House Republicans Say U.S. Crossed The Line

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( – On Sunday, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) stated that the U.S. has been allowing access to classified information widely following the 9/11 attacks and that things need to be revisited following the recent leak of dozens of classified documents which ended up on various social media websites online.

During an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Turner noted that “From the 9/11 Commission, we learned that we needed to more widely disseminate classified information so that people had actionable intelligence that they could piece together puzzles,” but that clearly that process had now “gone too far” as there could be “someone in Massachusetts” looking at information relating to the war in Ukraine.

This reference was directly related to Jack Teixeira, the 21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman who was arrested on Thursday and charged a day later under the Espionage Act for leaking information on Discord. The information Teixeira had shared included NATO intelligence and other information relating to the war in Ukraine, including training information, death toll, munition information, and information about the country’s air defense system.

Turner, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, stated that there was no reason for Teixeira to have access to the information he had access to from his position in the Air National Guard. He added that someone should have been paying attention so that there could be an end to that kind of access. He further noted that Teixeira had no need to be accessing the information that he was accessing.

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