The media obsession in vilifying Jack Texeira for “leaking” TOP SECRET and SECRET documents and judging him guilty without any benefit of doubt, is just another symptom of the authoritarian fever that grips many inhabitants of the United States. Forget the first amendment. Stay in the dark and trust the Government to tell you what you need to know. Before you join the mob eager to lynch the poor kid, let me share what some of my friends who are veterans of the CIA and the Air Force have said about this affair in the past few days.
Both men say that the story and alleged facts smell to high heaven. One longtime buddy, a veteran of the CIA, still provides consulting services to the U.S. Government and holds the same high clearances that he had prior to his retirement. He is an experienced operations officer. He has recruited foreigners to spy on behalf of the United States, managed highly classified programs and planned and executed many covert actions. In other words, he is no desk jockey.
We started working together 18 years ago in providing training support to a variety of military commands by writing and executing military exercises. All of our work was conducted in a SCIF and we had the clearances that gave us access to TOP SECRET, COMPARTMENTED INTELLIGENCE. I stopped doing that work five years ago but he has continued on.
During our 18 years of working on these highly classified exercises we have never seen a E3 (i.e., an Airman First Class) anywhere in the SCIF. The enlisted personnel who worked on these TOP SECRET exercises were at least a Staff Sergeant (E5). So what is a lowly E3 doing in a SCIF with TOP SECRET material and no supervision? That is the first red flag.
Another red flag, as I noted in my previous piece, is the partial copy of the CIA Operations Center Intelligence Report. Both of us have had access to CIA systems available on the military servers and we have never seen the CIA Ops Center report on any of those systems. Never! How did this 21 year old kid get his hands on that?
I was chatting today with another friend. He’s of more recent vintage. I discovered he is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and that his last job with the Air Force was the inspection, certification and monitoring of Air Force SCIFs. Wow! Talk about serendipity. I asked him what he thought of the story the media is hard selling about the 21 year old with a trove of TS leaked documents? He told me, “It does not make sense.”.
He made the same points as my CIA buddy — how does a 21 year old E3 have this kind of access? My retired Colonel never saw it during his career. He told me, “At most, kids this age, might have a SECRET clearance.”
He also made the same observation that I raised in my previous piece on this incident — where the hell was this airman’s chain of command? A lowly E3 is not going to have unfettered access to a SCIF and will always have at least one senior commander (NCO or Officer) present to tell him what to do and to monitor his work.
Something is askew with the media story being presented to the World about the boy who posted the leak on the gamer chat board. The documents are not randomly selected. If the intent was to post classified information in order to impress a bunch of teenage gamers then why is the bulk of the material only about the war in Ukraine?
Finally, we are told, according to the Washington Post, that there are 300 documents. Really? Where are they? I have only been able to find roughly 18 documents. Have any of your seen the 100 pages that the media insists were posted to the web? That discrepancy alone raises another big red flag for me. Why was the Washington Post allowed to read/see 300 highly classified documents? The Post reporters do not hold security clearances. But it is okay for them to review those documents.
One of the major revelations from this leaking incident is that most of the press in the United States have rejected the fundamental mission of the media — expose truths the Government wants to hide from the public. What a volte face!! Fifty years ago the New York Times and the Washington Post led the way in defying the Nixon Adminstration’s effort to quash the publication of the highly classified Pentagon Papers. Those documents revealed that the U.S. Government, under both Republican and Democrat Presidents, lied to the American public about the war in Vietnam. And today? Those two media outlets enthusiastically helping the U.S. Government identify the leaker and smear him in the process. So much for the viability of the First Amendment.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
How was this miracle achieved? Hypnotism? Holding his family at gunpoint? And then, after making him post the photos online, these miracle workers waited for a couple of months for the leak to go viral?
All right then.
Mike D. says
Nothing surprises me about levels of incompetence in today’s USA.
