I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but there were some new developments today in the “Leaked Intelligence Documents” saga and I had a chance to discuss them with Judge Napolitano and Scott Ritter. I don’t know about you, but I found the discussions scintillating and enjoyable. I know you will let me know if you see things different.
In between my chat with Judge Nap and Scott Ritter, I received a tip from a friend that some of the Air Force bases do in fact have access in the SCIFs to the CIA documents allegedly posted by Jack Texeira. Apparently, there are a number of CIA officers posted at these bases and a decision was made a few years back to open the access to them. But the access is not wide open. You have to have the right “tickets” in order to get into that compartment.
This is a point I failed to mention in previous posts — i.e., ticketed permission. Let me use another more mundane example to explain. The NRA (aka National Rifle Association) has a website for instructors (nrainstructors.org). Only people who are NRA certified instructors can access that site. The NRA has a variety of categories for instructor certification, such as Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Concealed Carry Weapon, and Personal Protection Outside the Home. If you only are certified as a Basic Pistol instructor then you cannot access any of the training material for the other disciplines.
The same sort of system applies to folks with a TOP SECRET clearance. You may have a TS, SCI clearance, which Jack Texeira reportedly had, but that does not grant you full, unfettered access to all intelligence posted on the TS server.
Here are the interviews
I still think this guy got the intelligence, because I feel hes the powerpoint guy to a colonel. Its just he walked off his with bosses powerpoint presentation.
This was my first guess to mechanism by which a relative junior could get his hands on those papers too.
Humans are too predictable, of course an older military guy is gonna get some young gamer type to do “computer things” for him.
Good to emphasize that having a Top Secret clearance doesn’t give access to all TS(SCI). The airman didn’t have access codes to enter the SCIF by himself. Where were his computer security and INTEL NCOICs &OICs, always on coffee breaks? If he got the documents from burn bags on his own, serious violation of security, wondering if anyone has heard of multiple courts martials in this MASS AFNG unit ???
Larry, it is not that your effort is not appreciated but let me save you the trouble: nothing we have heard from US mass media or government officials since February 2022 has been true. They have become the masters of dealing in half truth, things that sound like the truth but aren’t, things that sound plausible but aren’t and finally, they don’t even care if what they say is true or not.
I agree. You cannot trust Western mass media or government officials. When it is important, you can be sure that they are manipulating you, and when they are not manipulating you, you can be sure that it is not important.
Hi Oddo. Just one guy’s opinion, but I think you are too kind in setting the date in 2022. Seems like it’s probably a bit further back in time.
Michael Droy says
I’m with you one this – and there is little point in trying to understand just what happened with Teixeira. Chances are it wasn’t him at all.
Nothing you have heard from the US government over the last 60 years or more has been true. The official narrative is always a lie.
dave jones says
US intel community has more leaks than the Iraqi navy. a decade ago, China killed at least a dozen government employees spying for the CIA. maybe China also has access to classified data and knows CIA’s top top secrets like who killed JFK.
Bazza McKenzie says
Weren’t those the ones leaked via Hillary Clinton’s unsecure server, to which China apparently had gained access?
Larry, let it go. Its an op.
This discussion reminds me of the nuclear explosions or directed energy BS arguments regarding the three towers.
It seems to be working though.
The military and “intelligence” should have never let the deep state steal the election, bye, bye, miss American pie.
A. Dane says
Yes it starts to look like beating a dead horse.
My verdict is already in: Jack was made a patsy by intelligence operatives.
The fact is that the TS reports were transformed from a digital media into physical media (Paper) via a printer, and then photographed back to being a digital media before being published via a gamer forum.
Luckily, every step of the way is possible to trace via the digital data attached to each process.
So: Who printed those reports?
And: Who photographed those Prints?
And: Who uploaded these photos on to the gamer forum?
So far we have seen no proof that Jack was the one who printed, photographed and uploaded these photos to the gamer forum.
Uploading the final digital photos to the gamer forum could be done by accessing Jack´s computer or I-phone via hacking by intelligence operatives.
This case is a threat to National security, but even more so to legal certainty in America.
Scott Ritter and Larry Johnston, two of my favourite analysts, both gentlemen and men of honour – kudos to you both for taking the massive personal risks that you do to enlighten the general public.
My own background is in network security, at times offensive, and I’m appalled at the lack of opsec displayed by the US alphabet soups. This simply doesn’t happen in Australia (I hope), although I’ve only had a very low clearance when I’ve worked for Defence, initially as a public servant and much later as a contractor teaching the basics of network security to grunts.
