Reality Leigh Winner, 28, which is being held at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, has tested positive for COVID-19
Former NSA contractor Reality Winner, convicted of secret document leakage to a news website, tested positive for coronavirus in a federal medical prison in Texas, where over 500 other inmates have contracted COVID-19.
The number of confirmed cases at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth rose to 510 on Tuesday, just two days after the Bureau of Prisons reported that 200 women had tested positive for the virus there.
Only the Seagoville federal prison, also located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, had more infected prisoners, with 1,156 cases as of Tuesday.
“We’re like a lot of hamsters in a cage chasing our own tail,” said Carswell prisoner Holli Chapman.
FMC-Carswell detains female prisoners with medical and mental health problems. It currently has 1,357 prisoners.
Winner is seen during a transfer before pleading guilty to sending national security information. She was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. She is currently one of more than 500 inmates at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth who tested positive for COVID-19
Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth detains female prisoners with medical and psychological problems. It currently has 1,357 prisoners
Among the more notable inmates is Winner, 28, serving a five-year sentence after the former government contractor pleaded guilty to sending a secret report to a news organization.
Since April, many inmates have told the Forth Worth Star Telegram that they feared the virus could spread through prison.
Carswell’s administration asked questions to the Bureau of Prisons. A spokesperson did not respond immediately when DailyMail.com contacted.
The agency said in a statement to the Associated Press that it is taking precautions to curb the spread of the virus.
“As with any type of emergency, we carefully assess how best to ensure the safety of personnel, prisoners and the public,” the agency said. “All of our facilities implement the BOP guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19.”
Texas is one of the states that has seen a new wave of coronavirus cases following the reopening of mandatory locks imposed in May to curb the outbreak.
The state has over 351,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, blamed for over 4,100 deaths.
In the United States, there have been more than 3.8 million cases of the coronavirus, which is blamed for more than 141,000 deaths.
2018 winner pleaded guilty to a single count of sending national security information for printing a secret report at an NSA office in Augusta, Georgia, where she worked as a contractor and tucked it in her pantyhose.
The document, describing Russian attempts to hack American voting software, was leaked to The interception.
Winner (pictured right with her mother Billie Winnerr-Davis) in 2018 pleaded guilty to a single count of sending national security information for printing a secret report to an NSA office in Augusta, Georgia, where she worked as a contractor and pantyhose tucked in her
Winner, an Air Force veteran, was employed by NSA contractor Pluribus International Corporation of Georgia when she purchased the classified material.
Winner named President Donald Trump in a tweet prior to her conviction in an “orange fascist” and wrote in a journal “I want to burn down the White House,” prosecutors said.
In the journal, she also expressed her admiration for the Taliban, prosecutors said.
Her mother Billie Winner-Davis told CNN last year that her daughter had been painted as a “bad person who hates her country.”
“They don’t want the world exposed to the real Reality Winner,” the mother told the cable news in defense of her daughter.
US Attorney Bobby L. Christine acknowledged in a statement last year that Winner’s sentence had been received the longest by a defendant for unauthorized disclosure of information about national defense to the media, saying the sentence had been executed by crime.
“She has deliberately and intentionally betrayed the confidence of her colleagues and her country,” said Christine.
“This was not a victimless crime,” he added. “The document that endangered Winner actually contained TOP SECRET information about the sources and methods used to obtain the information described in the report.”
“That means it has revealed how US intelligence agencies obtained information,” said Christine, adding that the leak reduced the ability of the US to collect similar information in the future.