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    Guardsman Jack Teixeira, Pentagon Leak Suspect, to Remain Jailed as He Awaits Trial

    Guardsman Jack Teixeira, Pentagon Leak Suspect, to Remain Jailed as He Awaits Trial

    A Massachusetts National Guard member charged with leaking highly classified documents will remain behind bars while he awaits trial, a federal magistrate judge ruled Friday.

    The ruling comes after prosecutors revealed that 21-year-old Jack Teixeira had a history of violent rhetoric, and was caught by superiors months before his arrest taking notes on classified information or viewing intelligence not related to his job.

    In ordering Teixeira to remain locked up, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy cited his “fascination with guns,” disturbing online statements and prior admonitions by superiors about his handling of sensitive information. He said the criminal case represented “a profound breach of the defendant's word that he would protect information related to the security of the United States.”

    “Who did he put at risk? I mean, you could make a list as long as a phone book,” Hennessy said, including military personnel, medical workers overseas and Ukrainian citizens.

    The judge also indicated that he found persuasive prosecutors' arguments that U.S. adversaries who might be interested in mining Teixeira for information could facilitate his escape.

    “It doesn't seem implausible at all that a foreign government would make an overture to this defendant to get information,” Hennessy said.

    Teixeira has been behind bars since his April 13 arrest on charges, under the Espionage Act, of…

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