April 13, 2023 - Arrest made in connection with leaked US classified documents

By Elise Hammond, Adrienne Vogt, Matt Meyer and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 8:08 a.m. ET, April 14, 2023
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8:29 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

House Intel Committee poised to investigate how leaker accessed sensitive documents, chairman says

From CNN's Jack Forrest

Members of the House Intelligence Committee have been in touch about hosting hearings to find out how the 21-year-old National Guard member arrested Thursday for allegedly leaking classified US government documents was able to obtain the sensitive material, Chairman Mike Turner said Thursday.

"We need to have hearings as to, you know, what is the scope of documents, especially when you have something as volatile as a battlefield of Ukraine," Turner told CNN's Jake Tapper.

Jack Teixeira, the suspect, was described by The Washington Post as a lonely young man and gun enthusiast who was part of a chatroom of about two dozen people on Discord – a social media platform popular with video gamers – where members shared a love of guns and military gear.

Turner, who said he visited Kyiv recently, added that the upcoming Ukraine offensive was highly sensitive and the information leaked shouldn't be available to someone "trying to show it to their friends to impress them."

4:23 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

FBI agents are still searching the suspect's Massachusetts home, agency says

Teixeira is taken into custody.
Teixeira is taken into custody. (WHDH)

The FBI says it is still searching for evidence at a home in North Dighton, Massachusetts, where officers arrested a 21-year-old National Guard member for his alleged involvement in leaking classified US government and military documents.

Agents are likely looking through computers, hard drives, thumb drives, cameras and phones — anything that may have been used to capture and distribute classified documents, said John Miller, CNN's chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst.

Miller said he anticipates law enforcement will issue multiple search warrants at different residences connected to the suspect. He said the FBI may also seize weapons belonging to the suspect, Jack Teixeira.

"Since late last week the FBI has aggressively pursued investigative leads, and today's arrest exemplifies our continued commitment to identifying, pursuing, and holding accountable those who betray our country's trust and put our national security at risk," the FBI statement said.
4:19 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

Teixeira believed to be leader of group where trove of classified intel was posted, officials say

From CNN's Evan Perez

Jack Teixeira is believed to be the leader of the chat group where a trove of classified documents were posted, multiple US officials told CNN.

The search for the suspect began with thousands of people who had access to the documents, but investigators were able to quickly narrow the search to potential members of the chat group with evidence collected in the days immediately following the discovery of classified documents online by US officials.

3:50 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

First court appearance for Jack Teixeira will be tomorrow in Boston

From CNN's Hannah Rabinowitz

The first court appearance for Jack Teixeira will be tomorrow in Boston, according to the US Attorney’s office. The exact timing of the appearance will be announced tomorrow.

Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, has been arrested in connection with alleged unauthorized removal, retention and transmission of classified national defense information.

3:54 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

Biden briefed on arrest of suspect accused of leaking documents

From CNN's Phil Mattingly

President Joe Biden was briefed on the FBI arrest of a suspect concerning the leaking of classified documents, according to a US official familiar with the matter. 

Biden, currently on his way to a banquet dinner in his honor at Dublin Castle, was briefed between his speech to the Irish parliament and his departure. He was at the hotel for roughly 90 minutes between the two events. 

Biden has been briefed regularly throughout the investigation, according to officials, and appeared to allude to how close law enforcement officials were to a possible arrest when he answered a question about the matter earlier Thursday in Dublin during a visit with the Irish president. 

3:48 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

Suspect worked as a Cyber Transport Systems journeyman, Air Force says

From CNN's Haley Britzky

The Air Force released service details for Airman 1st Class Jack Teixeira, who was arrested Thursday in connection to a leak of classified intelligence online.

Teixeira is an enlisted airman at the Massachusetts Air National Guard, who joined the service in September 2019, according to his service record. His official job is Cyber Transport Systems journeyman. According to the Air Force, Cyber Transport Systems specialists are tasked with making sure the service’s "vast, global communications network" is operating correctly.

The rank of Airman 1st Class is the third enlisted rank an airman will make. According to his record, Teixeira had earned one Air Force Achievement Medal, which is a relatively standard medal for airmen of that age and rank to receive. 

Teixeira was arrested in Massachusetts on Thursday. Attorney General Merrick Garland said he was arrested in connection with alleged unauthorized removal, retention and transmission of classified national defense information.

3:30 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

Attorney General Garland says suspect in intelligence leaks arrested "without incident"

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks to the press on Thursday.
Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks to the press on Thursday. (Pool)

Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed Thursday that Jack Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, was arrested in connection with the leaking of classified documents.

"FBI agents took Teixeira into custody earlier this afternoon without incident," Garland said at a news conference.

The arrest was connected to an investigation into "alleged unauthorized removal, retention and transmission of classified national defense information," Garland said.

The attorney general said Teixeira will be arraigned in a federal court.

Garland declined to answer questions.

Watch Garland's remarks here: 

CNN's Hannah Rabinowitz contributed reporting to this post.

3:23 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

NOW: Attorney General Garland speaks after reports of arrested suspect in classified leaks investigation

From CNN's Evan Perez, Jeremy Herb, Natasha Bertrand, Zachary Cohen and Kevin Liptak

Attorney General Merrick Garland is speaking now from Washington, DC, following reports that a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard was arrested by the FBI on Thursday in connection with the leaking of classified documents that have been posted online.

The arrest of Jack Teixeira, 21, comes following a fast-moving search by the US government for the identity of the leaker who posted classified documents to a social media platform popular with video gamers.

Teixeira had been identified by The New York Times ahead of his arrest Thursday as the leader of the group where a trove of classified documents was posted.

3:18 p.m. ET, April 13, 2023

What FBI agents will now look for after the arrest of suspect in massive documents leak

As a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard was arrested in connection with the leak of classified US documents, agents were seen in aerial footage directing the 21-year-old suspect to move toward an armored vehicle with his hands on his head. CNN's Josh Campbell said the apparent "overwhelming show of force" was used because of the suspect's background in the military.

"FBI agents, as they prepare their arrest plan, they will work to determine — gather every piece of intelligence that they can as they assess — is this a dangerous person? We know from that stunning Washington Post report, recently, that the individual who led this group on this platform ... had talked about being a gun enthusiast, had been at gun ranges. He's obviously a member of the military. And so the FBI is factoring that into their determination about what type of force you bring to this residence in order to take this this person into custody," said Campbell, who is a former FBI agent.

Agents took extra precautions because the report disclosed him being a gun enthusiast, Campbell said.

The next steps, Campbell said, is investigating the residence of the suspect, which is now considered a crime scene.

"The feds will be there for a long time, because of course they need to determine: Are there additional classified documents that are inside that residence? [According to] what we've seen in past cases, the feds will get their search warrants lined up ahead of time in order to go in and search that top to bottom," he said.

Agents will be on the lookout for any location where a computer, a phone or digital files could be stored, Campbell said