The Trump administration began enforcing the law against leaking classified information by arresting federal government contractor Reality Leigh Winner.
But her crime was not the most unbelievable part of the story.
Her past – and how she got a security clearance – raised eyebrows across America.
Winner was arrested for passing classified information to The Intercept about an attempted Russian cyber attack days before the2016 election.
She was outed when The Intercept passed the document to the federal government for verification.
The feds were able to reverse the leak by seeing who had access to that information and then they discovered Winner emailed The Intercept from her work computer.
According to the FBI affidavit, the news outlet outed its source when it provided the top secret doc to the gov’t. for confirmation. pic.twitter.com/PowFcQ6xwc
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 5, 2017
When it was discovered that Winner was the leaker, reporters quickly mined her Twitter feed and what they found was outrageous.
She regularly tweeted racist anti-white sentiments and attacked Trump in over the top language.
@kanyewest you should make a shirt that says, “being white is terrorism”
— Sara Winners (@Reezlie) February 26, 2017
#Mexico #FTW https://t.co/0iYkDudeRj
— Sara Winners (@Reezlie) January 26, 2017
the most dangerous entry to this country was the orange fascist we let into the white house
— Sara Winners (@Reezlie) February 11, 2017
Questions quickly arose as to how someone like this received a security clearance in the first place.
How did Winner pass the Obama administration’s vetting?
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.