Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira pleads guilty, and prosecutors seek 16-year sentence

Jack Teixeira, the Massachusetts Air National Guardsman accused of leaking hundreds of classified Department of Defense documents, has agreed to a plea deal that could have him spend the next 16 years in prison.

Teixeira was in court on Monday and pleaded guilty as laid out in the deal, according to court documents.

He “callously disregarded the national security of the United States, and he betrayed his solemn oath to defend the country and the trust of the American people that he swore to protect. Being entrusted with the security clearance carries the responsibility to be a good steward of our nation’s most sensitive information,” said Matt Olsen, the assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice. “And whether someone embodies this duty by handing classified information directly to a foreign adversary, or
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