FBI Apprehends Air Guardsman Involved in Classified Intel Disclosure
A 21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guard member, Airman First Class Jack Douglas Teixeira, has been arrested by the FBI in connection with the leak of numerous classified documents containing national security secrets, including details about US surveillance capabilities on Russia. Teixeira allegedly posted sensitive intelligence to an online gaming chat group called Thug Shaker Central. He was taken into custody at his mother’s home in North Dighton, where multiple weapons were found. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced the arrest and stated that Teixeira would be arraigned at the Federal District Court in Massachusetts for unauthorized removal, retention, and transmission of classified national defense information. The case raises questions about why a junior enlisted airman had access to sensitive information, the absence of proper safeguards, and the reasons behind his actions, as no clear motive has been determined yet.