Reality Winner is such a great name. What she may win, for trusting the Intercept, and for apparently not seeing the reality of the bigger game being played, however, is jail time. The bigger game is the illusion of US democracy.
In US elections, each county reports results as ballots are counted. There is no central computer to be hacked. If the evidence Reality Winner leaked is from county vote systems and is Russian IP addresses, hackers already know that those will be seen in logs and that IP addresses can be falsified.
The underlying US election problem is proprietary code (e.g. Microsoft MDAC) and backdoors in hardware used for electronic voting systems, plus a lack of paper recipts that allow a recount. The code we use for voting is not secure, many think on purpose.
The (voting) system also appears to use MDAC 2.1, or Microsoft Data Access Components, which was found in the WinEDS folder on the server. MDAC is code used to send information between a database and a program.
MDAC 2.0 … This version had security vulnerabilities whereby an unchecked buffer could allow an elevated privileges attack. This was found some time later and it affected MDAC 2.1, 2.5 and 2.6 and was addressed in a later patched
With leaks of the voting software code from 2 of the 3 top companies (2003), it is easy for a programmer with access to a computer make the program show one vote on the electronic voting screen and then to record a different vote behind the scenes on the internal memory that gets counted.
This blows non-technical people’s minds.
A simpler demo: Click this link to Microsoft.com and it will go to Google.com.
With Microsoft code, as with network hardware, hacks and backdoors may already exist, courtesy of the US military industrial complex. Signals recorded from Russia could have been someone from anywhere in the world trying to expose fraud in the system. Perhaps Russia really was trying to monkey with the votes… perhaps at the same time the US government was doing the same thing. If you think that’s nonsense, prove it. The problem is, we, (the people of the US) can’t really know, because the US vote system’s details (hardware and software) are secret.
A compromised machine would be expected to erase the hacking code so you most likely wouldn’t know what was changed, but if you checked carefully enough, you might tell that the machine had been compromised. There might be some trace, such as a blanked out log file, or a gap in the log file, or a timestamp anomaly. At the highest levels of hacking, there would be no trace. For any machines compromised, there should be a re-vote, but that needs to be done before the election is finalized.
The Justice Department announced charges yesterday against a federal intelligence contractor, Reality Leigh Winner, for allegedly leaking classified information about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to an online media outlet, The Intercept. …
Staffers across the government have also been warned about using encrypted apps like Confide and Signal and told that they violate the Presidential Records Act. …
From 2008 until 2012, intelligence community contractors were afforded strong whistleblower protections through the American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009.
However, Congress later eliminated whistleblower protections for these contractors leaving them few options other than to remain silent or make anonymous leaks to the press. This is why Edward Snowden famously leaked information about the NSA collection programs to the media; apart from a broken, ineffectual Presidential Directive, Snowden didn’t have viable options.
Reality Leigh Winner is an intelligence contractor with the NSA. On June 5, the world learned that Reality Leigh Winner, 25 — a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation working at a U.S. government facility in Georgia — had been charged with removing classified material. “She has been employed at the facility since on or about February 13, and has held a Top Secret clearance during that time,” a government criminal complaint stated. “On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it.”
… Reality is believed to have given the material (info about the 2016 presidential election) to a news outlet. The Intercept used classified NSA information in a June 5 report that suggests that Russian military intelligence had attempted to hack into at least one voting software supplier in the United States before the 2016 election had ended. Reality is thought to be the one who provided the intel. …
Reality has strong opinions and is NOT a fan of President Donald Trump. Reality’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told the Daily Beast that her daughter is not a politically active person, but is “passionate about her views.” However, news outlets have already begun to pour over her social media accounts, and it looks like she does not like the president AT ALL. …
Reality Winner tweeted “have you ever met an Iranian?” at Donald Trump after he called them “SO DANGEROUS.”
Reality is fluent in several languages. Billie told The Guardian that the NSA contractor used to work as a linguist for the Air Force. Reality speaks Pashto, Farsi and Dari. …
She faces serious repercussions for her actions. Billie says the Justice Department was vague while informing her about her daughter’s arrest, however, based on the charges, it is reported she could face 10 years in prison if convicted.
Perhaps the current president spent a lot of money on a crack team to hack the election out from under the usual hackers and his team disliked Russia so they used Russian IPs as the source of their work. Perhaps it was aliens. The real problem is, WE don’t know the real reality, Reality.
If you want democracy, open source the voting code and provide hard copy receipts for all electronic voting. Hold random recount checks for verification. It can be done.