Jailed woman who leaked US se­crets thanks Trump for tweet

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AT­LANTA (AP) — A former gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor who leaked a clas­si­fied re­port on Rus­sian hack­ing is now thank­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for tweet­ing about her case, af­ter she once called him a “soul­less gin­ger orang­utan.”

In a Thurs­day tele­phone in­ter­view from a Ge­or­gia jail, Re­al­ity Win­ner told “CBS This Morn­ing” that Trump’s tweet was a “breath of fresh air” and it made her laugh. Trump tweeted Aug. 24 that Win­ner’s crime is “small pota­toes” com­pared with “what Hil­lary Clin­ton did.” Trump closed the tweet by blast­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions: “So un­fair Jeff, Dou­ble Stan­dard.”

In Thurs­day’s in­ter­view, Win­ner said that “even our com­man­der in chief, Pres­i­dent Trump, has kind of come out and said ‘wait a minute. This is re­ally un­fair, there’s this dou­ble stan­dard here,’ and for that I can’t thank him enough.”

“So I just can’t thank him enough for fi­nally say­ing what ev­ery­body has been think­ing for 16 months,” she added.

The com­ments are in stark con­trast to her ear­lier de­scrip­tions of Trump.

Be­fore her ar­rest, Win­ner posted on Face­book that cli­mate change was a more im­por­tant is­sue than health care “since not poi­son­ing an en­tire pop­u­la­tion seems to be more in line with ‘health’ care, and not the dis­ease care sys­tem that peo­ple voted for a soul­less gin­ger orang­utan to ‘fix.’”

Pros­e­cu­tors have said Win­ner once wrote in a note­book of her de­sire to torch the White House. “I want to burn the White House Down ... find some­where in Kur­dis­tan to live. Ha-ha!,” is the en­try, As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Jen­nifer So­lari said at a court hear­ing.

In one of her recorded jail­house phone calls be­fore she was sen­tenced, Win­ner said she planned to “play that card: be­ing pretty, white and cute,” So­lari said.

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