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    ‘Will Never Happen Again’: National Guard Chief Assures Lawmakers After Top Secret Docs Leaked

    ‘Will Never Happen Again': National Guard Chief Assures Lawmakers After Top Secret Docs Leaked

    The general who oversees the National Guard vowed Thursday that another leak like the recent massive intelligence breach allegedly carried out by Massachusetts Guardsman Jack Teixeira will never happen again.

    “I'm very confident this will never happen again based on what we have found,” National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson said at a Senate hearing Thursday. “This one individual was an individual action and not indicative of the entire system. But we are looking at safeguards that we can put in place that would prevent any individual in the future from ever being able to do this.”

    Hokanson's comments to the Senate Appropriations Committee come weeks after court filings revealed that the alleged leaker's superiors repeatedly warned him about mishandling classified information before he was arrested in April, but still allowed him access to those documents.

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    Pressed on those revelations, Hokanson said he found them “extremely concerning” and suggested a criminal investigation into the leak is also examining the accused airman's chain of command.

    “I know it's not specifically the [inspector general] investigation that's looking at, but also the investigation is looking at that, to determine if there was negligence within the airman's chain of command,” Hokanson said, adding that if the investigations find negligence, “it will be…

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