Be careful of attributing their actions as incompetence or stupidity
Much more credible is that their motives are malicious and greedy and they hide behind the veil of stupidity which they would foster
Of note:….the doctored troop casualty figures on both sides smells red herring as well……nice plausible hangout to attribute as “motivation” for.
Possible scenario: they caught him doing something naughty previously. Maybe didn’t say anything. Maybe “wanna stay out of jail? do what we say”. Eventually thrown to the dogs either way.
BTW, he was supposedly a junior IT guy. Hence access.
What doesn’t make sense to me: the materials in the briefings shown so far were sanitized of military secrets (eg maps, certain categories of stuff), understandable for general distribution, but had diplomatic intelligence items that should’ve been sanitized too.
As stated by other commenter below – as an info-op, RF command isn’t going to believe this stuff anyway. The audience is the western public.
It would be trivial for some 3 letter agency to post documents on any random Discord account without the mark even knowing. CIA hacker tool leak shows this was possible years ago.
IMO someone higher up that wanted this info out lured the E3 in and the E3 took the bait. Unfortunately used him as the sacrificial lamb. In any case the Deep state will use this event to proceed to their next phase. Either off ramp from Ukraine war or get rid of JB or implement Restrict Act, distract from failing economy, IMF and CBDC this week, purge more military personnel not on the side of the Regime or a combo of above. One thing is for sure it confirms what most of us already knew about the proxy war and how our government and the state-affiliated media work together now and lie.
P.S. whatever happened to the TN transgender killer’s manifesto?! This Pentagon “leak” distracted everyone from that..!
A. Dane says
The WAPO and NYT are vilifying Jack Texeira by judging him guilty without any trial.
The media presented “facts” smells to high heaven.
During my time in the military I have never seen a 21 year old with a Top Secret clearance.
The personnel cleared for TS info were at least a Senior Sergeant.
At most, young staff his age might only have a SECRET clearance. And in such cases the Junior staff will always have a senior commander to monitor his work.
So why is Jack Texeira´s chain of command not arrested?
According to the Washington Post there are 300 documents in all.
If the Washington Post claim were true, then why would their reporters who hold no security clearance, be allowed to see and identify 300 different highly classified documents?
The Washington Post and the NY Times has helped the US Government to smear Jack Texeira as the leaker. This is possible because only a fraction of the population know basics facts about military security clearance.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
The Reading Junkie was a US military intelligence officer and he totally disagrees with your assertion that a 21 year old airman couldn’t have access to the documents:
Larry Johnson says
Well, based on my experience going back 35 years, he’s wrong. He has ZERO experience with CIA and I doubt he was read into SAPs.
Readingjunkie doesn’t know what he’s talking about. In that article there’s too many screwups.
thanks larry for all your valued input on this story and topic..
Barry Sheridan says
Yes, thanks Larry. I thought a youngster like that would not normally qualify for such a sensitive position.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Perhaps you could point out just where he is “wrong “? You know, a debunking of his article?
The affidavit filed at Court states he was granted Top Secret access in 2021. Then he would have been 19. I assume he never graduated college. Is the US Military so short of recruits it grants such a high security clearance to a teenager. The affidavit states it is believed he signed a security declaration although one was not produced. You would think this would be a prime piece of evidence that the FBI would secure in the first instance . The guy produced in the WaPo video, allegedly one of his group of teenagers, is too good to be true. He talked about Edward Snowden. When that broke he would have been in junior school. He spoke better than a seasoned politician. There are still too many irregularities . We will just have to wait for the other documents to surface.
John Q. Publicke says
You are all going down the wrong rabbit hole. The military routinely grants TS to 19 year olds. They are easy to process, and investigations can be done quickly. Imagine investigating a divorced and re-married 30 year old who has lived in 10 places and had 5 jobs a couple loans and some minor police interaction. Much harder and time-consuming than a recent high school graduate who still lives at home and maybe has had one job at the nearby restaurant or mall. I worked in an environment with a multitude of TS cleared young people and have 3 sons with TS – all of whom got their clearances at 19. This tin-hat direction of attention is useless and makes the participants look uninformed at best and stupid to those who know.
