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    After Secret Documents Leak, Pentagon Plans Tighter Controls to Protect Classified Information

    After Secret Documents Leak, Pentagon Plans Tighter Controls to Protect Classified Information

    — The Pentagon on Wednesday announced plans to tighten protection for classified information following the explosive leaks of hundreds of intelligence documents that were accessed through security gaps at a Massachusetts National Guard .

    Airman 1st Class Jack Texeira, 21, is accused of leaking the highly classified documents in a chatroom on Discord, a social media platform that started as a hangout for gamers.

    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a memo released Wednesday, ordered all of the department's secured rooms where classified information is stored and accessed to be brought into compliance with intelligence community standards for oversight and tracking. The changes call for increased levels of physical security, additional controls to ensure documents aren't improperly removed, and the assignment of top-secret control officers to monitor users.

    Austin also said the sensitive compartmented information facilities, or SCIFs, must be monitored to prevent the use of electronic devices inside the rooms. That effort would include “appropriate electronic device detection systems and mitigation measures” inside the secure areas, according to the memo.

    According to authorities, Teixeira, who enlisted in the Air National Guard in 2019, began sharing military secrets first by typing out classified documents and later by removing classified documents from the base and taking them home to…

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