Criminal Law

Jack Teixeira Pleads Guilty to Leaking Hundreds of Highly Classified Military Documents

Jack Teixeira pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston Monday to leaking highly classified military documents about Russia’s war in Ukraine and other national security secrets. He now faces 11 to more than 16 years in prison at his sentencing in the fall.

The former member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard pleaded guilty to six counts of willful retention and transmission of national defense information under the Espionage Act. The Department of Justice indicted him on all six of those charges last year. Teixeira’s plea came nearly a year after he was arrested at his home in Dighton in the most consequential national security leak in years.

“For those of us who have spent our careers seeing firsthand the sacrifice and dedication of our intelligence community and our national security professionals and their efforts to keep the American people safe, it has been shocking, shocking to witness the public disclosures that resulted from Mr. Teixeira’s crimes,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen said at a Monday press conference.

Read the source article at CBS News

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