My initial reaction to this was the same as the JFK assassination (two years before I was born) – the guy’s a Patsy.
This is obviously a mis/disinformation campaign attempting to obfuscate the Nordstream revelations made by Seymour Hersh – and an appallingly clumsy attempt at some kind of Maskirovka.
I can only hope that our new centre-left (replacing an incompetent and corrupt far-right) government continues rapprochement with China and the inane AUKUS agreement fails when the economies of the US/UK collapse.
Australians will not follow the US blindly into a war with China, regardless of the bullying of the US and it’s minions in ASPI.
“Australians will not follow the US blindly into a war with China, regardless of the bullying of the US and it’s minions in ASPI.”
Wanna bet? I’d have said the same thing about taking those “vaccines” for a non-existent viral threat until … it happened. You’re talking about an Australia that used to exist but hasn’t been anywhere in sight for more than 20 years.
I’d have bet against us sending troops to the illegal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan too, but oops, there we went again. Sniffing Uncle Sam’s butt as always. We’re a vassal, we don’t get to have a say.
Sandy K says
As an Aussie I can’t agree with your comments re Australian politics. What precisely do you mean by centre-left and far right? I’m tired of reading such comments by people who do not define these nomenclatures. To describe the previous coalition government as far right is unfounded without defining such a nomenclature. I could easily describe the current Labor government as far left but I won’t other because such terms are ridiculous and emotive.
And to suggest that the new government is undertaking rapprochement with China can I suggest you read the latest press release from former Labor prime minister Paul Keating attacking the hypocrisy of such claims of rapprochement. Sadly the Australian government will follow the US government, not people, into a war with our major trading partner China. An absolutely clueless government with a defence force which would be wiped out in weeks. But what would I know, a surviving pointy end war veteran from a previous “all the way with LBJ” war.
Gara Frame says
As likely in Australia as it is elsewhere: far-right is anyone more conservative than you who you do not agree with.
It is sloppy thinking.
“Australians will not follow the US blindly into a war with China, regardless of the bullying of the US and it’s minions in ASPI”
LOL, wanna bet? Australians are pathetic lickspittles and will do whatever the fuck they are told to do.
The political class are craven, corrupt cowards and the dumbed down citizenry are still lining up to get whatever injections the TV heads tell them to.
Poor fella my country.
Sandy K says
grr, sadly you are right in everything you say. I have to laugh when the young ones complain about Russia and our biggest trading partner China then I ask what their view on conscription is. They get very wobbly.
In my view this leak is just a little side show in a monumental change in the world’s power structures.
Richard Steven Hack says
I still say the main issue is whether this guy was a “cyber transport operations journeyman”, aka “hardware monkey”, or a “cyber defense operations journeyman”, which is a real cybersecurity position which might require higher level access.
If the former, there’s no way I can imagine he had access. If the latter, he could have had some form of access, even if doubtful that he had access to “code word” level documents as part of his normal access. And even if he did, one presumes there had to be a system level administrator overseeing his work which was presumably logged and without a system level administrator’s ability to override those logs or spoof user identity in those logs.
Occam’s Razor applies here: The only explanation that makes sense is that someone high up in DoD/DIA/DNI wants to oppose the Biden foreign policy on Ukraine before we end up in WWIII. Somehow these documents were leaked or made available to this individual, who is either part of the intelligence operation or a patsy – most likely the latter. As someone mentioned on Moon of Alabama today, “There is always a patsy.”
Either that or there was a bizarre cascade of extremely poor military cybersecurity lapses which played right into this guy’s hands. While nothing is impossible, this would seem to be so improbable as to beggar imaginations.
People comparing him to Snowden are way off base. Snowden had full administrator access to anything at NSA. If Teixiera was a journeyman, there’s no way he had anything remotely comparable.
My two cents, At some point it was explained to him how over his (J.Texeira) life would be if he did what he did, as he would be caught.
So why risk the end of his life? For money, or a honeypot, or as a whistleblower? But to impress online gamer buddies? Week-old fish in the hamper smells better.
Do the documents hurt US security? They show that NATO leaders are cherrypicking fantasy and ignoring the actual intelligence – leading to devastating policies.
I agree with your suggestion that someone in the senior ranks hoped this leak would force some reality into policy.
Adam Troy says
Just thinking outside of the box.
In the current narrative, replace the word “leak” by “dump”.
Now think about it…
It’s better to beat a dead horse than a live one. Note that his name is Teixeira with two i’s. It matters when you do net searches.
Johnson does not like to be corrected, even if it is mild and friendly – regarding the young man’s surname.
