Reality Winner

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Reality Winner

She was born in 1991, she was raised beneath the southern sun
And since she was quite young she sought to find a way
To come up with solutions to the problems of the day
She learned lots of languages and lots of other things
Which Top Secret Clearance can bring

Many people say the truth will set you free
Tell that to Reality

She analyzed the intercepts from Al-Qaeda and IS
Did her best to ascertain the right address
To send in the drone strikes and fight the war
That she once believed in wholeheartedly before
She found the information she knew people had to know
As the prosecution's evidence shows

She saw proof that hackers tried hard to affect
Which presidential candidate US voters would elect
She thought this could not be secret, this we know is true
And she was convinced of what she had to do
Now she's held in solitary, in a Texas prison cell
It's another gaping hole in the Liberty Bell

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from Strangers & Friends, released December 16, 2019

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