EXCLUSIVE: A US pilot, 20, accused of leaking Ukrainian Pentagon secrets, posted a video of himself shooting his father’s old Soviet revolver, court documents show.
- Jacques Teixeira allegedly shared a video of himself detonating a Soviet-era Tokarev firearm
- The Fed confiscated three phones to find out more details about how Teixeira allegedly leaked classified information
- Teixeira is accused of leaking documents detailing Ukraine’s war effort and US spying on its allies on the messaging app Discord.
Newly filed court records show that American pilot Jacques Teixeira showed his father’s old Soviet pistol to a friend who paid him to the FBI for leaking top-secret US military and intelligence documents on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A 20-page application to obtain a search warrant on his divorced parents’ homes, his cell phone and a red 2016 Chevrolet Colorado that was brought to court by FBI agent Victoria Horn provides yet another peak into how the federal government plans to present their case against the USAF guards.
Horn wrote in her affidavit that the office had already confiscated three cell phones that the family voluntarily turned in on April 13, the day Teixeira was arrested.
On Friday, the US Attorney in Boston charged him with two counts under the Espionage Act of unauthorized retention and transmission of classified materials after he shared sensitive documents with approximately 50 members of the Discord gaming group known as Thug Shaker Central. Teixeira, who faces 15 years in federal prison, has not filed a plea.
Jacques Teixeira, 21, appeared in federal court in Boston on Friday and faces 15 years in prison if convicted of taking and leaking classified information and military secrets.
A 21-year-old US Air Force National Guard employee has been arrested for leaking highly sensitive US defense and intelligence documents.
About 40 classified documents were photocopied or transcribed for posting on the players’ social media platform, according to the federal agent, and they have log records showing Teixeira used his access at the Cape Cod Air National Guard base he was assigned to at least display them. one of the documents.
He first began publishing sensitive information in December 2022 and in January 2023 began publishing photos of classified documents, as requested by Horn.
This document appears to show the state of Ukraine’s air defenses in February and May, when they are expected to be severely depleted.
A close-up of the same document appears to show how vulnerable Ukraine’s air defenses were by May
Some of the information not only contains top secret information, but also describes how the United States obtained it, whether through a human source, satellite information, or a hidden error, according to the FBI agent.
One of his companions on the social media group appears to be the FBI’s chief witness and partial basis for the search at the mother’s home on Maple Street and the father’s home on Walker Street in North Dayton, Massachusetts, according to court records.
He listed his parents’ homes, which are less than a mile apart, as his residence on his application for a top secret permit.
Relatives of Jacques Teixeira fought their way through a media scuffle after they saw the 21-year-old appear briefly before magistrates to hear the charges against him.
An FBI surveillance team saw Teixeira driving back and forth between the two addresses on the day he was arrested and believed they knew the Feds were closing in on him.
Horn said Teixeira’s friend who beat him to the feds picked his car in a line and confirmed a photo of him to investigators.
The anonymous informant told the FBI that the pilot posted a video of himself shooting a Tokarev firearm, a World War II-era Soviet semi-automatic pistol he believed was part of his father’s old weapons collection.
The FBI is asking the judge to allow the bureau to seize all electronic devices – computers, cell phones, hard drives, thumb drives, etc.