Arrest of classified documents leak suspect Jack Teixeira met with outrage: ‘Incompetence is stunning’

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Arrest of classified documents leak suspect Jack Teixeira met with outrage: ‘Incompetence is stunning’

Jack Teixeira had the highest-level security clearance granted by the federal government for top secret information

Maria Lencki

By Maria Lencki | Fox News


Marc Thiessen on classified docs leak: The incompetence is ‘stunning’

‘The Bottom Line’ host Sean Duffy and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen react to a 21-year-old’s arrest in the classified documents leak probe on ‘The Story.’

The arrest of a 21-year-old Air National Guardsman in connection to classified documents that have been leaked online in recent months has been met with outrage as critics wonder how a young man could have such high-level access to national security information.

FBI agents arrested Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Douglas Teixeira on Thursday after U.S. intelligence documents that had critical information about the war in Ukraine and Chinese relations were posted on the chat app Discord. Attorney General Merrick Garland said that Teixeira is being investigated for the “alleged unauthorized removal, retention, and transmission of classified national defense information.” 

“It is treason,” Marc Thiessen, the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, told “The Story” on Thursday, “the idea that a 21-year-old kid can expose sources and methods of how we spy, how we have penetrated the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, because apparently we’ve exposed the fact we know they have a new hypersonic missile that can reach the United States, that they exposed our penetration of the Russian Defense Ministry, that could affect the war in Ukraine. I mean, the incompetence is stunning.”

“And it wasn’t, unlike Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, it wasn’t ideological,” he continued. “It was some kid trying to show off to his friends in a gaming chat room and has literally affected global national security by doing so. How this happens is just beyond me.” 


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