TRUTH PUKE’S TAKE: A 21-year-old airman with the Massachusetts Air National Guard, Jack Teixeira, has been charged under the Espionage Act with unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information and unauthorized removal of classified information and defense materials.
He faces up to 15 years in prison on a combination of imputed articles. A punishment of 10 years is provided for “unauthorized storage and transmission of information on national defense”, and another 5 years for “unauthorized seizure and storage of secret documents and materials”. However, the prosecutor’s office is authorized to impute other offenses or bring similar charges several times for each of the episodes of the leak.
He was arrested by the FBI on 13 April 2023, in connection with a leak of classified Pentagon documents posted on social media to a small Discord group. Teixeira is believed to be the head of an obscure invite-only Discord chatroom called Thug Shaker Central where information from the classified documents was first posted months ago.
He worked as a low-ranking IT official in the Massachusetts Air National Guard, where he would have been working on a network that carried highly classified information.
He has held a Top Secret clearance since 2021, and many of the leaked documents posted on the online server Discord were marked Top Secret. According to a user of the Discord server interviewed by the FBI, Teixeira began posting information in December 2022, and photos of documents in January 2023.
Teixeira has a fascination with the military, guns, and war, according to several former high school classmates. He was under surveillance for at least a couple of days before his arrest. He has been held in detention until his scheduled detention hearing on Wednesday.
The case highlights major ongoing US intelligence vulnerabilities.
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