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    Citing Trump Case, Pentagon Leak Suspect Teixeira Urges Judge to Release Him While He Awaits Trial

    Citing Trump Case, Pentagon Leak Suspect Teixeira Urges Judge to Release Him While He Awaits Trial

    — The Massachusetts National Guard member accused of leaking secret papers challenged a judge's decision that he remain behind bars, pointing Monday to the pretrial release of former President Donald Trump and others charged in high-profile classified documents cases.

    A magistrate judge who ruled in May that 21-year-old Jack Teixeira must remain behind bars while the case plays out found that releasing him would pose a risk that he would attempt to flee the country or obstruct justice. Teixeira's lawyers are now asking a different judge to reverse that decision.

    In court papers, the defense attorneys argued that Teixeira has no financial ability or incentive to flee, and claimed the government “greatly overexaggerates Mr. Teixeira's risk to national security.” Teixeira's lawyers noted that prosecutors did not seek to detain Trump — or his co-defendant, Walt Nauta — even though the former president and his valet “possess extraordinary means to flee the United States.”

    “Former President Trump and The Trump Organization own properties in multiple foreign countries, and former President Trump has access to a private plane. Yet, the risk of flight posed by their knowledge of national security information, and their abnormal ability to flee, didn't even result in a request that either surrender their passport,” Teixeira's lawyers wrote.

    Teixeira's attorneys wrote that the “disparate…

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