Feds Target Air National Guardsman In Pentagon Leak

The New York Times reports:

The leader of a small online gaming chat group where a trove of classified U.S. intelligence documents leaked over the last few months is a 21-year-old member of the intelligence wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The national guardsman, whose name is Jack Teixeira, oversaw a private online group named Thug Shaker Central, where about 20 to 30 people, mostly young men and teenagers, came together over a shared love of guns, racist online memes and video games.

Two U.S. officials confirmed that investigators want to talk to Airman Teixeira about the leak of the government documents to the private online group. One official said Airman Teixeira might have information relevant to the investigation.

Read the full article. Earlier today the Washington Post reported that the leaker, who may or may not be Teixeira, can be seen on video at a shooting range, where he spewed racist and anti-Semitic slurs before firing at a target. In the above-linked report, a member of the chat group defends the leaker as an “anti-war Christian.”