BOSTON (AP) — Superiors of the Massachusetts Air National Guard member charged with leaking extremely labeled navy paperwork had raised considerations internally on a number of events about his dealing with or viewing of labeled info, in response to a courtroom submitting Wednesday.
Justice Division attorneys made the disclosure in a courtroom papers urging a Justice of the Peace decide to maintain Jack Teixeira behind bars whereas he awaits trial within the case stemming from essentially the most consequential intelligence leak in years. The decide is anticipated to listen to extra arguments Friday on prosecutors’ detention request and subject a ruling.
Teixeira is accused of sharing extremely labeled paperwork about prime nationwide safety points in a chatroom on Discord, a social media platform that began as a hangout for avid gamers. He has not but entered a plea.
Prosecutors instructed the decide of their submitting that Teixeira continued leaking paperwork even after he was admonished by superiors on two separate events final 12 months over “regarding actions” he took associated to labeled info.
A September memo from the Air Nationwide Guard 102nd Intelligence Wing that prosecutors filed in courtroom says Teixeira had been noticed taking notes on labeled intelligence info and placing the notes in his pocket. Teixeira was instructed on the time to not take notes in any type on labeled intelligence info, the memo says.
One other memo from late October says a superior had been made conscious that Teixeira was “doubtlessly ignoring the cease-and-desist order on deep diving into intelligence info” given to him the month earlier than. The memo says Teixeira attended a gathering and proceeded to ask “very particular questions.” He was instructed once more to deal with his job, not any “deep dives” into labeled intelligence info.
Nonetheless, a 3rd memo from February says Teixeira was once more noticed viewing info “that was not associated to his major responsibility and was associated to the intelligence area.” Teixeira “had beforehand been notified to deal with his personal profession duties and to not hunt down intelligence merchandise,” the memo mentioned.
“The Defendant even continued to share info along with his on-line associates, defying these admonishments and taking additional efforts to hide his illegal conduct,” prosecutors wrote.
Attorneys for Teixeira, who was arrested final month on costs below the Espionage Act, are urging the decide to launch Teixeira to his father’s dwelling, noting that the person didn’t flee when media retailers started publishing his title shortly earlier than his April 13 arrest. His lawyer instructed the decide final month that Teixeira “will reply the costs” and “will likely be judged by his fellow residents.”
In their very own courtroom submitting Wednesday, Teixeira’s attorneys famous there have been many Espionage Act instances through which courts have authorized launch or the federal government didn’t search to maintain the individual behind bars pretrial. They’ve additionally mentioned there isn’t a allegation that Teixeira ever meant for paperwork to be distributed extensively.
However prosecutors mentioned of their submitting Wednesday that one of many servers on the social media platform he posted labeled info to had at the least 150 customers on the time the data was shared and “now could have many extra customers which can be actively in search of entry to info.”
“Among the many people with whom the Defendant shared authorities info are a variety of people who represented that they resided in different nations and who logged on to the social media platform utilizing overseas IP addresses,” prosecutors wrote.
In messages, Teixeira bragged concerning the scope of knowledge he had entry to, writing, “The data I give right here is lower than half of what’s out there,” prosecutors mentioned. He additionally acknowledged he wasn’t speculated to be sharing the data, prosecutors mentioned, writing in one other message, “The entire s—- I’ve instructed you guys I am not speculated to,” in response to the Justice Division’s submitting.
Justice of the Peace Choose David Hennessy heard arguments from attorneys over detention late final month, however has but to subject a ruling and scheduled a second listening to on the matter for Friday. In earlier courtroom data, prosecutors revealed that Teixeira stored an arsenal of weapons earlier than his arrest and has a historical past of violent and disturbing remarks.
The leaked paperwork seem to element U.S. and NATO support to Ukraine and U.S. intelligence assessments concerning U.S. allies that would pressure ties with these nations. Some present real-time particulars from February and March of Ukraine’s and Russia’s battlefield positions and exact numbers of battlefield gear misplaced and newly flowing into Ukraine from its allies.