First, is Reality Winner a cool name or what? Unfortunately for Ms. Winner it looks like she is going to prison for several years. She appears to be another Edward Snowden, except on a lesser scale. In that she leaked far fewer documents and also did not flee. But she might not have been expecting to get caught.
Which she might not have been, except that the Intercept (Glenn Greenwald news organization) gave her up. According to what I've read, they turned over the document she sent them, and from that the authorities were able to determine that she physically printed it out and mailed it to the Intercept. The authorities, upon further examining the document, determined the serial number of the printer it was generated using.
Because "recent model color printers automatically leave a unique stamp on the documents they produce". Which made it easy to determine it was her. Seems to me that the Intercept did a crappy job of protecting its source.
One thing going on post revelation of Winner as the leaker is Julian Assange (dick who assisted Putin because of their mutual hate for Hillary Clinton) saying Reality "must be supported". Concerning Winner, Assange tweeted "she is a young woman accused of courage in trying to help us know". WTF is he talking about? According to Assange, it was Seth Rich who gave them the documents and Russia was not involved!
|On Dutch television in August 2016, Assange hinted that Rich, not Russia, may have been the source for the WikiLeaks emails. "Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material, and often very significant risks", he said. "As a 27-year-old, works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington" [knows].|
"Was he [Seth Rich] one of your sources then?" the anchor asked. "We don't comment on who our sources are", Assange replied. "Then why make the suggestion about a young guy being shot in the streets of Washington?" the anchor replied. Pressed repeatedly for clarification, Assange concluded that "others, others have suggested that". (The bonkers Seth Rich conspiracy theory, explained by Jeff Guo. Vox 5/24/2017).
"Others" have suggested that?! YOU just suggested it was Seth Rich! If you think describing someone without using their name - while leaving absolutely no doubt whatsoever who it is you're talking about - is "suggesting". Which I absolutely do. What an asshole. To suggest that Seth Rich was the source of the documents (thus fueling conspiracy theory nuts like Willis Hart) when he knows the documents did not come from Rich.
|"He was so upset", a person who was very close to Rich said on the condition of anonymity for fear of being targeted by cyberbullies and conspiracy theorists. "It was crazy. Especially for Seth. He said, 'Oh, my God. We have a foreign entity trying to get involved in our elections?' That made him so angry". (Seth Rich wasn't just another D.C. murder victim. He was a meme in the weirdest presidential election of our times by Manuel Roig-Franzia. The Washington Post 1/18/2017).|
Maybe Seth Rich was actually not "so upset" but "so relieved" that the DNC was blaming Russia for the theft of it's data instead of him? Or maybe this "person who was very close" to Rich is make-believe, as the Donald tweeted on 5/28/2017 (Whenever you see the words 'sources say' in the fake news media, and they don't mention names... it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers).
Either many of the our largest news organizations (excepting Fox) plus all our intelligence agencies are lying, or there IS something to the "Trump Russia narrative". If not it must be a complete coincidence that so many of Trump's campaign operatives had contacts with Russia prior to his taking office - and they all "forgot" to mention those contacts in their security clearance paperwork.
Me, I think it's much more likely that "coordination may have taken place... between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives" (US officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians) and that it's only a matter of time before Special counsel Robert Mueller's team uncovers impeachable offences.
Especially given that "Mueller is expected to take an expansive view of his role". It's like when Bill Clinton was investigated for Whitewater and (eventually) impeached for a BJ (lying about consensual sex with an intern). If Mueller is casting a wide net I will be shocked if nothing is uncovered. Unless Trump (or Congressional Republicans) stop Muller, I except Trump will be impeached for coordination with Russia. Or maybe it will be for money laundering. Or maybe for something else.
Anyway, while the document leaked by Reality Winner adds to our understanding of the bigger picture, it obviously will not significant when it comes to Trump's (hopeful) inevitable downfall. So, while I agree with her that his is a "soulless ginger orangutan", I do wonder why she'd throw away her life when the odds of Trump going down are (with or without the document) at least in the moderate range.
I'm not counting any chickens before they hatch, but Malcolm Nance says "Trump's got a million things to be impeached on". Impeachment might not be inevitable, especially if Democrats don't take back at least one of the Houses of Congress in 2018.
Or Trump's offenses and crimes might become so obvious that Republicans decide they are better off with Pence. Me, I'm hoping that Trump ends up humiliated and broken and that a weakened Republican Party cannot accomplish anything in however long they have left with complete power. And then a Democratic majority (presidency and Congress) is elected in 2020 (a Progressive Democrat as President would be awesome).
If not we are likely totally f*cked. Given that Paul Ryan (God forbid he ends up president) wants to finish the transformation of the US into a plutocracy. Whatever happens I think we're going to have to go through some rough shit before there is any hope of seeing light at the other end.