NYT ‘outs’ alleged Pentagon leaker (www.rt.com)

NYT ‘outs’ alleged Pentagon leaker

The US militarys classified briefings on Ukraine and other places were allegedly obtained by a young member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, but were shared beyond a closed online group by an unnamed teenager, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The outlet named the alleged leaker as Jack Teixeira, a 21yearold member of the 102nd Intelligence Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. This was a result of a search through social media posts and military records, as well as conversations with teenage members of the group Thug Shaker Central on Discord, a messaging platform popular with video gamers.

The group was described as a place 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.

Neither of the four group members the Times reporters spoke with would name the man they only called the OG but the outlet claims to have identified him by a trail of digital evidence.

The Times also tracked down Teixeiras home in Massachusetts and spoke with his mother.

The topbilled name was Aric Toler, an employee of Bellingcat.

The controversial open source intelligence outfit arose during the Syrian conflict to push proWestern narratives, has received funding from multiple Western governments, and was caught last summer working with the Ukrainian government on a fighter jet heist.

The documents that made their way to the public showed internal intelligence assessments of the situation in Ukraine.

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The existence of the group and the OG character was reported by the Washington Post earlier in the day.

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