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MA Guardsman Accused Of Leak Mentioned 'Violence and Murder'

Jack Teixeira, the Massachusetts Air National guardsman accused of leaking highly classified military documents kept an arsenal of weapons, talked of “violence and murder” on a social media platform and an “assassination van,” prosecutors wrote ahead of Thursday’s hearing for Teixeira, The court filings raise new questions about why Teixeira, 21, had such a high security clearance and access to some of the nation’s most classified secrets. They said he may still have material that hasn’t been released, the Associated Press reports. The Air Force announced it suspended the commander of the 102nd Intelligence Support Squadron where Teixeira worked and the commander “overseeing the support for the unit mobilized under federal orders." It also temporarily removed each leader’s access to classified systems and information.


Court papers urging a federal judge to keep Teixeira in custody detailed a troubling history going back to high school, where he was suspended when a classmate overheard him discussing Molotov cocktails and other weapons and racial threats. He remains a grave threat to national security and a flight risk, prosecutors wrote. Investigators are still trying to determine whether he kept any physical or digital copies of classified information, including files that haven’t already surfaced publicly. “There simply is no condition or combination of conditions that can ensure the Defendant will not further disclose additional information still in his knowledge or possession,” prosecutors wrote. “The damage the Defendant has already caused to the U.S. national security is immense. The damage the Defendant is still capable of causing is extraordinary.” Teixeira has been in jail since his arrest on charges stemming from the highest-profile intelligence leak in years. Prosecutors said Teixeira’s attorneys have indicated they will seek his release to his father’s home.

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