Jack Teixeira admits to releasing hundreds of confidential U.S. documents.

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Jack Teixeira, a former member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, has pleaded guilty to leaking classified military documents on a social media platform, marking one of the most significant U.S. national security breaches in recent years.

Teixeira, who has been in custody since his arrest in April, made the admission during a hearing in federal court in Boston as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of over 16 years in prison for the 22-year-old.

He confessed to six counts of retaining and transmitting classified information related to national defense during an incident last year where he leaked a trove of classified records to a group of gamers on Discord.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Teixeira will not face further charges under the Espionage Act or other crimes. The proposed sentencing includes a recommendation of 16 years and eight months in prison, with a minimum of 11 years behind bars. He could have faced up to 60 years in total for all counts.

Sentencing is set for September 27 before U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani.

Prior to his arrest, Teixeira served as an airman 1st class at Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts, specializing in cyber defense operations. Although he held a top-secret security clearance, he was found to have accessed classified documents starting in January 2022, including information on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Despite warnings from superiors in September and October 2022 about his handling of classified information, Teixeira continued his actions. He shared classified data on Discord servers, boasting about his access to sensitive materials on various countries.

The leaked documents contained highly classified details on allies and adversaries, covering topics from Ukraine’s air defenses to Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

In response to the leak, the U.S. Air Force took disciplinary action against 15 personnel and removed Col. Sean Riley from command. An investigation revealed that Teixeira’s unit and leadership were aware of multiple instances of his misconduct but failed to report it fully.

Following the incident, the Air Force initiated reforms to strengthen procedures related to handling classified information.

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