FIRST ON FOX: The Senate Intelligence Committee is demanding the Pentagon hand over copies of all the classified documents leaked by Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira.
The 21-year-old serviceman was accused by the Department of Defense of leaking “sensitive and highly-classified material” into a chat on the encrypted communications platform Discord. It then made its way onto other social media platforms. He was charged on Friday.
In a letter addressed to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., and ranking member Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the leak prompted concerns about “serious deficiencies” in the government’s security protocols.
“According to public reporting, A1C Teixeira began sharing classified information and classified documents within a social media platform as early as December 2022—nearly four months before the government’s discovery,” the letter, obtained by Fox News Digital, read. “These disclosures indicate serious deficiencies in the government’s insider threat and security vetting protocols.”
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Despite the documents’ reported presence online much earlier, the leak was confirmed by the government just this month.
Presenting a detailed list of questions, Warner and Rubio pressed the Defense officials to explain the delay in the Pentagon’s “identification of the unauthorized disclosures” and for more information on the Air National Guard’s vetting process and the extent to which the suspect went through it.
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The senators also called for “a full accounting of any classified information” Teixeira leaked as well as “copies of all classified documents or other classified information displayed on the Discord server.”
They’re seeking details on what agencies were affected, what they are doing to mitigate the massive leak, and what their plans are to “appropriately restrict access to intelligence derived from sensitive sources and methods to those individuals with a strict and enduring need-to-know.”
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And regarding Teixeira himself, Warner and Rubio want to know whether the 21-year-old’s access to classified information was in line with what was necessary for him to perform his duties as an Air National Guardsman and whether he “had any associations with groups or individuals involved in the unauthorized disclosure that were disclosed as part of his vetting process or should have been disclosed.”
“Particularly given the public nature of the unauthorized disclosures and detailed media reporting on the content of the intelligence, we request that you keep us fully and currently informed on this matter,” Warner and Rubio wrote.
The Biden administration is holding an all-senators briefing on the Pentagon leak this afternoon.
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