The affidavit filed at Court states he was granted Top Secret access in 2021. Then he would have been 19. I assume he never graduated college. Is the US Military so short of recruits it grants such a high security clearance to a teenager. The affidavit states it is believed he signed a security declaration although one was not produced. You would think this would be a prime piece of evidence that the FBI would secure in the first instance. If he has not signed such a declaration they may be no criminal case against him.The guy produced in the WaPo video, allegedly one of his group of teenagers, is too good to be true. He talked about Edward Snowden. When that broke he would have been in junior school. He spoke better than a seasoned politician. There are still too many irregularities . We will just have to wait for the other documents to surface.
Perhaps you could just stop acting like a 13 year old.
Well if he is innocent this is beyond a scandal and great injustice for this young man. When you participate in this level of skullduggery don’t be surprised if your caught and consequences for recruitment already strained become far worse. Why would I join the military? To possibly get setup and have my life destroyed.
An innocent moth enthusiast seeking the sun via manmade lightbulbs (not all of which are on by the way), with a convenient friend who runs another blog with views which echo the status quo.
And you fail to mention this article the kid’s stepdad is an Air Force military intelligence officer himself??? This whole thing stinks to high heaven that’s for sure. Probably because YES the CIA is run by idiots just like the entire country. I guess they play 5D chess too? lol
When I first saw this it reminded me of the strange case of Reality Winner. She apparently discovered a classified document purporting that Russia cyberattacked election software and spear-phished local election officials. One would think that was the smoking gun the Dems/Adam Schiff needed, but Robert Mueller never made anything of it and the US media ignored it. And she got caught in the most ridiculous way with the Intercept sending the US government the original document to verify. And then it went through an expedited court proceeding that produced no additional information.
Now this thing with an E3 looks similar. (sigh)
I agree with your assessment. He couldn’t have access to the documents, under normal circumstances with failsafes in place. Not that I know anything about such things. So what happened?. As I write in my recent article, partly inspired by yours, “Jack dunnit” is somebody’s version of the “dog ate my breakfast”. Thanks, as ever, for you insights.
Ian Kummer says
I’m Ian from Reading Junkie here, just to clarify, I was a public affairs nco, not an intel officer. I consult your writings here often, particularly after this “Pentagon leak” story broke.
Very young and junior people with TS clearances aren’t THAT unusual. Manning had a TS after all. And it’s a statement that’s very easy to prove or disprove. Are we suggesting that Jack Texeira does not in fact have a TS? Wouldn’t that be an incredibly easy lie for Texeira’s defense to disprove?
As for supervision, well, senior officers tend to wildly exaggerate how secure and shipshape their workplaces are.
I do 100% agree that it’s a bit odd that the alleged 300 leaked documents seem MIA, and it’s not impossible that some of this is deliberate disinformation. Though I have to ask what this would accomplish. No one in the Russian MoD or FSB is going to take these documents at face value – AND they’re ancient, so couldn’t be acted on anyway.
k. talaat says
Larry Johnson has placed an irrefutable Red Flag when he wrote:
“… the partial copy of the CIA Operations Center Intelligence Report. Both of us have had access to CIA systems available on the military servers and we have never seen the CIA Ops Center report on any of those systems.”
To any critical thinker, this is simply saying, regardless of the young man’s clearance and what the MSM says, he can’t have had access to this information and why a partial leak of such a report. Keep an eye on the ball and ask the question why this noteworthy piece in the mix? Is it incompetence or misdirection. Everything else is fluff.
Remember folks we are dealing with the Empire of Lies. It wages war by deception.
Hi Ian – Really fantastic that you should directly clarify your points. You run a great blog too.
I was reminded reading your comments that the heart of what we are pursuing is: what is true and what is false?
This applies to many readers like myself who read you, Larry, and others like Scott R, Ray M, the two Alex’s, Gonzalo Lira, MoA, Andrei M, etc. etc.
