Sup­port­ers urge Trump to keep fill­ing Twitter feed

Es­tab­lish­ment still seen as foe

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY S.A. MILLER

Far from fed up with Pres­i­dent Trump’s Twitter feed, his sup­port­ers say they would wel­come more mis­sives from their cham­pion.

Trump tweets are proof that the in­side-the-Beltway es­tab­lish­ment — politi­cians, the press and po­lit­i­cal aides — have yet to tame Mr. Trump, sup­port­ers said, and if he caved to in­creas­ing calls to cool it, then he would be sur­ren­der­ing to the very forces he is fight­ing.

“He’s show­ing us how to win again, how to take back our coun­try,” said Cathy Ac­cordino, a mo­tor sports TV pro­ducer in Bristol, Ten­nessee. “He’s go­ing in the face of all th­ese dis­sent­ing voices about his tweet­ing, fac­ing them head on and say­ing, ‘Ex­cuse me, we’re not go­ing to do what you say any­more. This is what got us down the path of los­ing our coun­try, let­ting the deep state and left-wing me­dia take over.’”

A se­ries of tweets in the days af­ter the lat­est ter­ror­ist at­tack in Lon­don have re­drawn the fo­cus on Mr. Trump’s ac­count. The pres­i­dent got into a spat with Lon­don’s mayor, seemed to be mak­ing new in­ter­na­tional pol­icy to­ward Qatar and com­pli­cated his at­tor­neys’ ef­forts to de­fend his travel ban ex­ec­u­tive or­der.

MSNBC said Mr. Trump had gone “rogue,” while Repub­li­cans and Democrats at the Capi­tol tsk-tsked the pres­i­dent for break­ing the rules of pol­i­tics, deco­rum and diplomacy.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, Ken­tucky

in­ves­ti­ga­tions to ex­pand un­der Mr. Trump, who has ac­cused Obama holdovers in the bu­reau­cracy of leak­ing in­for­ma­tion to un­der­mine his pres­i­dency.

“We’ve seen pros­e­cu­tions ramp up un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion,” said Dana Gold, an of­fi­cial at the Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Project, which ad­vo­cates for whistle­blow­ers.

“The rhetoric around in­tel­li­gence dis­clo­sures has only con­tin­ued un­der the new ad­min­is­tra­tion, so pros­e­cu­tions or threats of pros­e­cu­tions cer­tainly hap­pen. From what I’ve seen of the ev­i­dence in this case, based on the Es­pi­onage Act, it seems like a com­pelling case that clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion was dis­closed,” she said.

The pres­i­dent has been rail­ing against leaks since be­fore his in­au­gu­ra­tion and has promised a crack­down. The White House wouldn’t com­ment on Ms. Win­ner’s case Tues­day but said in gen­eral that Mr. Trump is con­cerned about loose lips.

“You’ve heard the pres­i­dent very clearly talk about the con­cern that he has about unau­tho­rized dis­clo­sures of clas­si­fied and sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion and the threat that they can pose to na­tional se­cu­rity,” said White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer. “I think it is im­por­tant to note that any dis­clo­sure of clas­si­fied or sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion clearly threat­ens our na­tional se­cu­rity.”

Ms. Win­ner is a con­trac­tor with Pluribus In­ter­na­tional Corp., where she had worked since Fe­bru­ary with a top-se­cret clear­ance at a fed­eral fa­cil­ity in Geor­gia.

She is ac­cused of leak­ing a clas­si­fied in­tel­li­gence re­port with “top se­cret level” in­for­ma­tion. The Jus­tice De­part­ment said the file con­tained clas­si­fied de­fense in­for­ma­tion from an in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity agency.

The charges were an­nounced soon af­ter The In­ter­cept pub­lished de­tails of a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency re­port on Rus­sian hack­ing be­fore the Novem­ber pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The Jus­tice De­part­ment said Ms. Win­ner ad­mit­ted to print­ing a clas­si­fied in­tel­li­gence doc­u­ment de­spite not hav­ing a “need to know” and with knowl­edge that the re­port was clas­si­fied. The crim­i­nal com­plaint also says she ad­mit­ted to tak­ing the re­port from her of­fice space and mail­ing it to The In­ter­cept.

Judg­ing from her so­cial me­dia posts, the blond young woman en­joys post­ing pho­to­graphs of her pets, weightlift­ing and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about the en­vi­ron­ment from sources al­lied with lib­eral fig­ures such as Mr. San­ders and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore.

She has pro­moted ar­ti­cles in op­po­si­tion to the Dakota Ac­cess and Key­stone XL pipe­lines, both of which Mr. Trump has sup­ported.

In Fe­bru­ary, be­fore Mr. Trump took ac­tion to move for­ward with the Dakota Ac­cess pipe­line, Ms. Win­ner wrote on Face­book: “The White House shut down their phone lines. There have been protests for months, at both the drilling site and out­side the White House. I’m los­ing my mind. If you voted for this piece of s---, ex­plain this. He’s ly­ing. He’s bla­tantly ly­ing and the sec­ond largest sup­ply of freshwater in the coun­try is now at risk. #NoDAPL #Nev­erMyPres­i­dent #Re­sist.”

Four months ago, she wrote on her Face­book page: “Re­peat af­ter me: In the United States of Amer­ica, in the year 2017, ac­cess to clean, fresh wa­ter is not a right, but a priv­i­lege based off of one’s so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus.”

Be­fore the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Ms. Win­ner wrote, “On a pos­i­tive note, this Tues­day when we be­come the United States of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, Olympic lift­ing will be the na­tional sport.”

She also wrote in March that global warm­ing is “the sin­gle great­est threat we face.”

“Not one per­son alive un­der the age 27 has lived through a cooler than av­er­age month,” she said. “The lev­els of CO2 in the at­mos­phere is go­ing to reach 409 parts per mil­lion this year, in­creas­ing at a rate twice as fast as pre­dicted. If its con­cen­tra­tion keeps ris­ing at this rate, it will dou­ble com­pared with pre-in­dus­trial times well be­fore the end of the cen­tury. IMHO, this is­sue is a wee bit more press­ing than jobs or even health care.”

Many of her posts were more mun­dane. She wrote in March of her weightlift­ing abil­i­ties: “If my thighs were as big as Bey­once’s, I could prob­a­bly add 60-70 lbs to my back squat.”

The Project on Gov­ern­ment Over­sight said the pros­e­cu­tion of Ms. Win­ner of­fers “a num­ber of lessons and con­sid­er­a­tions for sources and jour­nal­ists who seek to anony­mously dis­close in­for­ma­tion.”

“In par­tic­u­lar, sources who want to make an anony­mous dis­clo­sure of in­for­ma­tion should avoid mak­ing con­tact via gov­ern­ment phones, email or com­put­ers,” said POGO Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Danielle Brian.

Ms. Gold said the case “raises se­ri­ous is­sues about the lack of pro­tec­tions for in­tel­li­gence em­ploy­ees, ei­ther con­trac­tors or within the fed­eral sys­tem, to blow the whis­tle.”

“There are no mech­a­nisms for an in­tel­li­gence con­trac­tor to use in­ter­nal chan­nels to make dis­clo­sures of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, even if those dis­clo­sures re­veal gross il­le­gal­ity,” she said, adding that she be­lieves fear of reprisals are driv­ing many leak­ers to the me­dia since Mr. Trump be­came pres­i­dent.

For­mer NSA con­trac­tor Ed­ward Snow­den, who faces charges of re­veal­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion dur­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion about gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance pro­grams, is still a fugi­tive from jus­tice in Rus­sia.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.