Dighton Man At Center of U.S. Military Leak Crisis
UPDATE: The FBI's Boston Division has released the following statement:
"Today, the FBI took 21-year-old Jack Douglas Teixeira into custody without incident at a resident in North Dighton, Massachusetts, for his alleged involvement in leaking classified U.S. government and military documents. The FBI is continuing to conduct authorized law enforcement activity at the residence. Since late last week the FBI has aggressively pursued investigative leads, and today’s arrest exemplifies our continued commitment to identifying, pursuing, and holding accountable those who betray our country’s trust and put our national security at risk."
DIGHTON — A Dighton man working in intelligence for the Massachusetts Air National Guard and based on Cape Cod is the suspect accused of leaking classified military documents, according to the New York Times.
Multiple outlets report that 21-year-old Jack Teixeira of North Dighton is the person suspected of uploading highly sensitive U.S. military documents online.
The documents — which revealed secrets about the U.S. government spying on allies and enemies, along with military strategy and information on the war in Ukraine, among other taboo topics — were reportedly photographed and uploaded to a Discord server last month.
Teixeira was arrested Thursday afternoon.
The New York Times identified him as the suspect earlier Thursday, noting that he leads an online gaming chat group called "Thug Shaker Central" where the photos first appeared.
He is an Airman 1st Class with the 102nd Intelligence Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, according to their Facebook.
Multiple outlets report that the document leak may compromise U.S. national security.
No further details are currently available, although a large police presence has been reported in Dighton.