Authorities have charged Jack Teixeira with unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information and unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material after the Pentagon leaks, according to CBS News.
A Massachusetts Air National Guard member and avid video game player, Teixeira allegedly obtained classified national defense materials with his government computer and leaked the content online the outlet reported. He made his first court appearance Friday after being arrested the previous day, and faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.
Teixeira had a “top security” clearance and is accused of sending classified information to unauthorized people, according to CBS News. He allegedly oversaw a private Discord server including around 20-30 mostly young men, the New York Times reported.
One server member, who the NYT identified as Teixeira, posted hundreds of photos of classified documents there, claiming to access them from his job on a military base, two members told The Washington Post on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.
According to the government, an online user who reposted sensitive materials claimed they were originally shared under Teixeira’s user name, with one such highly classified document describing “the status of the Russia Ukraine conflict, including troop movements, on a particular date,” CBS News reported.
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