Pentagon Leaker Teixeira Expected to Plead Guilty

    Pentagon Leaker Teixeira Expected to Plead Guilty
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    The Facts

    • Jack Teixeira, the Massachusetts Air National Guardsman accused of leaking classified documents online, is expected to plead guilty to unspecified charges.

    • On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Boston filed a motion for a change of plea hearing to take place next week. Last year, Teixeira had pleaded not guilty to six counts of willful retention and transmission of national defense information.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Teixeira is a dangerous criminal who violated his oath and betrayed the US government by leaking classified and extremely sensitive national security information on social media. He is a traitor and an obvious threat to national security, and should be treated as such by prosecutors.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    While Teixeira is obviously to blame for the leak, much of the harm could have been mitigated if his superiors had reported his misuse of classified information and worrying behavior sooner. This is another example of systemic problems plaguing the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

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