How Pentagon leak suspect’s violent words escaped notice

Posted on AllSides May 5th, 2023
From The Center
Defense and Security, Classified Information, Defense Department, Leaks
Justice Department/AP

There are 2.8 million people with U.S. security clearances. Some of them exhibit online behavior that should disqualify them from access to secrets – and intelligence agencies are studying better ways of identifying those people.

In March 2018, a high school junior in North Dighton, Massachusetts, was suspended after a classmate allegedly heard him discussing guns, Molotov cocktails, and racist threats. 

To those who knew him online, this wouldn’t have been a surprise. The student – Jack Teixeira – was a gun-loving, edgy teenage gamer. The servers he frequented in the years...

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