Federal Case Expected to See Pentagon Leak Suspect Entering a Guilty Plea

According to court documents released on Thursday, Jack Teixeira, the member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard who is accused of disclosing highly sensitive military documents on a social media platform, is anticipated to enter a guilty plea in his federal case. A change of plea hearing was requested by the prosecution from the judge, but no further information was made public right away. The hearing was slated by the judge for Monday at the federal courthouse in Boston. Prior to this, Teixeira had entered a not guilty plea to six counts of intentionally retaining and transmitting material related to national defense. The maximum sentence for each count is ten years in jail.


The U.S. attorney’s office for Massachusetts declined to comment further. Teixeira’s lawyer did not answer a call on Thursday right away. Teixeira, a resident of North Dighton, Massachusetts, was arrested in April for leaking information that caused the Biden administration to rush to assess the harm to the worldwide community, limit it, and convince friends that the United States was safeguarding their secrets.


Discord is a popular social media network among online gamers. He was suspected of releasing confidential military documents concerning Russia’s war in Ukraine and other sensitive national security matters over the platform. Investigators have determined that he was the leader of a private chat room known as Thug Shaker Central, where members exchanged jokes, discussed their favorite kinds of weapons, and chatted about wars—including the one in which Russia invaded Ukraine.

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