An airman suspected of leaking a trove of secret Pentagon intelligence files stored guns in a bedroom gun cabinet and sent chilling messages about mass shootings, according to court documents.
Jack Teixeira, 21, is scheduled to appear in court today for a detention hearing.
Earlier this month he was charged with unauthorized removal and retention of classified national security information.
Prosecutors believe he should remain in detention pending his trial.
Bombshell court documents viewed by The US Sun have claimed that one of Teixeira’s high school classmates was overheard making comments about guns.
Teixeira reportedly kept a gun safe two feet from his bed in the home he shared with his mother and stepfather in Massachusetts.
Handguns, a gas mask and bolt action rifles were found inside.
The walls of the room were decorated with camouflage patterns and paper target targets were riddled with bullet holes.
One of the followers on Teixeira’s billboards came from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Bellingcat journalist Eliot Higgins.
FBI agents combed the property and found ammo pouches on his dresser and a military-style helmet in a dumpster.
Teixeira is also believed to have made chilling remarks on social media about mass shootings.
In November 2022, Teixeira reportedly said that if he had his way he would “kill a lot of people” as it would “root out the weak”.
In February 2023, Teixeira reportedly told a social media user that he wanted to turn a minivan into a “murder vehicle.”
He is also accused of asking others for advice on what weapons to use.
The documents claimed Teixeira described SUVs as “mobile gun trucks.”
LOOKING FOR CHILLING
The court documents also allege that Teixeira used his government computer to search for terms such as “Uvalde,” “Ruby Ridge,” “Las Vegas shooting,” and “Mandalay Bay shooting.”
Investigators learned that Teixeira attempted to destroy a laptop, tablet and Xbox game console before being arrested.
He is said to have informed colleagues that he had a new telephone and e-mail address.
Teixeira reportedly told another colleague that his phone was hit by an articulated lorry after it was thrown out the window, according to the documents.
The court documents say Teixeira “exposed himself to additional legal threats.”
Prosecutors allege he deleted the social media server where he posted the sensitive information and encouraged others to delete evidence.
They allege: “The defendant has already tampered with witnesses and attempted to destroy incriminating evidence.”
Prosecutors also believe Teixeira poses a “continued risk” to American national security and the public.
Officials don’t know if he will leak additional footage.
Teixeira’s former classmates said he was obsessed with the military from a young age.
John Powell told The Boston Globe, “I remember from a young age he had a book on, I think, US military aircraft and weapons, like a big proper textbook.”
The court documents claimed that Teixeira had applied for a gun license three times.
His 2018 and 2019 applications were denied, but in 2020 he said his position in the US government was the reason he could be “trusted” with a gun.
Teixeira, who was last stationed at Otis Air National Guard Base as a member of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, had top security clearance because of his training and experience, according to court documents.
Federal officials said Teixeira had begun sharing classified documents with his private Discord gaming group called Thug Shaker Central, made up of around 20 to 30 teenagers and young men.
The group became a “close-knit family” after the world went on lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic and bonded by their “mutual love of guns, military equipment and God,” members of the Washington Post said.
Teixeira is accused of sharing snaps of top-secret national security documents with his friends for several months.back to December 2022.
He first shared typed text before sending pictures of actual Pentagon papers because he was “concerned that he might be discovered making transcripts of text at work,” according to a affidavit.
The top-secret documents came to light in early April after they were reported by the New York Times and a Russianspout
Teixeira used his government computer to search for the words “leak” and “classified intelligence reporting” on April 6, the day news about the documents was released, according to court filings.
The Washington Post said it reviewed about 300 photos of classified documentsallegedly leaked.
The security breach revealed details of US and NATO plans to help Ukraine prepare for a spring offensive against Russia.
Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder called the leak a “premeditated criminal act.”
Teixeira has remained in prison since his arrest earlier this month.
If convicted, he faces more than 25 years in prison.