As I predicted, the wife half of the couple that lived in the nearest village is now gone, so there is now only myself and one other (who lives about 20k in the other direction) in the Moshaweng valley (shown in the picture). In a rather strange definition of joke she decided up and disappearing without saying goodbye would be funny. In any case, I'm excited to meet with some of the folks from the primary school in her old village as it is far, far better than my school. There is also a recently refurbished computer lab, courtesy of another volunteer and myself (in a lesser role), so hopefully I can keep myself busy for the remaining year.
So Reality Winner, former NSA contractor, is in federal prison for leaking classified information — for five years and three months, the longest sentence of any whistleblower in history. She gave documents on how Russia had attempted to hack vendors of election machinery and software to The Intercept , which completely bungled basic security procedures (according to a recent New York Times piece from Ben Smith, the main fault lay with Matthew Cole and Richard Esposito ), leading to her capture within hours. Winner recently contracted COVID-19 in prison, and is reportedly suffering some lingering aftereffects. Glenn Greenwald has been furiously denying that he had anything at all to do with the Winner clusterfuck, and I recently got in an argument with him about it on Twitter. I read a New York story about Winner, which clearly implies that she was listening to the Intercepted podcast of March 22, 2017 , where Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill expressed skepticism about Russia actually b