It is not about the winner of any game of who got it (guessed?) right.
Take care and as Ray McGovern recently said when signing off from his piece with Gonzalo L and Larry, “keep on telling the truth”.
k. talaat says
Jean-David Beyer says
Long ago, I had a SECRET clearance. I was in my mid 20’s at the time and I had never served in the military. I was working for a small electronics company with a contract with a branch of the US military. I had recently become a US citizen, having been born elsewhere and came here when I was too young even to talk. I did need the clearance for the work I was going to be doing.
In other words, it was pretty easy to get a SECRET clearance. I was initially interviewed by an FBI agent, and I assume they interviewed other people about me (though I never heard anything about that). Perhaps agents of the branch of the military did an investigation of me too; in any case, it was that agency that actually granted my clearance.
And, allegedly, “the kid’s stepdad is an Air Force military intelligence officer”
If true, this would probably help him to get early TS with unneeded scrutiny. And then help him to play with secret papers without unneeded supervision.
Sonny playing with dad’s work toolbox, a perfect family portrait…
Yeah, gotta agree, it stinks worse than three day old fish.
And the corporate media? They are doing their job, and that job is as government sponsored stenographers.
Fantastic analysis as usual, Mr Larry. I worry for the young man who will be tried in a biased trial and likely face life imprisonment.
Thanks for all you do and those that help.
Larry, the intent of this, to use Marion Barry’s words “Bitch set me up”, concocted leak. (Not of ducuments from the Biden garage, the Biden Center, or even the Supreme Court leaker – still can’t find that gal, better get ‘bellingcat’ on the trail) is to distract from a lot of bad news affecting the left, and to provide more ‘probable cause’ to further authrorize surveilance activities on the internet, especially of supporters of those opposed to Biden (Trump voters), in time for the next election. It’s has nothing to do with facts in Ukraine, which have been in the public sphere for those who know where to look. Yes, this particular airman is going to Leavenworth for a long time. Kind of like two of the Whitmer ‘kiddnappers’ set up by the FBI.
Some rates you enter boot camp E3 like navy nucs and his sounds like one. High tech Crypto… have to score high and are rewarded. Anyway just pointing this out to say he could be even more rookie than you think.
Pym of Nantucket says
The media were slipping already when they saw they were losing money and needed a payola operation. Then it went out of control during Covid when the governments of the world started subsidizing them because they agreed to distribute “health” information. In most countries the subsidies are in plain sight, not clandestine. Then on top of all that you have the infiltration by intelligence orgs and the money saving approach of relying on wire stories instead of exclusive reporting.
Henry Neild says
That is a very good point. I see that The Daily Telegraph receives £3 million pa from The Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation. That means they can pay 12 ‘top’ journos £250,000 pa each to report… narratives. Very sad. Thank God for the WWW.
The Telegraph is an absurd neocon megaphone. Most Ukraine articles are written by arms dealing “defence” pondlife. And of course the ludicrous Con Coughlin.
It’s a shame, because there some good stuff to read outside the geopolitics zone.
k. talaat says
The MSM is in a vicious cycle. The more people refuse to believle their lies, the more they have to take money to spread lies. Then another group of people refuse to believe their lies.
Is he a knowing patsy, or is he a victim? Or shit, maybe its him. I know what you say Larry. But you don’t expect Generals to fetch their own coffee. Rank hath its. You have to let the peasants in to sweep up. And what high ranker doesn’t have a shapely bottom around (male or female) for those long hours? And people talk in front of their subjects. And the USA is approaching Pre-Revolutionary France in our class distinctions.
But in any case. What is interesting? How much do any of us trust what the verdict will be? If they announced the sun was coming up tomorrow? I would not believe.
I went from a card carrying, John Wayne watching, kill a commie for mommie, damn near John Bircher to a “Don’t give me the detonator to the nuke in DC” guy.
How fucked is that?
