This "caught leaker" smells like a sting, but the facts don't link neatly into the smell.
First, the _Intercept is part of Deepstate or strongly cooperating with Deepstate. That's been clear for quite a while.
Second, the "information" she leaked to _Intercept is not meaningfully new. Adding GRU to the already existing nonsense about Russian "intention" doesn't add anything. It doesn't matter if the "intention" is from GRU or FSB or anyone else. It's just an "intention".
Third, Deepstate wants to expose and punish pro-Trump people, not anti-Trump people. If this was a sting, it went wrong. Doesn't seem likely.
The leak only says that Russia spies on us. Of course Russia spies on us. Been spying on us since we were a nation. We've been spying on them since we could afford it. The leak claims that Russia wanted to influence the election, which may be true in terms of wanting. We've wanted to influence Russia's elections for a long time. We tried in 1918
and our attempt backfired. We finally SUCCEEDED in the '90s with help from Soros.
The only thing Russia actually DID this time was propaganda. And the various intel agencies, under all of their posturing and fake language, haven't said any more than that. Even this leak doesn't say that Russia DID anything beyond propaganda.
Well then, what did the propaganda want? Anyone who actually READS Sputnik and RT knows that they have been pushing for BERNIE, not for TRUMP. Which is the same as the expressed attitudes of the Reality Winner thing. He or she was too stupid to realize that the side she calls the enemy firmly agrees
with him or her.
This "Reality Winner" thing should have been fired immediately for total failure as an ANALYST because she clearly had the idea that Russian propaganda was pro-Trump. Where did she get that idea? Not from Russia. She got it from CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, NYT, CIA, NSA, FBI, ETC.
An intel ANALYST isn't supposed to blindly believe your own side's propaganda. You're paid to pick up and interpret the OTHER side's propaganda.