Photo edit of Jack Douglas Teixeira. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo edit of Jack Douglas Teixeira. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

Massachusetts Air National Guard Member Arrested For Leaking Classified Documents

April 13th, 2023, the FBI arrested Jack Douglas Teixeira, a 21-year-old member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, for allegedly leaking classified documents from the U.S. government and military. The leaked documents contained a range of national security secrets, including intelligence assessments of allies and adversaries, and details of the extent of U.S. surveillance on Russia.

Teixeira was a trained cyber transport systems specialist who was responsible for maintaining his unit’s communication networks. He was assigned to the 102nd Intelligence Wing at Otis Air National Guard Base, which is part of Joint Base Cape Cod, according to an Air Force spokeswoman.

The arrest of Teixeira has raised concerns about why someone with his rank and level of experience had access to such sensitive information. It also raises questions about why adequate safeguards were not put in place after earlier leaks, and why a young man would risk his freedom to share intelligence about the war in Ukraine with a group of friends he knew from a video game social media site. Bellingcat, an Open Source Intelligence organization funded by U.S. and British intelligence, played a role in identifying the site where the documents were posted and the name of the leaker.

Officials revealed that the FBI had been tracking Teixeira for several days, using its own investigative clues as well as information that had been reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post about the Discord group where he had shared the documents. While a motive in the case remains unclear, people who knew him online have stated that Teixeira was not a “whistleblower.”

FBI’s Investigation And Arrest Of Jack Teixeira

The FBI had been tracking Teixeira for several days before his arrest. The investigation began after U.S. officials discovered classified documents on a social media platform that is popular with video gamers. According to CNN, investigators were able to quickly narrow the search to potential members of the chat group with evidence collected in the days immediately following the discovery of the classified documents online. Teixeira was taken into custody without incident and will be arraigned in federal court in North Dighton, Massachusetts.

Teixeira’s Charges And Potential Consequences

Teixeira is being charged with leaking classified documents in violation of the Espionage Act, which is used to prosecute the mishandling and theft of sensitive intelligence. The potential consequences for his actions include up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The arrest has raised questions about why a junior enlisted airman had access to such sensitive information and why adequate safeguards had not been put in place after earlier leaks. The damage from the leak is still being assessed, but it is potentially damaging to all parties in the Ukraine war, as well as future intelligence collection.

FBI’s History Of Cracking Down On Leaks

The FBI has aggressively pursued investigative leads and is committed to identifying, pursuing, and holding accountable those who betray the country’s trust and put national security at risk. According to the FBI’s statement, the arrest exemplifies their continued commitment to this goal.

Thug Shaker Central Chat Group is the Platform Used by Airman Teixeira to Share Sensitive Intelligence

Teixeira used the Discord chat group “Thug Shaker Central” to upload hundreds of pages of intelligence briefings several months ago. The group also discussed guns and military equipment, as well as the original subject of their group, video games. According to officials, the FBI had been zeroing in on Airman Teixeira for several days, tracking its own investigative clues as well as some of the same information that The New York Times and The Washington Post had developed about the Discord group where he had shared the documents.


  1. How about the death penalty instead of coddling these traitors and paying for their sex changes. Start making an example of these traitors. While we’re at it, let’s start with Pedo Joe at the top. He is the head TRAITOR!

  2. One thing is for certain, this Kid made a laughingstock out of the various Govt Agencies. Security sux. Now we know how Senator Joe was able to walk out with Top Secret Papers from a “Secured ‘Viewing Only’ Room.” I think this Kid was set up to be a ‘Pattsy’. But, now we all know the Govt has misled US on the situation in Ukraine. Ukraine has just become a means to launder dirty money.

  3. Amazing it took them about two days to find the leaker, but they still haven’t found the SCOTUS leaker. Yep, amazing.

  4. GENERAL COURT MARSHAL, Bust from (what ever) pay gr he is at. And Sentence to DEATH FOR CAPITAL TREASON! Carried out within 30 DAYS! Firing Squad! 21 gun Salute at his head!

  5. If this young man is arrested and tried, then so should be Hillary Clinton, for doing th the same thing as SOS.

  6. Read online where to get Security Clearance one has to be Staff Sgt level NOT E3
    & they have protocols on documents
    Red Flag event
    Rigged game
    Feel for airman being “used”.

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