Pentagon leak suspect Jack Teixeira remains in jail before trial after guardsman was convicted of ‘endangering US’
A JUDGE has granted the government’s request to keep accused Pentagon tad Jack Teixeira jailed while he awaits trial.
The ruling came in favor of the charges at a court hearing on Friday, after a judge said Teixeira, a former Air National Guardsman, posed a “serious risk” of obstructing justice and had an “unhealthy fixation” on firearms.
Judge David Hennessy said there was “a material breach of the defendant’s promise that he would protect information related to the security of the court.” United States”after allegedly leaking confidential Pentagon documents to a Discord gaming group.
“Who did he endanger? I mean, you could make a list as long as a phone book,” Hennessy added.
The judge also raised concerns about the 21-year-old’s “unhealthy fixation” on guns based on Teixeira’s writings – factors he said he could not ignore.
“Given the publicity of this case, foreign governments know that the defendant has been disloyal to the United States and faces a lengthy prison sentence,” the judge said.
“None of this is speculative or exaggerated.”
Teixeira is being held without bail as his case progresses.
Friday’s verdict comes after the charges at a were announced Court Last month he heard that Teixeira had been caught by military superiors in the past for making notes on classified documents.
Hennessy explained that Teixeira was confronted with it twice before his arrest on April 13.
Since then, the 21-year-old has been in prison on charges of storing and transmitting secret national defense information without authorization under the Espionage Act.
He was accused of using his military clearance to search for the mass shootings in Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay and Uvalde.
Teixeira then allegedly shared the secret information with a group on Discord of around 20 to 30 young men.
Prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini argued during last month’s hearing that the 21-year-old “enjoyed being the janitor who was the informer.”
The prosecutor added that Teixeira had allegedly “become a one-stop shop for people who wanted access to what they weren’t supposed to”.
“ARSENAL” OF WEAPONS
bomb court documentsseen by The US Sun, claim one of Teixeira’s high school classmates overheard him making comments about guns.
Teixeira, a former Air National Guardsman, kept a gun safe a few feet from his bed in the home he shared with his mother and stepfather in North Dighton, Massachusetts, court documents said.
Handguns, a gas mask and bolt-action rifles were found inside.
The walls of the room were decorated with a camouflage print and the paper targets were riddled with bullet holes.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, one of the followers on the billboards was from Teixeira Bellingcat journalist Eliot Higgins.
FBI agents searched 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 the mass shooting.
In November 2022, Teixeira was accused of saying that if he had his way he would “kill a lot of people” because that would mean “culling out the weak”.
In February, Teixeira told one social media According to court documents, the user said he wanted to turn a minivan into an “assassination vehicle.”
He is also accused of asking others for advice on the weapons he should use, and he has referred to SUVs as “mobile gun trucks”.
Investigators learned that Teixeira attempted to destroy a laptop, tablet and Xbox video game console prior to his arrest.
The FBI arrested the 21-year-old on April 13 at his parents’ property.
Helicopter footage showed Teixeira – in red shorts and with his hands behind his back – being placed in an unmarked sport utility vehicle by heavily armed agents in a wooded area.