Alleged NSA Leaker Was Upset Facility Aired Fox News

Transcript sheds light on how, why Reality Winner allegedly leaked classified info
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2017 12:47 PM CDT
Reality Winner: I Smuggled NSA Report in My Pantyhose
Reality Winner   (Ga.) Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Reality Winner wasn't happy about the work environment at the high-security NSA facility in Georgia where she served as a linguist. "I've filed formal complaint about them having Fox News on, you know?" Politico quotes the 25-year-old as telling FBI agents in June. "At least, for God's sake, put Al Jazeera on, or a slideshow with people's pets." Prosecutors filed a transcript of Winner's FBI interrogation Wednesday in hopes of convincing a judge to keep her locked up until her trial, CBS News reports. She's facing up to 10 years in prison for allegedly sending a classified report on Russian hacking connected to the 2016 election to the media. The now-public FBI transcript sheds light on how and why Winner allegedly leaked the document.

"I wasn't trying to be a Snowden or anything," Winner told FBI agents. She said she wanted to know why reports of Russian attempts to hack voter data ahead of the election weren't public knowledge, ABC News reports. "It made me very mad ... I guess I just didn't care about myself at that point," she told the FBI. "I screwed up royally." In the transcript, Winner initially denies smuggling the report out of the facility before admitting she "folded it in half in my pantyhose" to sneak it out. "There's little to no security on documents," she told agents. "Nobody pats you down." The former Air Force translator said she figured anything in the document that could be compromised by its release had already been compromised through other leaks—that it was going to be "one drop in the bucket." (Read more Reality Winner stories.)

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