On to better news. I am selling off my guns. Getting old, and don’t want to worry about them when I’m off to LBFM’s in Thailand. Couldn’t resist. Picked up a Beretta M1951 in primo condition. Italians make women, guns, and food well. 72 years old and grouped Gold Dots stunningly well. (And fed them)
This season, USGov Productions presents an exciting Wartime Spy drama.
Marty Mcfly says
Larry you are a patriot and as always, great analysis, keep doing what you do. Thank you! As you have mentioned before, cui bono? Things don’t add up, the story is too neat of a package. Where is this leading though? On the monetary side things are unraveling faster than anyone thought. Military, strategic issues are being exposed and it is not pretty. I see the trajectory, but is this someone trying to salvage what it can or is this internal struggle? Or something else? I get the impression I’m not seeing something in plain sight. Perhaps someone trying to prevent a tragic escalation?
Ask yourself what is more likely…
Someone high in government
*is risking their job to make information available against the wishes of their superiors
*is making information available in accordance with the wishes of their superiors
The FBI is involved instead of the DOD because
*its investigative skills are superior to the DOD’s
*it is more controlled by the people who made the information available than DOD
The “leak” was reported on while Biden et al were in Ireland because
*the timing was merely a coincidence
*the people who made the information available would not be available to comment on it
The “leaker’s” involvement with Discord
*was under the radar
*was known to his superiors
If you can’t answer these questions, you can’t properly analyze what’s going on with this.
cui bono? there’s one “bono” fer sure……the “story” of the leaks threw in (perhaps from among those 100 pages mentioned but NEVER seen): Cia/Mossad tried a “color revolution” in Israel with the pro status-quo judicial protests! Now that strikes me as particularly “useful”. After this “disclosure”, TV coverage of ISraeli protests…went crickets. Perhaps it did the same INSIDE Israel, pouring cold water…..?
Whatever you think of the security aspects of the “leaks”, there’s one “bono” that’s already proven “useful” from ex-post analysis! Hmmmm….
Intially thought, was hoping, that it was a push back, like the Hersh NS piece against the disaterous policy that seems to be leading to a nuclear war. Your last posts about the nonsence that a kid, national guard, very junior enlisted, is the perp correct that misconception.
Still hope that saner heads are looking at difusing the insane puch toward the big bang. Is this spin, a tacked on disinformation to gain control of the spin, or was it the plan from the begining?
Yeah, intesting times, no?
It all started with the consolidation of media news in the 1990s, so that what were a host of independent organizations were reduced to a few and these few owned and controlled by the Usual Suspects.
Indeed. Here in the UK The Guardian was still an outlier until 2015 and the Snowden business. Since then The Fraudian is neocon Central and the entire MSM is sewn up, with the Bandera Broadcasting Corporation leading the way.
Paul Antonio says
Teixeira is our patsy for the 21st century.
my pet issue with you united statesians:
why you think there is there is freedom of this and that due to some constitution?
I am sure north Korean constitution is well written too.
All i know is, there there is this “self evident truth” that some slaveholders did not want to pay what is due to their rightful liege.
A country is only as good as its people and the resources of the land. Free press? No country really has it. Was there enough newspapers to stop the entry of the US into WW1? Vietnam? Iraq?
Sorry for saying it.
I do appreciate you providing all these analysis.
“why you think there is there is freedom of this and that due to some constitution? ”
They have been told that in “schools”, and on TV, and in movies. Real civilizations have values that have been shaped over thousands of years. American colonists tried to artificially make one over night, by writing a “holy book”. Evey true patriot has to believe in the holy scripture, and talk about it, and quote it. If the holy book stops being holy, then everything migh crumble.
Jim S says
[quote]All i know is, there there is this “self evident truth” that some slaveholders did not want to pay what is due to their rightful liege. [/quote]
These men you disparage considered themselves loyal subjects of the Crown, and most of them had proven their loyalty during the French and Indian War (fought in Europe as the Seven Years’ War). In exchange for their loyalty, a British king had duties and responsibilities to his subjects–landowners, under the English system–as written down in the Magna Carta but established by tradition long before that document. In the aftermath of the Seven Years’ War, King George abrogated his duties and responsibilities to his loyal American subjects, ignoring English principles of government and effectively usurping power.
