A JUDGE has granted the government’s motion to keep accused Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira detained as he awaits trial.
The ruling was made in favor of the prosecution at a court hearing on Friday after Judge David Hennessy said Teixeira, an Air National Guardsman in Massachusetts, was a “severe risk” to obstruct justice.
Judge Hennessy said there was “a profound breach of the defendant’s word that he would protect information related to the security of the United States” after allegedly releasing Pentagon documents in an online chat.
“Who did he put at risk? I mean, you could make a list as long as a phone book,” Hennessy added.
Teixeira, 21, will be held without bail.
Friday’s ruling comes after the prosecution revealed at a court hearing last month that Teixeira had been caught by military superiors in the past for taking notes on classified documents.
Hennessy explained that Teixeira was confronted on two separate occasions about doing so prior to his April 13 arrest.
The 21-year-old has been in jail since that time on charges of unauthorized retention and transmission of classified national defense information under the Espionage Act.
He was accused of using his military clearance to search about the mass shootings in Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, and Uvalde.
Teixeira then allegedly shared the classified information with a group on Discord of about 20 to 30 young men.
State prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini argued during last month’s hearing that the 21-year-old “liked being the gatekeeper, the giver of information.”
The prosecutor added that Teixeira allegedly “became a one-stop shop for people who wanted access to that which they shouldn’t.”
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