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Here’s Why Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner Is Back in the News

We’re learning more about Reality Winner, the 25-year-old NSA contractor accused of leaking classified information to a website. Federal prosecutors filed a transcript in court this week with Winner’s explanation of how she smuggled the document out – and what set her off.

Winner, who is accused of leaking classified information about Russian cyberattacks on the U.S. election system, listed Fox News as one of her frustrations while working for the NSA.

On radio Friday, Glenn couldn’t believe the connection she attempted to make in her testimony. “She filed a formal complaint because they had Fox News on at the office?” he asked incredulously.

Politico reported:

"I wasn't trying to be a Snowden or anything," Winner said, referring to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and his massive disclosures of details on U.S. government surveillance. "I guess it's just been hard at work because . . . I've filed formal complaint about them having Fox News on, you know? Uh, at least, for God's sake, put Al Jazeera on, or a slideshow with people's pets. I've tried anything to get that changed."

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This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Okay. So we all know that workplace stress can drive you to do things that you're not really proud of. We've all done those things, where we're like, sorry, I was really stressed out, man. Hiding out in the bathroom. Wearing headphones that aren't even attached to anything in order to avoid talking to coworkers. Pretending to talk on the phone. "I got it." Leaking classified documents to the media from the NSA. I mean, how many times has that happened to you?

Well, at least that's the excuse from the 25-year-old woman, and, yes, this is her real name, Reality Winner. I don't think I've ever met anyone named winner that the opposite should be her last name. Really, honestly. Relate Winner. The parents, if that's her God-given name by her parents, I mean, really, losers.

You might remember back in June, Reality was arrested on suspicion of leaking intelligence about Russian interference in the 2016 election to the website the Intercept. Now, the report suggested that Russian hackers attacked a US voting software supplier.

Well, Reality is back in the news. And aren't we all atingle? She's back in the news because a transcript of the interview between her and the authorities in a bid to convince the federal judge that she should not be released from jail pending trial.

The transcript reveals exactly why she leaked the classified document and how. She said, "I saw the article, and I was like, I don't understand why this isn't a thing. It made me very mad. I guess it's because just, you know, been hard at work. And I filed a formal complaint about them having Fox News on at the office." Hang on just a second. She filed a formal complaint because she had Fox News on at the office? I mean -- and I'm quoting her. I mean, at least for God's sake, put Al-Jazeera on or a slide show with people's pets. I've tried anything to get that channel changed.

Wow. So let's just make sure we have this straight: Fox News, just it being on in the building was stressing Relate Winner out so much, that she consciously broke the law and leaked classified documents, which, of course, we all understand, right?

Just, by the way, on a side note, she would rather have Al-Jazeera -- let me say that again, over Fox News, she'd rather have the poison that is Al-Jazeera. And, by the way, Al-Jazeera America ceased operations before complaints, so that request couldn't have been fulfilled anyway. Although, I'm sure a pet slide show could have been honored. You know, who knows?

But instead of just doing her job, Reality decided to leak classified information. Now, the second part of this story is how she did it. The transcript reveals that she transported the documents in her underwear, Sandy Berger-style.

Reality said, I folded it in half and put it in my pantyhose. In addition to the pantyhose confession she had on tape, she also admitted, yeah, I screwed up royally. Oh.

Smuggling classified documents in your underwear? I mean, that's screwing up royally. I mean, I understand that you had Fox News on, what were you going to do? This is apparently an epidemic on the left.

The reason why I'm bringing this up, as one of the three things that I think you really have to ponder today, one of the most important things of the day, we all get stressed out on little things on our job, breaking the law and potentially putting our country at risk in order to send a political message, that's probably not the best way to handle stress. I'm just saying.

Next time, do what the rest of us do. Hide in the bathroom. With your headphones on. Not actually listening to anything. Just pretending, like everybody else does.

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