How are a people to respond when central authority breaches trust and gathers power for itself in disregard for law and tradition? It wasn’t an unprecedented situation then. It’s not an irrelevant question now.
The US Constitution expresses a system to contain power and prevent it from become overbearing. Clearly this has failed, but whether it has failed because of flaws in that system or because power has circumvented and ignored it–usurping it just as King George did–is very much open for debate.
North Korea’s constitution is designed to increase the power of central authority, not restrain it. Likewise, Communist China’s constitution vests all power in the state; the CCP explicitly scorns principles such as the balance of power, checks and balances, an independent judiciary, and a free press. Are these systems successful at concentrating power? Yes. Do they protect the peoples of North Korea and China from overbearing power? No, by definition.
I profess ignorance of modern Russia’s system and philosophy of governance. I would be concerned about over-concentration of power. I admire Vladimir Putin. I believe he genuinely feels duty and responsibility to the Russian people. But what of the person who succeeds him? Or the next? All governments become corrupted over a long enough time frame. Systems which concentrate power will become corrupt more quickly. With Russia, we know they are waiting in the wings.
Please reconsider your position.
Remember, Larry, that the NYT and WaPo only showed the government to have been lying about Vietnam after Nixon was in office. And it now seems that Watergate was a CIA plot to oust Nixon and replace him with Deep State Ford of Warren Commission fame. Whether it was Nixon, Reagan, Bush the Elder, Bush the Younger or Trump, the media has always had a greater animus toward Republicans – some of which was well-deserved, of course.
Andrei Martyanov says
Larry, it does stink to heaven even from my Soviet experience despite me having a Form 1 clearance in 1980s, but our enlisted personnel on the ships, unless we are talking about SPS (Increased Clandestine Communications) where enlisted operators comm guys did have access to seasonal comms materials (usually Top Secret or Special Significance –above top secret) such as code block-notes and other related materials, including hardware, had at best Secret level clearance and wasn’t allowed anywhere around “locked in safe” tactical manuals all of which have been Top Secret or Special Significance (Operational Manuals). Military-political level documents–primarily on need to know bases. It seems that we are witnessing desperate attempts to find the way out for Biden’s Admin. This leak is one such attempt.
Are you saying ‘JT’ had direct SCIF access to DOD and CIA documents: based on “enlisted operators comm guys did have access to seasonal comms materials (usually Top Secret or Special Significance –above top secret) such as code block-notes and other related materials, including hardware” ? And printed these himself?
And/Or: that this material was shared, after being printed out, with ” enlisted operators comm guys” ? Or might/could have been shared?
It seems that we are witnessing desperate attempts to find the way out for Biden’s Admin. This leak is one such attempt. — Andrei Martyanov
I agree, up to a point — a way out for the US, not necessarily Biden. This appears to be a multi-faceted operation, one aspect of which is intended to cast blame for Ukraine on Biden personally (and a few members of his administration — Milley and Austin immediately come to mind) to protect the IC, Pentagon and State.
In particular, note also that a stenographer from Biden’s Vice-Presidential days in the Obama Admin has, just now, come forward to accuse Biden of corruption that he personally witnessed (and recorded) aboard Air Force Two. Why now?
Biden is being scapegoated, and, if the botched Afghan pull out is any indication, this was set up long ago — previous to his “election”, I would contend. In fact, I think it possible Biden was chosen for this role precisely because he is so obviously corrupt and thereby easily scapegoated if the need arose.
There is more that could be said but, in particular, the leak addresses diplomatic failures (or creates them by revealing US spying on allies, for example) around the world in addition to outright lies about the war in Ukraine. Not to mention Sy Hersh’s revelations about the Nord Stream bombing via a high-level leak no one seems the least bit curious about in the media or USG.
