Jack Teixeira — On Thursday, the FBI captured Jack Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
According to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Teixeira is related to the disclosed private data that has been making the rounds online.
The arrest of Jack Teixeira comes after a quick investigation by US officials into the identity of the person who exposed personal information to Discord, a popular social networking site for video game players.
According to Garland, Teixeira was caught without incident in Massachusetts.
In addition, he will face accusations in federal court in that city.
“The investigation is ongoing,” said Garland. “We will share information at the appropriate time.”
Jack Teixeira will appear in court in Boston on Friday, according to the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, the FBI announced Teixeira’s arrest at his home in North Dighton, Massachusetts, for his participation in the leak of sensitive US government and military material.
“The FBI is continuing to conduct authorized law enforcement activity at the residence,” said the agency.
“Since late last week, the FBI has aggressively pursued investigative leads, and today’s arrest exemplifies our continued commitment to identifying, pursuing, and holding accountable those who betray our country’s trust and put our national security at risk.”
The leaked material, which included detailed intelligence assessments of allies and foes, was extensively disseminated on social media.
Some of the documents also exposed the realities of the Ukraine war and the roadblocks that brought Kyiv and Moscow to a halt.
Search for the suspect
Several US intelligence agencies think Jack Teixeira is the leader of a group that is disseminating classified information over social media.
Thousands of people with access to the news began seeking for the perpetrator.
However, using information gained in the days following the discovery of the sensitive material by US authorities, investigators quickly narrowed the search to possible chat group members.
Despite the fact that the documents were accessed by several people, the forensic trail left by the leaker allowed police to narrow down the possibilities.
According to a US government source familiar with the case, Jack Teixeira had been under FBI monitoring for many days prior to his arrest on Thursday.
Early Thursday, President Biden appeared to imply that the government was close to apprehending the leaker.
According to a US source, Biden found out about his detention between his speech to parliament and his departure for a gala banquet at Dublin Castle.
Biden stayed at the hotel for over 90 minutes between the two events.
According to the officials, the US president was briefed on the inquiry and his senior staff’s efforts to connect with allies listed in or affected by the content of the stolen papers.
According to another source, the issue has persisted during Biden’s deeply personal and important overseas trip.
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Details on the leaker
Following his imprisonment, Airman 1st Class Jack Teixeira’s service information were disclosed by the Air Force.
Teixeira is an Air National Guard soldier from Massachusetts.
In September 2019, he began his official Cyber Transport Systems journeyman post.
Employees of Cyber Transport Systems, according to the Air Force, ensure the effective operation of the service’s global communications network.
The leaker, according to the Washington Post, worked on a military website and shared crucial national secrets with an internet network of friends.
A buddy of the leaker characterized him as a lonely young man and gun enthusiast who joined a Discord group with over two dozen other people who shared a love of weapons and military gear.
Several of Jack Teixeira’s former high school classmates were interested in the military, firearms, and violence.
Teixeira would occasionally sneak into school with a hefty book about firearms, behaving in ways that made other students uncomfortable.
“A lot of people were wary of him,” said Brooke Cleathero, a middle school and high school classmate.
Another classmate, John Powell, recalls Teixeira as a pleasant and quiet young man who was occasionally made fun of.
“He didn’t have many friends,” said Powell.
According to public records, Jack Teixeira grew up in the Providence suburbs.
He graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth High School in 2020.
Powell remembers Teixeira occasionally pulling a military vehicle textbook.
“He was dead set on joining some branch of the military, even as a kid,” said Powell.
Other students who requested anonymity stated Jack Teixeira created a scary environment and made disparaging remarks about others.
Following the horrific massacre in Las Vegas in 2017, one student claimed to have arrived at school wearing AR-15-themed clothing.
While Teixeira’s actions did not need reporting, they did raise concerns among many others.
Meanwhile, another student mistook his military interest with American nationalism, which astonished her when the claims became public.
“I didn’t think he would be capable of doing something like this,” she said.
On Thursday, Biden expressed alarm about the leaks but was unconcerned about the content.
“I’m not concerned about the leak,” said the US president.
“I’m concerned that it happened, but there’s nothing contemporaneous that I’m aware of that is of any consequence.”