It was done previously but he ignores it.
(If this comment is posted, it will be an improvement, somehow)
Femi Akomolafe says
I don’t think that this is fair. Have you considered the possibility that:
1. He is too busy to find the time to effect the correction;
2. He convinced himself that the name doesn’t have only one “correct” spelling?
the blame-e says
“I don’t mean to beat a dead horse.”
Yes, Larry. Yes. Yes, you actually do mean to “beat a dead horse.”
Here’s “a tip from a friend.”
“The age of new psy ops.” No such thing, man. It’s just the SOS made more hideous, more odious. You double down enough and you think you are in brand new territory, blazing new trails. SOS, man.
Nothing changes because your comfort zone is not to face the monster, not to take it on, but to sit down with your glazed eyes and take notes, like a good boy. And why would you face the monster. You worked for it. Made a career out of it. Wore the monster’s clothes and its name tag — “un-named expert,” “anonymous source.”
Not cool, man.
You were part of all this. This was your system. You made a career out of this intelligence crap, man. At night, you probably still dream of being at work. Although, in your dreams, your bosses are both trying to find a door to shove you out of (again), while showing you absolutely no respect to your face. Practically laughing in your face, man. All while handing you even dirtier work to get done — without getting paid. You’re doing their shit for free, man. When you show up for work, they don’t even have a desk for you to sit at. Worse is you don’t even know a soul that works there anymore. Because it’s soulless work. It always was.
Boring as shit.
Congratulations, man. You got your patsy. We have seen the patsy and they is us.
can we please perhaps now focus on what was actually “leaked”, and for what reason?
from bellingcat to WAPO and the NYT: this “leak” obviously “happened” on purpose?
our true focus should now move on to the question: why?
“our true focus should now move on to the question: why?”
The steps which some deem “interim” since in the vicinity of striptease the wise study at the audience/(s) not the attributes of the stripper including what he/she “thinks” it’s all about ?
Femi Akomolafe says
This is one of the reasons why I love to read the comments section of Mr Johnson’s blog!
I got to read solid geopolitical analyses, and today I got introduced into the Fundamentals of Striptease.
What was leaked ? Highly biased points of view.
Why the MSM jumped on it ? Kirby put the “official” stamp on the bag of shit.
Why ? Don’t know but it reveal some governmental decisions are based on highly biased points of view.
It is certainly not what is intended by the MSM … nor new ; remember the Dovid19 or the Kony2012 scams ? World is a place where things don’t goes as intended. 🙂
the blame-e says
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” — Mike Tyson
Right now, the bell for the start of the next round has rung. We are about to get clobbered. We just don’t know it yet. We don’t know a lot of things. For example, we don’t even know what round it is. That should have been the first sign of trouble ahead. There’s the head fake.
In case there’s any doubt about it, Tyson is the CIA. The other guy is the next Color Revolution, the American People.
The Washingtonian Carpetbaggers scramble for that more widely broadcast Nomenclature of the Moment phrase – An Offramp – to make some clean face saving creditable exit from their Empire of Lies lies to the Main Game – China.
Superfluous as it may appear, this will not be easy.
As for their Ukraine two week Proxy War on Russia, One Great Game Too Many . . .
the blame-e says
More like “the main event.” Except that Russia hasn’t even started anything yet.
Dave Huff says
I wish I was as smart as all the other posters were…..
Joe C. says
Your voice is oftentimes unintelligible because of a bad connection, or some other reason. It was more noticeable in the Judge Nap video.
James j says
Me too…i had to guess at what he was saying…..
Here is a completely different view of the leaks. Steady on, not for easily ruffled feathers!
THE PENTAGON PAPERS ARE THE DEATH RATTLE OF THE EMPEROR, NOT YET OF THE EMPIRE
Ever<one talks 'empire' never mentioning the changing of the Praetorian Guard or Caligula.
“You may have a TS, SCI clearance, which Jack Texeira reportedly had, but that does not grant you full, unfettered access to all intelligence posted on the TS server.”
My understanding, and I might have misunderstood, is that our young suspect, I believe, had network system administrator rights as he was responsible for the network That, as it did with Snowden, pretty much opens any door he wants to open. He just wasn’t as clever as Snowden, covering his tracks.
ann watson says
Hi Larry – thanks for all your posts about this – its all very interesting and no need to apologize – its great to read all this – and thanks for being big enough to admit maybe you forgot a detail…no problemo – we all like honesty better than constant correct.
Curt Nichols says
Here is a little sauce for this stew. The Air Farce is revoking security clearances if you don’t get the de-population vaccine. Because OBVIOUSLY you are not trustworthy.
