aside NSA Leak Exposes Russia’s Overreach Into US Voting Systems

First of all, I am disappointed but not surprised that “we the people” were never informed as to the entire extent that Russia interfered with the US 2016 presidential election process. Why did we have to find out that Russia had actually hacked into US voting systems from a NSA low level leaker versus directly from our US government? And why would these details be classified as this data could be construed to be of extreme public interest? Why does the US government keep eroding the trust that “we the people” would like to give it?

The media outlet, Intercept which published the leak, started up after the Edward Snowden saga, in order to allow for a safe place for whistle-blowers to share sensitive data that would be in the “extreme public interest” category. In this case, when Intercept personnel did their due diligence to verify details contained within the leak, they provided enough information to others, so that the source of the leak could be uncovered. And now we know the name, (Sara) Reality Leigh Winner.

According to the Intercept source, “the leaked NSA report is “the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has become part of the public domain. It indicates that the Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously explained to the American voters and “states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document.”

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The NSA document alleges (Russia) the GRU hacked the voting systems company using a false Google alert requiring a target to enter login credentials. According to the report, it also attempted a parallel campaign using a fake email account meant to be confused with a second company.  And yet, despite all that “planning Russia’s smartest, government / or hired hackers somehow left a trail so obvious that it indicates an intent to let the USA KNOW the source.

As per the Intercept report, “The NSA assessed that this phase of the spear-fishing operation was likely launched on either October 31 or November 1, 2016 and sent spear-fishing emails to 122 email addresses “associated with named local government organizations,” probably to officials “involved in the management of voter registration systems.” The emails contained Microsoft Word attachments purporting to be benign documentation for VR Systems’ EViD voter database product line, but which were in reality maliciously embedded with automated software commands that are triggered instantly and invisibly when the user opens the document. These particular weaponized files used PowerShell, a Microsoft scripting language designed for system administrators and installed by default on Windows computers, allowing vast control over a system’s settings and functions…”

(The Intercept link: “Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election.)

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On 6/6/17, Donie O’Sullivan and David Shortell of CNN News penned the following post, “Accused leaker Reality Winner called Trump an ‘orange fascist’ on Twitter.”

Excerpts:

“The federal contractor accused of leaking classified information to an online news outlet regarding a 2016 Russian military intelligence cyber-attack complained about the Trump administration and posted about leaks on what appears to be her public Twitter account.”

“Reality Leigh Winner, 25, was employed as a contractor with Pluribus International Corp., a government facility in Georgia from around February 13, according to an affidavit supporting her arrest. Her Twitter activity dropped significantly after that date.”
“The Justice Department announced charges Monday (6/5/17) against Winner. She is accused of leaking classified information, used as the basis for an article The Intercept published Monday, detailing a classified National Security Agency memo.”
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“Winner posted on Twitter as Sara Winners but didn’t seem too concerned with concealing her identity. Her profile picture is a photo of herself, and she posted a selfie in February.”
“She also uses her Twitter username @Reezlie on Instagram; however, her activity on the two platforms differed dramatically. On Instagram, she primarily posted selfies from the gym and pictures of food, while on Twitter she rarely posted about herself, focusing more on politics — behavior not uncommon for people who use both social networks.” 
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Sara Reality Leigh Winner
 “Winner follows 50 Twitter accounts, among them Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks, several with links to the group Anonymous and “alt” government agency accounts that became popular after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, including AltFDA. None of the accounts appear to be personal connections.”
“Winner didn’t hide her disdain for Trump. On Election Night, when it became apparent that Trump would win, she tweeted, “Well. People suck.” #ElectionNight”
“On February 11, she was particularly active on the social network, tweeting directly at the President, describing him as an “orange fascist.”
“Winner didn’t appear to post explicitly about hacking or leaking but did retweet and like several tweets on the topic.”
“She “liked’ a tweet from the hacking group Anonymous in November that hinted at hacking a Mac computer the then-President-elect was using.”
“She follows several “rogue” Twitter accounts designed to look like they are run by federal agencies. Many of these accounts claim to be run by agency employees unhappy with the Trump administration.”
“She retweeted a post in January from the “Rogue NASA” account that attempted to explain why such accounts were becoming more popular.”
Image result for photo of NSA BUILDING“Her mother, Billie Winner, said her daughter wasn’t especially political and had not praised past leakers such as Snowden to her. “She’s never ever given me any kind of indication that she was in favor of that at all,” her mother said. “I don’t know how to explain it.”
“Her court-appointed attorney, Titus Nichols, told CNN he was unable to confirm 6/6/17 that the Twitter account was Winner’s. Earlier, he said he believes the government has a political agenda by going after his client, a low-level government employee. Nichols said he hasn’t seen anything that would lead him to believe Winner is guilty of these charges.”

