considering doing the same thing.