Teixeira Indicted On Felony Charges
Former Massachusetts National Guard airman Jack Teixeira was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly leaking a number of sensitive national security documents on online forums.
Federal prosecutors allege that the 21-year-old released a number of classified documents related to the war between Russia and Ukraine. Teixeira was indicted on six counts of willful retention and transmission of national defense information.
Teixeira was arrested in April following a brief investigation.
The charges were lauded by federal law enforcement.
“Individuals granted security clearances are entrusted to protect classified information and safeguard our nation’s secrets,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. He added that the allegations against the former airman “reveal a serious violation of that trust.”
“The FBI and our partners remain firm in our commitment to hold accountable those who endanger our national security and the security of our allies around the world,” he said.
A federal grand jury indicted the 21-year-old Air National Guardsman accused of leaking hundreds of highly classified Pentagon documents on Thursday.
Jack Teixeira was indicted on six counts of willful retention and transmission of classified information.https://t.co/nTrY57CkhW
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 15, 2023
Teixeira was accused of leaking the secret information in a Discord chat room, which included a number of potentially embarrassing national security topics.
According to the information the airman leaked, were estimated casualty figures of the Russian and Ukrainian military during the conflict in Eastern Europe.
The documents also allegedly revealed the state of Ukrainian air defense and the status of an American request to South Korea for artillery shells that could be then sent to Ukraine.
Furthermore, one document allegedly outlined potential action by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad against that country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The leaks and the subsequent arrest led to significant criticism from many conservatives.
Former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) told Fox News that the “problem” with the Biden administration “is no one is held accountable.”
“Someone has to lose their job,” he said.
Duffy added that there are “real problems in the Pentagon. And I don’t think the administration wants to look inside to go, who is the problem? Who else do we have to bring in to make sure our secrets are safe?”
If convicted, Teixeira may face more than a decade in prison.