A 21-year-old Air National Guard member named Jack Douglas Teixeira was taken into custody by the FBI on Thursday in connection with the embarrassing online disclosures of secret secrets involving the United States and its allies.
In gym shorts, a T-shirt, and trainers, federal officials in an armored car and military gear swooped in on Teixeira at his home in Dighton, Massachusetts, a primarily wooded hamlet of 8,000 people located approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of Boston.
A week after the leaks initially became well-known and Washington was on edge about the potential harm they could do, the arrest happened. The incident embarrassed the United States by exposing its surveillance on allies and alleged military weaknesses in Ukraine.
Since more than 700,000 documents, videos, and diplomatic cables appeared on the WikiLeaks website in 2010, the leak of documents, which was primarily disseminated on social media networks, was seen to be the most serious security breach.
According to his service record, Teixeira was an airman first class at Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts. As a “Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman,” or an IT professional, he joined the Air National Guard in 2019.
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Teixeira was sought for, according to Attorney General Merrick Garland, “in connection with an investigation into alleged unauthorized removal, retention, and transmission of classified national defense information.”
According to the FBI, its officers carried out “authorized law enforcement activity at a residence in North Dighton, Massachusetts.”
One officer was watching from the turret as Teixeira walked backward toward the armored car with his hands tied behind his back. He was restrained with handcuffs and driven off in the back. Garland reported that the arrest was “without incident.”
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