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NSA Contractor Accused of Leaking Information Makes Her Plea in Federal Court

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Reality Winner, the former intelligence analyst and Air Force veteran busted for leaking secrets to the press appeared in Federal District Court in Augusta, Georgia where she pleaded guilty under the Espionage Act.

Part of the deal Winner arranged with prosecutors includes a 63 month prison sentence for sharing a classified report concerning Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election with journalists.

Online news site The Intercept published a copy of the report on June 5 of last year, the same day as Winner’s arrest. Prosecutors allege that Winner was the source of the leak, and say she had been “mad about some things she had seen in the media, and she wanted to set the facts right.”

Winner, who has been jailed since her arrest last June, told Chief Judge J. Randal Hall, “All of my actions I did willfully, meaning I did so of my own free will.” She was pursued by the Department of Justice under the Espionage Act.

Billie Winner-Davis, mother of the accused, said on Tuesday, “They’re just coming down on her so tough. I can only think that it’s because she was the very first one: the one they wanted to make an example out of, the one they wanted to nail to the door as a message to others.”

But Ms. Winner-Davis also conceded that her daughter “wouldn’t have made this decision if she wasn’t ready to accept the consequences and to accept responsibility.”

The former NSA contractor’s mother further criticized the law under which her daughter was prosecuted, saying, “It’s harsh, it’s outdated, it needs to be reformed. I wanted to fight the Espionage Act. Reality Winner, I don’t want her name to go down as being someone in history who betrayed or hurt her country.”

Reality Winner was honorably discharged from the Air Force back in 2016 and took a position with the NSA contractor Pluribus International. At that time she held a top secret security clearance and spoke fluent Arabic and Farsi.

This young woman should’ve set aside her personal politics and followed the law, keeping this information classified, going through the proper chain of command if there were things she was concerned about.

Instead, she chose an illegal and dangerous path, one that comes with hefty consequences. Hopefully she learns her lesson.

Source: TheBlaze

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Secret Service Shamed After Drunk Agents Assault Cab Driver in South Korea

There is a history of poor behavior from the Secret Service during Democratic administrations.

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You can tell a lot about a White House by the extracurricular nonsense that hits the press surrounding it.

For instance, after one of President Joe Biden’s dogs began biting random people on the grounds, we started hearing murmurs of just how terse and stressful the place had become, with dog behavior experts suggesting that the mood at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue might have a lot to do with the aggression.

This week, the Biden administration beget more bad behavior, but this time it wasn’t from one of the First Pets.

Two U.S. Secret Service agents in South Korea were sent stateside ahead of President Biden’s arrival following their involvement in an off-duty alcohol-related incident.

The two agents, whose identities have not been made public, are on their way back to Washington, D.C. where they will face disciplinary action, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News.

Both agents apparently became intoxicated while not on duty. One of the agents then got into an altercation with a cab driver.

There could be more trouble coming, as well.

In South Korea, officials send mediators to the scene of low-level disputes and then determine if criminal charges would be filed.

One of the agents was interviewed by authorities and no charges have been filed.

The government released one of its usual, dry, boilerplate-esque missives.

“The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees which may constitute potential policy violations,” USSS chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told Fox News. “We have very strict protocols and policies for all employees and we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards.”

There is a history of poor behavior from the Secret Service during Democratic administrations, with a notable incident having occurred in 2012, involving Barack Obama’s agents and a Colombian prostitute.

You can tell a lot about a White House by the extracurricular nonsense that hits the press surrounding it. For instance, after one of President Joe Biden’s dogs began biting random people on the grounds, we started hearing murmurs of just how terse and stressful the place had become, with dog behavior experts suggesting that the mood at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue might have a lot to do with the aggression. This week, the Biden administration beget more bad behavior, but this time it wasn’t from one of the First Pets. Two U.S. Secret Service agents in South Korea were sent stateside ahead of President Biden’s arrival following their involvement in an off-duty alcohol-related incident. The two agents, whose identities have not been made public, are on their way back to Washington, D.C. where they will face disciplinary action, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News. Both agents apparently became intoxicated while not on duty. One of the agents then got into an altercation with a cab driver. There could be more trouble coming, as well. In South Korea, officials send mediators to the scene of low-level disputes and then determine if criminal charges would be filed. One of the agents was interviewed by authorities and no charges have been filed. The government released one of its usual, dry, boilerplate-esque missives. “The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees which may constitute potential policy violations,” USSS chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told Fox News. “We have very strict protocols and policies for all employees and we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards.” There is a history of poor behavior from the Secret Service during Democratic administrations, with a notable incident having occurred in 2012, involving Barack Obama’s agents and a Colombian prostitute.

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A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco Exclusively for Flag and Cross ©2022

See more A.F. Branco cartoons on his website Comically Incorrect.

A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco Exclusively for Flag and Cross ©2022 See more A.F. Branco cartoons on his website Comically Incorrect.

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