Recently unearthed videos and online chat logs have revealed the racist rantings, obsession with guns and alleged violent fantasies of Pentagon defendant Jack Teixeira.
The material, published by the Washington Post Saturday paints a disturbing portrait of the 21-year-old National Guardsman, who was arrested last month and charged with leaking classified U.S. defense documents to an online chat group.
A disturbing video clip revealed in the report shows Teixeira on a shooting range, spitting racial slurs before raising a semi-automatic rifle and firing repeatedly.
“Jew scam, n***** rape and mag dump,” he says, before aiming the rifle and firing 10 times at an unseen target, emptying the rifle’s magazine, or “mag”.
“He called himself a racist on several occasions,” a close friend of Teixeira’s from the online community Discord told The Post. “I would say he was proud of it.”
The person added that Teixeira had also spoken ‘several times about his youth, his desire to shoot his school’, adding: ‘To my knowledge, he has never harmed anyone physically, but he has absolutely talked about it quite often. .”
In a video clip published by The Washington Post (above), Teixeira is seen on a shooting range, spitting racial slurs before raising a semi-automatic rifle and firing repeatedly.
Jack Douglas Teixeira is seen in a court sketch making his first appearance before a federal judge in Boston, Massachusetts on April 14
A lawyer representing Teixeira did not immediately respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment on Saturday morning.
Teixeira worked as an information technology specialist with the Massachusetts Air National Guard and is accused of using his top-secret clearance to obtain and leak dozens of classified documents in the Discord chat room he ran, where he was jokingly known as “Jack the Dripper”.
Documents posted online exposed US concerns about Ukraine’s military capability against invading Russian forces and embarrassingly exposed Washington’s apparent spying on Israel and Korea’s allies from South.
Teixeira, who has not yet pleaded guilty, is charged with “unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information” and “unauthorized deletion and retention of classified documents or material”.
Unlike other major leaks charged in recent years, Teixeira does not appear to have viewed himself as a whistleblower, but instead sought to impress the teenage boys and young men who congregated in his Discord chatroom, Thug Shaker Central. .
“I think he thought it made him special,” the close friend told the Post. “I think there was a part of him that felt like he was cool or important because he had that access.”
The person said Teixeira also repeatedly referred to a “race war” he was considering and appeared to fear such a conflict following widespread protests for racial justice in the summer of 2020.
“He was afraid they were targeting white people,” his friend said. “He had told me several times that he thought they had to prepare for a revolution.”
FBI agents arrest Jack Teixeira, a member of the Air Force National Guard, on April 13 as part of an investigation into leaks of classified US documents online.
An evidence photo released by prosecutors shows Teixeira’s bedroom in her father’s house. Prosecutors say he amassed a ‘virtual arsenal’ of weapons at home
This image, contained in the Justice Department’s motion for Jack Teixeira’s continued detention, shows his bedroom at his father’s home in North Dighton, Massachusetts
In addition to storing what prosecutors describe as a “virtual arsenal” of firearms, Teixeira appeared to view his access to classified information as an important part of preparing for a supposed “race war,” the official said. ‘friend.
Teixeira wanted his Discord mates to be “prepared for things the government might do, reinforcing to them that the government was lying to them,” the person said.
The new report adds disturbing new details about Teixeira’s background, in addition to what federal prosecutors have already alleged.
In court last month, federal prosecutors claimed Teixeira had a habit of making “violent” statements and possessed numerous weapons.
He wrote on social media in November that he wanted to ‘kill a ton of people’ because it would ‘kill the weak-minded’, the prosecution wrote in a court filing opposing his bail .
Prosecutors also claimed the airman sought advice from another Discord user on what kind of gun would be easy to use in the back of an SUV, and researched mass shootings online.
They added that Teixeira had “a virtual arsenal of weapons, including bolt-action rifles, shotguns, AR and AK-type weapons, and a bazooka”, with some of the guns “just feet from his bed. “.
The document states that Teixeira was suspended from school in March 2018 after a classmate “overheard him making remarks about weapons, including Molotov cocktails, school guns, and guns.” racial threats”.
A document depicting a Chinese spy balloon was part of the trove of documents Teixeira is accused of leaking to his friends online on Discord
Prosecutors argued that Teixeira posed “a serious flight risk” and claimed he could trade classified secrets with a foreign adversary if released on bail.
“He has accessed and may still have access to a wealth of classified information that would be invaluable to hostile nation states that may offer him a safe haven and attempt to facilitate his escape from the United States,” the report said. case.
Teixeira’s lawyers have argued that Teixeira should be returned to his father’s custody pending trial, insisting he poses no ongoing threat to national security.
Defense attorneys have argued in court papers that the prosecution “indulges in hyperbolic judgments and provides little more than speculation that a foreign adversary will seduce Mr. Teixeira and orchestrate his clandestine escape from the United States.” .
U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy has yet to rule on the issue of Teixeira’s pre-trial detention status, and hearings on the matter have been repeatedly postponed.
Teixeira is then scheduled to appear in federal court in Worcester, Massachusetts, on the afternoon of May 19 for the remand hearing.