June 17, 2024

The accused Pentagon whistleblower is appealing a pretrial detention order, citing Trump’s release

A former Massachusetts Air National Guardsman accused of stealing classified Pentagon records and spreading them online is asking a federal judge to free him and overturn him. previous ruling that he will remain in pretrial detention. The filing draws direct comparisons to former President Donald Trump, who is still awaiting a free trial for his alleged mishandling of classified documents.

Jack Teixeira’s attorneys on Monday appealed the May detention order imposed by Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy, asking a Massachusetts Federal District Court judge to reconsider Teixeira’s release, arguing that the defendant is not a flight risk, any risk of obstruction of justice as possible. to be released under certain conditions.

“A 21-year-old, with a modest income, who has lived nowhere but his parents’ house, does not have the means or ability to flee from a nationally recognized prosecution. There are no real-life connections Mr. Teixeira outside of Massachusetts, and does not have the financial ability to support himself if he were to flee,” his attorneys wrote Monday, “Even if Mr. Teixeira had shown any inclination to become a fugitive disreputable, which he expressly does not have, he has nowhere to go.”

Government prosecutors say Teixeira was behind the leaking of government secrets about US interests abroad, including detailed information about the war in Ukraine. Teixeira was charged under the Espionage Act with the unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information and the unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors argued that the former military technology worker’s access to previously classified materials posed a risk to national security and could pose future dangers. But when arguing for his release, Teixeira’s defense rejects the contention, writing, “The government seized electronic devices and conducted a thorough search of his mother and father’s residences, which failed to yield any evidence of attention that indicated there may still be some top secret information. there.”

Monday’s filing in particular compares the Texeira case to a case Trump, also accused of illegally retaining national defense information. Trump and his coder, Walt Nauta, remain free from pretrial detention after prosecutors in special counsel Jack Smith’s office asked for no prison terms or electronic monitoring. The conditions of his release are limited so as not to discuss the case with each other and other witnesses.

“The government’s differential approach to pretrial release in these cases demonstrates that its argument for Mr. Teixeira’s pretrial detention is based on information he allegedly withholds,” the defense filing said, also listing other examples of similar cases. .

Teixeira, unlike Trump, is accused of transmitting classified information, according to the indictment against him. While federal prosecutors alleged in the indictment against him that Trump twice revealed classified documents to others, the former president was not accused of disseminating classified information on a scale comparable to the allegations against Teixeira.

Both Trump and Nauta have pleaded not guilty.

Teixeira’s lawyers also argued that any forums where he shared information – including the Discord group where they first appeared – are likely no longer functioning.

“Mr. Teixeira does not pose a significant threat to national security because he lacks the means and ideological desire to engage in foreign proxies to harm the United States,” the filing argues, adding that Trump had access to also on very serious and non-detained information.

— Reporting was contributed by Kathryn Watson and Melissa Quinn.

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