A 21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guard member, Jack Teixeira, has been arrested on suspicion of leaking classified defense and intelligence documents. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the arrest earlier today. Teixeira, a member of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, was taken into custody without incident.
The leaked documents reportedly revealed sensitive information about U.S. surveillance activities, including communications between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his top military official, South Korea’s apprehensions about sending ammunition to Ukraine, and Israel’s intelligence agency advocating for protests against controversial judicial reforms.
While some of the documents may have been altered, others matched those distributed to military planners. This incident has been compared to previous intelligence breaches, such as those involving Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. In response, military leaders have been reaching out to allies in an effort to minimize the fallout.