13 comments

  1. Gronda, you have been piecing this puzzle together as well as anyone. There are a couple of truisms we should always remember courtesy of our Russian intelligence. Putin is involved with planning most if not all of their high level counterintelligence. My opinion is he sees the Internet as a means of shooting fish in a barrel. When he says he is not involved in something – he is lying. Take it to the bank. Same holds true for our President. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      Why is it that these totalitarian leaders lie to its peoples with impunity? It’s because these leaders don’t give a hoot about its peoples. “We the People” are here to serve the leader’s needs instead of vice versa.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. The plot thickens, it turns out our whistleblower Reality Winner may have been an unwitting patsy in this NSA concocted drama.

    “An hour after The Intercept publishes – the FBI arrests Winner

    * * *

    Some observations:

    It’s hard to believe the NSA hires contractors who would fail to properly vet and weed out a radicalized 25 year old political activist with Top Secret clearance who changed her name to ‘Reality’ and spouts aggressive rhetoric against a sitting President over social media.
    Was Winner set up?
    While it appears the Intercept totally fucked Winner over, given Glen Greenwald’s experience with the Snowden leaks they should be experts at operational security. For them to hand over identifying information to the NSA was either intentional or incompetence. A third option is that perhaps the US Government was able to successfully threaten The Intercept.
    Could the report itself have been an internal psyop meant to ensure employee loyalty?”

    We’ll see how this story unfolds, from the conservative perspective, she was set up from the very beginning as a fall guy to deter future whistleblowing from internal gov’t agencies. Of course they downplay the importance of the leaked document… calling it unsubstantiated “weak sauce”.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-06/nsa-leaker-reality-winner-feels-ham-handed-psyop

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      I had read the Zerohedge’s blogs on Sara Winner. I have not used it as a source because I can’t verify its analysis. But in my mind, it makes sense to be suspicious that Sara Winner may have been set up to take the fall. This is why she needs an outstanding attorney.

      When I originally started researching this topic, I had wondered why the material in question had been classified in the first place.

      Frankly, I want this entire situation investigated. Yes, I smell a rat.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • My thoughts precisely! If there’s no coverup or conspiracy to hide Trump’s stealing of the election with the aid of the Russians, then why classify anything?! Why won’t the intelligence agencies just expose the whole cabal and let justice take it’s course?

        Therefore i am inclined to believe that:
        a) The IC does not have any hard proof of Russian tampering of US elections, but don’t want to appear incompetent or irrelevant. Comey and crew wanted to keep their jobs, so they have no choice but to keep pushing the Russian conspiracy narrative, hence Trump had him fired for incompetence and instigating political trouble over Flynn.

        b) The IC are totally corrupt and in league with the Republican party, thereby necessitating the coverup of any incriminating evidence of Russian tampering so as to protect the Trump administration from treason and subsequent impeachment of Trump himself.

        Gronda, perhaps you or your readers can offer other possible scenarios, b/c this definitely smells ratty!

        • Dear 1EarthUnited,

          I am 100 percent convinced that IC has absolute proof that Russia hacked, leaked conspired to meddle into the US 2016 presidential election process.

          As for Ms. Winner, if all the government has against her, is the material she leaked to Intercept, then I am suspicious of a set up because I don’t get why this data was classified, in the first place.

          What Russia did and what Ms Winners did are completely separate cases.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • Do you think the IC is covering up for the Trump administration? Why would they behave this way if they have definitive proof, it just doesn’t add up.

  3. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    I find it extremely concerning that the tRump cartel is more concerned about stopping the leaks of truth about their agenda than they are admitting to the truth of their involvement in corrupt and illegal acts against the government! I know, it would be too much to ask for one to expect them to tell the truth! Does anyone else find it at least a little ironic that the very people that applauded the leaker Snowden are now involved in a vendetta to stop people like this young lady from exposing the truth about the government! I lose more faith as each day passes that this county will continue as a beacon of freedom to the world…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      I don’t like when government employees leak classified data but what Ms. Winner leaked should not have been classified as “we the people” should have been informed about the NSA leaked details. And I am hoping that a top notch attorney will take on this case to make this argument.

      Ciao, Gronda

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