(NationalUSNews.com) – The eyes of the world are on the Biden Administration, the United States Air Force, and a 21-year-old airman as investigations begin in the case of numerous stolen and leaked Pentagon documents. Airman First Class Jack Teixeira was taken into custody by the FBI for stealing and sharing the classified documents. The contents of the files were posted in an online gaming chat room, revealing communications and surveillance secrets with ramifications of worldwide proportions. The main question at hand is how a theft of this magnitude could have happened in the first place.
Teixeira was located on the Air National Guard 102nd Intelligence Wing, and he is believed to have worked alone, likely harboring no end goals more lofty than impressing his gaming buddies. However, his actions have prompted Air Force officials to launch an internal investigation and to move intelligence missions to other entities. The nation’s Air Force Secretary, Frank Kendall, addressed Congress about his plans to oversee an inspection at the Cape Cod location. Kendall intends to find out what went wrong and how the leak could have been prevented.
Senior government officials want to know if there were safety checks in place, why the leak went undetected for so long, and how the documents could have had an online presence for months without anyone knowing. The highest level of accountability is entrusted to the branches of the military to protect America’s intelligence secrets. There are specific positions created to secure documents with classified information. The question being asked on all sides of the issue is, “Who is ultimately responsible?”
The Air Force plans a full review of its policies and procedures. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has also requested a full report from each facility handling sensitive documents. He wants to know the complete process of how they are handled.
Beyond the United States, friends and foes worldwide, mentioned in the leaked documents, are anxiously awaiting an explanation.
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