The Air Pressure has suspended leaders of the Massachusetts Air Nationwide Guard unit concerned within the leak of a trove of categorised paperwork, the service stated April 26.
The transfer got here on the order of the 102nd Intelligence Wing commander at Otis Air Nationwide Guard Base, Mass., the Air Pressure stated. The 2 leaders, the commander of the 102nd Intelligence Help Squadron and an administrative commander, have additionally misplaced entry to categorised info and methods. One of many unit’s members, Airman 1st Class Jack Teixeira, 21, has been charged with leaking scores of categorised paperwork through on-line chat rooms on Discord.
“Commanders are taking acceptable motion as info turns into out there,” Air Pressure spokeswoman Ann Stefanek advised Air & Area Forces Journal. The 102nd Intelligence Wing’s web site identifies its commander as Col. Sean D. Riley. The wing has had its intelligence duties quickly reassigned to different items because the Air Pressure investigates the leaks. Stefanek didn’t establish the squadron commander or administrative commander by identify.
“Which means that each the squadron’s state Air Nationwide Guard operational commander and present federal orders administrative commander have been suspended pending completion of the Division of the Air Pressure Inspector Common Investigation,” Stefanek stated. She additionally famous the “suspensions are short-term pending additional investigation.”
In line with its web site, the 102nd Intelligence Help Squadron is comprised of greater than 100 service members, civilians, and contractors.
“The 102nd ISS offers intelligence methods upkeep, integration, and operations for the AN/GSQ-272 SENTINEL weapon system, as a part of the Air Pressure Distributed Frequent Floor System (AF-DCGS) Enterprise, enabling close to real-time Assortment, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (CPED) of fused intelligence to warfighters, combatant commanders, and the bigger intelligence group,” the squadron’s web site states.
The Pentagon and Air Pressure have every launched a broad evaluate of the dealing with of categorised paperwork, and a few info as already been restricted. Moreover, the Division of Justice is investigating the matter. Teixeira was arrested by the FBI on April 13 and has been charged with violating the Espionage Act.
“Clearly on this case, this course of fell aside,” Air Pressure Chief of Employees Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. advised lawmakers April 18. “We’ve a technique of taking a look at accountability, not solely from a legal standpoint for the person but additionally as we take a look at the group itself. We’re going to check out our total processes throughout the Division of the Air Pressure.”