Prosecutors in Georgia are alleging that Reality Winner, the government contractor accused of leaking a top-secret NSA document to reporters, wrote in a notebook that she wanted to “burn the White House down.”
Let’s all remember that Madonna said this at the Women’s March in Washington D.C.: “Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I’m outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
The 25-year-old NSA contractor, has pled “not guilty” to leaking classified information to an online news outlet widely believed to be the Intercept. Winner was previously indicted by a federal grand jury for “willful retention and transmission of national defense information.” She was arrested at her home in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday, and, two days later, federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against her.
Prosecutors argued that the only thing Winner could do if she were released on bail is be recruited by the nation’s enemies. According to prosecutors, Winner also wrote down the names of Taliban and al Qaeda officials, including Osama bin Laden. Winner pleaded not guilty and was denied bail by the judge.
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari said Winner was “underwhelmed with what WikiLeaks had to offer,” adding: “She couldn’t understand why this document hadn’t been leaked already.”
Winner’s Twitter account, listed under the pseudonym Sara Winners, also displayed some unfavorable views of President Trump. Prior to working for Pluribus International Corporation, a defense and intelligence contractor for the U.S. government, Winner regularly tweeted about Trump—notably calling him a “piece of shit” in February. Winner’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told The Guardian that her daughter was “not a fan of [President] Trump,” but added that Winner wasn’t “someone who would go and riot or picket.”
In court, Winner’s defense attorney Titus Nichols said his client was being punished for being a typical tech-savvy millennial and exaggerating the threat she poses.
“Because my client is a millennial and she knows how to use technology, that’s somehow proof of evil intent,” Nichols said. “The government is scraping and clawing to build a mountain out of a molehill.”
However, the judge said whether Winner’s violent words were “a jest or not, it still concerns” him. Though prosecutors don’t think Winner is a jihadist or terrorist sympathizer.
“The government is not in any way suggesting the defendant has become a jihadist or that she is a Taliban sympathizer,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari told the judge.