Military Caught Alleged Pentagon Leaker Taking Notes On Classified Docs Multiple Times Before Arrest, Court Filing Says
This photo illustration created on April 13, 2023, shows the suspect, national guardsman Jack Teixeira, reflected in an image of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

The military reportedly caught Jack Teixeira, arrested last month for allegedly leaking hundreds of classified documents, accessing and taking notes on classified data multiple times before he was charged, according to a court filing.

The Department of Justice filed a motion Wednesday to deny Teixeira bail, arguing that the 21-year-old’s repeated disregard of protocol showed him to be a threat to national security who warranted strict detention. The filing showed that military officials warned Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, multiple times about inappropriately sifting around the Pentagon’s classified intelligence database, the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System, according to The New York Times.

According to a September 15, 2022, Air Force memo included in the DOJ’s filing, Teixeira “had been observed taking notes on classified intelligence information” inside a room for viewing classified material. The airman was warned “to no longer take notes in any form on classified intelligence information,” the memo said, according to The Washington Post.

Another Air Force memo written about a month later said that Teixeira “was potentially ignoring the cease-and-desist order” and noted that he was told again to avoid “any deep dives into classified intelligence information” and to “focus on his job.”

In January, a third memo notes that Teixeira was seen by another member of his unit “viewing content that was not related to his primary duty and was related to the intelligence field.” The memo went on to say that Teixeira “had been previously notified to focus on his own career duties and to not seek out intelligence products.”

Teixeira underwent training as recently as March to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information, according to the NYT. Prosecutors said that Teixeira repeatedly transgressed military officials and protocol despite being “well aware of his obligations.”

Throughout the time that Teixeira was repeatedly caught and warned against inappropriately accessing classified material, Teixeira kept his job with the Air National Guard as well as his security clearance, which allowed him to access some of the most sensitive information known to the U.S. government.

Two of Teixeira’s superiors have been placed on leave while an investigation into the leaks continues, an Air Force spokeswoman told the NYT.


Teixeira has been charged with two Espionage Act violations that carry a penalty of 10 years in prison each. Prosecutors say that Teixeira shared hundreds of classified documents and intelligence online to a group of people located all over the world.

The intelligence was first shared to a private Discord server before one of its members began posting classified intelligence more widely. Dozens of documents later circulated online, causing the most serious U.S. intelligence breach in at least a decade.

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