Setting aside for future posts whether the entire (((Reality Winner))) affair is a psyop, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have taken over center stage from the hipster Trump-hating, tatted weirdo with a Top Secret security clearance arrested for mishandling classified material.
Specifically, Assange is on the warpath against the reporter who contacted the FBI when he or she received a Top Secret document in the mail.
WikiLeaks issued on Tuesday a $10,000 reward for information about a person, who had disclosed identity of reported National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Reality Leigh Winner, accused by the US authorities of leaking classified information to a media outlet.
Winner, arrested on June 3, is accused of leaking information regarding alleged Russian hacking activities during 2016 US presidential campaign.
Earlier on Tuesday, the US Department of Justice said in a statement that Winner was a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation that held a Top Secret security clearance and was employed at the US government agency facility since February. According to the statement, Winner pilfered the classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency and mailed it to a unnamed media outlet.
According to WikiLeaks, the leaked document was mailed to The Intercept media outlet, which published on Monday the NSA paper detailing “months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the US election and voting infrastructure.”
Assange explained his decision to offer a reward to The Daily Beast
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told The Daily Beast he holds reporters—not just the Trump administration—responsible for the arrest of a U.S. intelligence contractor charged with leaking classified information.
On Monday, the Justice Department said Reality Winner, a 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor, sent top secret information to a news outlet. The announcement came shortly after The Intercept published a series of NSA documents claiming that Russian hackers targeted a voting-software supplier and local election officials just prior to Election Day.
According to the affidavit, reporters for the unnamed news organization provided a copy of the printed NSA report to the agency in order to seek comment. The NSA claimed six people had printed out the report including Winner, who the agency said had been in contact with an unnamed news outlet.
“If the FBI affidavit is accurate the reporter concerned must be named, shamed and fired by whomever they work for to maintain industry standards,” Assange said via Twitter direct message through the WikiLeaks account on Tuesday.
“Source burning reporters are a menace,” he said. “They chill trust in all journalists which impedes public understanding.”
WikiLeaks offered a $10,000 reward for information “leading to the public exposure & termination” of the reporter.
“It seems likely that the FBI affidavit refers to The Intercept, but not certain, hence we say ‘suspected Intercept reporter,’ said Assange. “But whomever this reporter was they are a menace not only to sources but to all journalists by decreasing the trust between sources and journalist and ultimately the public. Democracy dies in darkness.”
Assange’s defense of leaking NSA documents that accuse Russia of interfering in the U.S. election is in contrast to his agreement last year that he was “1,000 percent” confident Russia did not give WikiLeaks hacked Democratic National Committee emails. While Assange did not comment on the content of the leaks, he defended the alleged leaker Monday night.
Assange is not a god. He is a sometime ally. The DNC emails published by Wikileaks (also known as the Podesta emails) did not involve national security. The Snowden material published by Wikileaks showed a government, a (((Deep State))) that was committing treason against its own citizens.
It’s entirely possible to say that you supported Wikileaks before, but not this time, and be a rational human being.
The MSM, which condemned Wikileaks before is now supporting Assange because they want constant leaks to be able to destroy the Trump presidency.
By the way, if you investigate the leaked material, it’s nothing but unsupported speculation by the intel community that Russia did successfully hack the U.S. election.