Here is an explanation as to how the NSA was able to track down Reality Winner. As far as I know, the step by step process described yields information to identify the printer used. The document leaked by the Intercept was from a printer with model number 54, serial number 29535218. The document was printed on May 9, 2017, at 6:20. The NSA almost certainly has a record of who used the printer at that time. How-intercept-outed-reality-winner.
I am not enough of a geek to try and duplicate the results. Just about the time, one might be willing to admit that this is an impressive feat of detective work; the article concludes with the observation: Yes, this code the government forces into our printers is a violation of our 3rd Amendment rights.
This caused me to flash back to an episode of Hill Street Blues of the late seventies, early eighties. The Hill Street cops have arrested a guy for murder. Their only witness is a homeless crazy guy. The day before trial the cops track him down, get him cleaned up, sobered up, put him up in a motel and give him a new suit of clothes. The homeless guy makes it into court tells his story on direct examination and can withstand cross-examination. He comes off as the ideal witness. The judge dismisses the homeless guy, and as he leaves the witness stand he does a strip tease and flashes the court as he announces, “I’m buck naked!”
How did I get there?
Amendment 3 – Quartering of Soldiers
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Best I can tell the writer of the article believes that the government has turned your computer into a boarding house for troops. He might still be right about the process he describes, but I’m a little less sure, now.
It appears that the United States Magistrate Judge did not set a bond during her initial appearance. The government now has ten days during which she can be held before making a bond determination. Too bad she wasn’t arrested in DC.