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    Military Hearing Officer Deciding Whether to Recommend Court-Martial for Pentagon Leaker

    Military Hearing Officer Deciding Whether to Recommend Court-Martial for Pentagon Leaker

    BEDFORD, Massachusetts — A Massachusetts National Guard member who pleaded guilty in March to federal crimes for leaking highly classified documents appeared Tuesday before a military hearing officer who will recommend whether the guardsman should face a court-martial.

    Jack Teixeira, of North Dighton, Massachusetts, is facing three charges in the military justice system: one alleging he failed to obey a lawful order and two counts of obstructing justice.

    Capt. Stephanie Evans said at Tuesday's hearing that a court-martial was appropriate given that obeying orders “is at the absolute core of everything we do in the U.S. military” and that Texeira acted with “malicious intent to cover his tracks.” But one of Teixeira's attorneys, Lt. Col. Bradley Poronsky, argued that further action would amount to prosecuting him twice for the same offense.

    Teixeira was arrested just over a year ago in the most consequential national security leak in years. He pleaded guilty on March 4 to six counts of willful retention and transmission of national defense information under a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve at least 11 years in prison.

    Referring to that agreement, Poronosky said the government has now taken its “big feast of evidence” from the criminal courthouse and walked it “down the street here to Hanscom Air to get their own pound of flesh.”

    Dressed in military uniform, Teixeira did not…

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