Judge delays detention hearing of suspect in Pentagon document leak

A federal judge granted a two-week delay in the detention hearing for Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira, suspected of leaking classified documents.

The federal judge granted a delay of two weeks in the hearing on detention for the Air National Guardsman accused of leaking classified information, after his lawyers requested more time ” ” to ” address the issues raised by the government’s request for detention.”

The prosecution agreed to grant this motion. Magistrate David Hennessy, of the U.S. District Court for Boston, then approved it.


Jack Teixeira is taken into custody by armed tactical agents on April 13, 2023, in Dighton, Mass.


WCVB-TV via AP

Jack Teixeira (21), the suspect, appeared briefly in court, waiving his right to an initial hearing. The proceedings lasted only a few moments.

Teixeira was wearing an orange prison uniform and had his hands handcuffed before him. A marshal then removed them. He glanced at the entire gallery briefly before sitting down to consult with his lawyer.

When asked by the judge whether he had signed a waiver, Teixeira replied, “Yes, your honor,” leaning into the microphone.

Teixeira was detained in the last week as part of the investigation into classified files that were leaked online.

Jack Teixeira. via Facebook

The charges against him were possession of classified documents related to national security, and possession of national defense material. The maximum sentence for the charges is 10 years in prison.

Teixeira did not have to enter a guilty plea at his initial court appearance, last week. A federal public defender listed as Teixeira’s lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.

Teixeira is an airman of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He used Discord – an online chat platform originally used by video game enthusiasts – to share leaked information with a small group of friends online. He also took pictures of documents he might have smuggled from a secure facility.

NBC News received more than 50 documents that were leaked. Many of them were classified as “Top Secret”, the highest classification. The documents reveal U.S. spying activities on Russia’s war machines in Ukraine, secret assessments of Ukraine’s combat strength, and intelligence about America’s friends, such as South Korea and Israel.

Air Force officials announced Tuesday that Texeira’s hearing was postponed because the 102nd Intelligence Wing of the Air Force, to which Texeira belonged, had been instructed to cease its intelligence mission while the inspector general conducted an investigation.

Ken Dilanian contributed.

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