Air National Guard Member Arrested for Leaking Classified Information Online

On Thursday, federal authorities announced the arrest of Jack Teixeira, a 21-year-old member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, in connection with the leaking of classified documents online.[0] Teixeira is accused of unauthorized removal, retention, and transmission of classified national defense information.[1] The leaked documents reportedly revealed secrets about Ukraine's preparations for a spring counter-offensive, US spying on allies such as Ukraine, South Korea, and Israel, and tensions between Washington and allied capitals over arming Kyiv.[2] Former CIA and military officers have deemed the leak as a source of embarrassment for the US, casting doubts on the government's ability to protect classified information. This has also led to an uncomfortable situation between Washington and its crucial allies.[3]

Teixeira, who holds the rank of airman first class, has been in uniform since he entered the Air National Guard in September 2019, stationed at Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod, and assigned as a cyber transport systems journeyman.[4] Pentagon records show that he was responsible for supporting network infrastructure and ensuring the communications network used by the Air Force was operating correctly.[5]

The arrest came after exclusive interviews with a member of the Discord group where US intelligence documents were shared. The Washington Post learned details of the alleged leaker, “OG,” and obtained previously unreported documents from a trove of images of classified files posted on a private server on the chat app Discord.[6] Since the news of the leak emerged last week, Pentagon leaders have been tightening the distribution of classified information, and defense officials say they are reviewing policies around information sharing.[7]

The FBI took Teixeira into custody “without incident,” Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in brief remarks at the Justice Department, which has been conducting a criminal investigation.[8] Teixeira will have an initial appearance in US District Court for Massachusetts, said Garland, who added that the investigation is ongoing. Although no particular accusations were initially disclosed, Teixeira is anticipated to make an appearance in Boston's federal court on Friday.

This is not the first time the US has experienced a leak of classified information.[9] The recent disclosures have been likened to past intelligence breaches, such as Chelsea Manning's release of classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010 and Edward Snowden's exposure of a plethora of documents on the National Security Agency's espionage initiatives in 2013.[10] The disclosure seemed to have more up-to-date information compared to previous instances, as certain documents were dated as recent as March.[5]

0. “Live updates: Arrest made in Pentagon documents leak” CNN, 13 Apr. 2023,

1. “The Big Discord Military Secrets Leaker Was, Surprise, A Racist [Update]” Kotaku, 13 Apr. 2023,

2. “Leader of group reportedly behind leak was Air Guard at Fort Bragg” The Fayetteville Observer, 13 Apr. 2023,

3. “Pentagon leak suspect Jack Teixeira was reading book before FBI arrest” Business Insider, 13 Apr. 2023,

4. “What we know about Jack Teixeira, alleged Pentagon leaker” Al Jazeera English, 13 Apr. 2023,

5. “Leaked documents investigation: Jack Teixeira arrested by FBI” CBS News, 13 Apr. 2023,

6. “Discord member details how documents leaked from closed chat group” The Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2023,

7. “What we know about suspected Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira” The Hill, 13 Apr. 2023,

8. “Suspect in Pentagon document leak was member of the Air National Guard, FBI says” NPR, 13 Apr. 2023,

9. “Jack Teixeira: What we know about Pentagon leak suspect” BBC, 14 Apr. 2023,

10. “Stunning leak arrest spotlights major ongoing US intelligence vulnerabilities” CNN, 13 Apr. 2023,

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