The Air Farce leadership may be losing their marbles.
MICHAEL JENKINS, J.D., CPA says
While I haven’t been able to find or read much of the leaked/dumped documents, I found this link, https://www.zerohedge.com/military/leaked-document-shows-american-smart-bombs-are-failing-ukraine which says that one of the documents reports that American smart bombs aren’t working as intended in Ukraine. This is not Iraq or Libya we are at war with; apparently, the Russians have been able to jam the GPS guidance or otherwise interfere with the guidance of the “smart” bombs, rendering them ineffective. This time we are playing against the varsity. I’d be interested to hear Larry comment on this disclosure.
Oblomovka daydream says
Russian RT features a NBC news story https://russian.rt.com/inotv/2023-04-18/NBC-News-soyuzniki-kritikuyut-SSHA
NBC News: Allies criticize US for careless handling of top-secret information
n light of the scandal over the leak of classified documents, there is increasingly harsh criticism from American allies. According to NBC News, they are outraged that the 21-year-old soldier not only had access to top-secret documents, but could quietly bring them home and photograph them on the kitchen table. Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State assures that the scandal did not affect the cooperation of the United States with allies. Moreover, according to him, they express to America “gratitude for the steps taken.”
Today the British Secretary of Defense was honored at the Pentagon. At this time, behind the scenes, harsh criticism is heard from many allies of the United States. Their representatives told NBC News that they are outraged by what they call America’s careless handling of top-secret information. This is despite the following comments by Secretary Blinken.
ANTHONY BLINKEN, US Secretary of State : What I’ve heard, at least so far, is appreciation for the steps we’re taking. This did not affect our cooperation.
Following the arrest of National Guardsman Jack Teixeira on Tuesday, allies are wondering how the 21-year-old soldier was able to print secret documents undetected and apparently photograph them on his kitchen table, according to The New York Times.
ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC News Anchor: How is it that a Massachusetts guard at Otis Air Force Base in Cape Cod not only has access, but they lack security procedures to know he’s taking something home?
JASON CROWE, member of the House Intelligence Committee : Andrea, this is outrageous, there’s no doubt about it. This is a terrible leak that will have repercussions on our ability to gather information, our sources to trust us, our allies to trust us.
Among the leaked secrets is the Pentagon’s assessment that Taiwan is incapable of defending itself against Chinese missile launches. According to a document obtained by The Washington Post but not verified by NBC News, this led a senior Republican who recently met with Taiwan’s president to call on the Biden administration to speed up the process of arms sales to Taiwan.
MICHAEL MCCALL, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee : When I met President Tsai, her first question was, “When will I get my weapons?”
The Washington Post also reports that the United States was aware of at least four more Chinese spy balloons, in addition to the one that flew through the US. The Pentagon declined to comment. Another document tells of China’s successful testing of a hypersonic missile that has a high ability to evade US air defenses.
LESTER HOLT, NBC News Anchor : Andrea, there’s also breaking news from Russia, where a senior diplomat has been allowed to visit an imprisoned American Wall Street Journal journalist for the first time.
ANDREA MITCHELL : Absolutely right, Lester. Russia finally allowed the United States Ambassador to visit Evan Gershkovich in prison today, almost three weeks after he was arrested on false charges of espionage. The ambassador said that he thought he was in good health. Tomorrow he will appear in the courtroom in a closed session to appeal the charges.
And here is another example of Russian repression. Today, Washington Post freelancer and Putin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza was sentenced to an unprecedented 25 years in prison for criticizing a special operation in Ukraine.
Air date April 18, 2023.
I’m still convinced a shorter fluffier haircut is in order.
I don’t believe not one word they say.
Everyone even remotely connected to our government is abject liars.
My new rule:
they are guilty
until proven innocent
In terms of flogging a dead horse, it’s actually critical that these type of matters, leaks, which provide hard evidence of dishonesty by state actors are thoroughly investigated and that there is not just analysis of who and what and why did it but of whistleblower protections and how such people get them as a matter of law.
The protection and standard for whistleblowers is a huge and immediate concer. There has to be a robust legal challenge to the existing incarceration of state action whistleblowers, or truth dies.
Larry, thanks for beating a dead horse.
I am wondering, if it has anything to do with the different fractions (infighting) in US government. White House vs Pentagon vs Fed. Pentagon seems to know how dangerous the Ukraine situation is. Could it be a higher up telling this boy he should publish this docs somewhere without big audience?
