Rosie O’Donnell Donates To Online Fundraiser For Busted NSA Leaker Reality Winner

A 25-year-old woman named Reality Winner has broken the law, and she’s now facing the music for her actions. The Augusta, Georgia resident was employed as a contractor for the National Security Agency, and she’s accused of removing classified information and sharing it with a news organization. The removed documents were traced back to her computer, and all signs point to her being guilty.

As the Daily Mail shares, that makes Winner a “brave young patriot” - as far as Rosie O’Donnell is concerned. The star has donated $1,000 to a GoFundMe account that has been set up on behalf of Winner.

“These funds will be able to assist with loss of wages, counseling from this traumatic experience and to be able to recover from this as Reality & her family rebuilds their lives,” the page touts. “Possible expenses for travel for the family and anything they might need to help them through these troubled times.”

Traumatic and troubled is one way to describe this situation, but we’ll also add that it was a completely avoidable problem. As the criminal complaint alleges, Winner has violated her employment agreement and demonstrated that her top-secret security clearance was wildly misplaced.

“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,” the complaint reads in part.

Nonetheless, Winner’s mother has noted what an upstanding young lady her daughter is.

“She always does what's right. She served her country, she was in the Air Force for six years. She volunteers, she does whatever she can to make the community and the world better. That's what she wants to do,” she said.

It remains unclear how leaking confidential documents to a news organization benefits the community as a whole. There was absolutely nothing in the documents that indicated any wrongdoing on the part of government officials, but it did include information on an ongoing investigation. That investigation may now be compromised as a result of Winner’s actions, but at least she was able to provide a story to a news outlet.

Nonetheless, the GoFundMe efforts have been somewhat of a success, as some users have felt the need to donate to her ‘cause.’

“Thank you, Ms. Winner. I owe you so much more than I can donate. You are a patriot and a true friend of democracy,” shared one user.

“This heroic young woman put her life on the line for US and this is how we repay her. I don’t even have a job right now and I donated. Get it together people!” added another.

There seems to be a ton of confusion about the definitions of the words ‘heroic’ and ‘patriot,’ but perhaps there’s some kind of static definitions for these words that we are unaware of. Winner has been indicted for “willful retention and transmission of national defense information,” and she’s facing up to 10 years behind bars and massive fines as a result of feeling the need to share confidential information with a news organization so that the outlet could write a story.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Fox News Screenshot

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