On Friday, April 14, Jack Teixeira went before a Judge to be arraigned at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston for allegedly leaking sensitive Pentagon documents. Teixeira’s mother and father sat nervously in the front row with an unidentified relative while the courtroom filled with the press.

Teixeira moved quietly and then sat with his hands in his lap and said nothing after he entered the room for his hearing.

Judge David Hennessey asked him if he had signed the financial affidavit submitted to the court, to which he responded simply, “Yes, Sir.” And when asked if the affidavit was accurate, he replied, “Yes, your honor.”

The judge informed him of the charges against him and told him his right to remain silent. Teixeira faces two charges after friends from Discord, a social media site, spoke to the FBI and gave federal investigators information about their online friend, who went by the name “Jack the Dripper.” If convicted, he could face up to 15 years of jail time for leaking sensitive classified documents on the popular site.

A Bronx Public Defender named Brendan Kelly was acting as Teixeira’s attorney and whispered to his client when the judge had finished. He was handcuffed and led away by U.S. Marshals. “I love you, Jack,” his father, also named Jack Teixeira, called out as his son was taken out of the room. But before leaving, Teixeira turned back and looked at his dad, answering,

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‘I love you too, Dad,’ he said.

Teixeira’s family quietly left the courthouse after Jack’s initial appearance in federal court in Boston. His parents were followed by reporters for several blocks but did not stop to speak with the media.

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Teixeira lives with his mom in North Dighton, Massachusetts.
The leaked documents have been hugely embarrassing for the US government. Attorney General Merrick Garland held a press conference Friday morning to discuss the situation. He said,
“People who sign agreements to be able to receive classified documents acknowledge the importance to the national security of not disclosing those documents, and we intend to send that message of how important it is to our national security.”
Wednesday, April 19, is Teixeira’s next hearing at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

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