Do you know how patent (protection) works? If you publish your product plans over the patent office your competitor has all information it needs and lawyers help to copy it. That’s why we published patent documents in tiny magazines (reach 1-200 people). Time stamp is in the printed version, archived and in case a competitor copied us, we had proof for it. Taxeiras discord servers remembers me at that situation. Maybe I am completely wrong, maybe not.
It’s nice to see the Australian antivax “freedumb fighter” crowd is well represented here. Which, of course, is a far right movement with a psychotic ex SAS political aspirant as it’s titular figurehead.
Not a STEM graduate amongst you, but you’re all always happy to play the armchair expert. ASIO is now so short staffed from monitoring right wing extremists that it has publicly admitted that it now can’t adequately perform its role.
Well done, knuckleheads, you’ll be the first to scream like little bitches when an Islamist terror cell explodes a device in an Australian city.
“COVID-19 was a fraud”…
Tell that to the families of the 18 million plus people around the globe who have died from this “harmless virus”. But “they all died from comorbidities”, I hear you bleat. Obviously epidemiology or maths aren’t your thing.
You have the audacity to call people “sheeple”, yet in reality you’re a cabal of semi literate degenerates who thoroughly deserved the beatings administered to you by the Victorian Police.
The Morrison and Abbott regimes were a far right abomination. My elderly father was a Howard backbencher for ten years after he retired as a one star Naval staff officer, so what would I know about the internal machinations of the LNP, its factionalisation and polarisation?
I watched Keating’s Press Club appearance in full where he allowed his (admittedly very righteous) anger to destroy his argument, rather than using his usual wit and intellect to cower that gathering of media “experts” and overt US sycophants.
You cretins look at the Chinese with obvious racist xenophobia in yet another self defeating display of rhetoric. Aren’t they due any day now as ” UN peacekeepers” to inflict Agenda 21 on our shores, according to your Great Leader the esteemed ex SAS mercenary? Then there’s the question of your other great sage, the fish and chip queen of Ipswich, Pauline Hanson and her propensity to attract lowlife, bottom feeding scum like Mark Latham.
You lot appear to have conflated Larry’s conservative (centre right) politics with your own misanthropic far right ideology. You somehow defy logic and purport to support Russia in its fight against fascist unipolarity? Really? Apparently, the Nazis were “left” because they were “National Socialists”, obviously history isn’t your thing, either.
The Dunning-Kruger rent a crowd is alive and well in this thread. Give you a few extremely basic computer skills and you’re instant armchair analysts, epidemiologists, virologists, data scientists and generals.
Keep up the good work, comrades. I’m going back to being a passive observer on this wonderful website, you make me physically ill.
I should have made the caveat that “educated Australians won’t blindly follow the US into another military misadventure”, but that would have been both rude and presumptuous.
Thanks again Larry – and my genuine apologies for this outburst, there won’t be a repeat.
Actually Larry mentioned in the comments a few posts back that he thinks a friend may have died as a result of the Covid vaccine. The man’s personality changed quite a bit before the end.
Sandy K says
“Thanks again Larry – and my genuine apologies for this outburst, there won’t be a repeat.”
What a load of BS, if you were sorry for the inane outburst you would have deleted before posting. You appear to be an expert of the lowest form of argument, i.e. ad hominem. Try to elevate your argument away from pathetic name calling and present a cogent argument. Still you accuse individuals/parties of being far right but refuse to define far right. Do you find it difficult to make this known? Perhaps you should look in the mirror when throwing accusations at other people because from the way you write one could assume the same about you, particularly when you have to apologise for such comments.
Keep beating the dead horse until the WaPo gives up where it is hiding its cach of top secret documents and how they managed to get their mitts on the information.
Great interviews, Larry. If JT was the leaker, I hope it was voluntary and not as a patsy. It takes real cowards to set people up like that.
k. talaat says
We know the How and we know the What. The Why remains to be explained.
Any thoughts on that?
Could it be that the perfumed princes of the Pentagon don’t wish for an embarrassing war. A war with a near peer that exposes the misguided purpose of those expenditures. The purpose of which was for colonial extraction rather than preparedness for war against a better prepared rival.
I was talking to my boss who spent years in Air Force Intelligence watching the Soviets from Japan. He had Top Secret clearance. He said that within certain projects, there were big restrictions on “need to know” regardless of your clearance level. Then was he was about to explain more, his manager calls him.
But then again, didn’t Snowden complain that literally anybody in the intelligence complex could access any piece of information. Like some guys were spying on their ex-girl friends. I am more interested now in why the information was leaked.
Cato the Uncensored says
That’s why they call it ‘Compartmentalized.’