Dighton Man At Center of U.S. Military Leak Crisis
DIGHTON — A Dighton man working in intelligence for the Massachusetts Air National Guard and based on Cape Cod is the suspect accused of leaking classified military documents, according to the New York Times.
Multiple outlets report that 21-year-old Jack Teixeira of North Dighton is the person suspected of uploading hundreds of highly sensitive U.S. military documents online.
The documents — which revealed secrets about the U.S. government spying on allies and enemies, along with military strategy and information on the war in Ukraine, among other taboo topics — were reportedly photographed and uploaded to a Discord server last month.
Teixeira is reportedly being arrested as of Thursday afternoon.
The New York Times identified him as the suspect earlier Thursday, noting that he leads an online gaming chat group called "Thug Shaker Central" where the photos first appeared.
He is an Airman 1st Class with the 102nd Intelligence Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, according to their Facebook.
Multiple outlets report that the document leak may compromise U.S. national security.
No further details are currently available, although a large police presence has been reported in Dighton.