It also provides, as many commenters have noted, political cover for passage of the Restrict Act…
Even if Texeira committed some technical infraction, it pales beside the scheming being done within the White House, especially by Jake Sullivan, whose only qualifications for being National Security Advisor are having been Hillary’s errand boy – fetching her Parkinson’s meds – and being a thoroughly evil psychopath.
Jerry Padgett says
This government is corrupt and not worth saving.
john clark says
Another very odd peculiarity about this episode is the WAPO interviewee. How did they find him? Why would he speak to them? We’ve been told that this group of gamers were teenagers, with Jack as their leader, the O. G. (old Guy) at 21. Yet the interviewee seems to have a grasp of the seriousness of this adventure and with a maturity beyond his alleged age. I have two sons in that age range, both bright and gamers. Neither of which have a clue
about the nuances of the Ukraine/Russia war and one of them is a Plebe at West Point.
Paulo Guerra says
Great observation about the media 50 years ago and today. It says everything about the state of Democracy. Because there is no Democracy without the scrutiny of all powers through the media. No way! And it is the highlight of this conflict much more than the conflict itself without any major surprises! Strange is how most don’t realize that they no longer live in Democracy or worse, they don’t even care!
Haven’t commented in a while. My experience with Navy applies:
1. IMHO, this is an IO/psyop. Too many discrepanies.
2. The kid’s position is typically poly.
3. Many TS positions without SCI require poly.
4. I never saw an E-3 in a TS SCIF.
5. I never saw the crossover of CIA Ops Center reports.
6. Everybody in a SCIF keeps an eye on everybody else. Cover your ass applies.
7. I never saw an E-3 with TS access. E-4 yes, but only Radioman, and always supervised by at least an E-6.
IMHO, the purpose of this IO OP is to push the criminal’s Reach/tiktoc act, as an excuse for failures in the proxy war, as a method to inform of some of the actual facts, and as a partial method to back off without the criminals ever having to admit their failures. (which they never do)
Ooops, I meant Restrict Act, not Reach!
Old Microbiologist says
I do it all the time as well. I keep calling it REACT rather that RESTRICT.
I agree with all that you summarized. An E-3 simply doesn’t have the life experience to get a 5 year in-depth background investigation. A TS by itself is difficult and SCI is yet another level way above a 21 year old capabilities. When I was enlisted I finally got a Secret clearance at the rank of SSG. When I became an officer I got my first TS at the rank of Major. Then I was a chem/bio program research director and still didn’t have SCI access. I simply didn’t need it or was it required. Even when I deployed to do on site testing during active threat detection scenarios I still only had a TS. It wasn’t until I was doing collaborative work for DHA and the CIA did I need an SCI. By then I was a retired officer working as a GS-15.
The point I am making is that soldiers at low ranks are not ever even considered for access so it is a ridiculous story perhaps just as bad as all the rest of the typical Bellincat garbage that our MSM swallows lock stock and barrel. Remember the Skripal story, or MH-17, the Navalny Novichok poisoning, or the ridiculous yacht story for the pipelines. It boggles the mind the juvenile attempts to peddle obvious and patently incorrect propaganda.
I will add my secondary ASI was as a PSYOP Officer back in my day only present in reserve forces and not active duty. That has all changed now and it has become a major player. It is clear the target audience in this fable is the American public yet again. The goal is to give a plausible exit from Ukraine and to restrict American citizen’s right of free speech. We should see some additional stories and perhaps a false flag or 2. I read one think tank piece recently that suggests killing wither Putin or Zelensky. The latter is the most probable as Putin is clearly impossible to get to.
So get more popcorn as the theater is just getting started.
According to Wikipedia the Skripals are living under assumed names in New Zealand.
And if you believe that, I have a nice bridge across the Dneiper to sell you!
that background check is optional – if someone has required talent and is recruited (we go to them) that can be waived to bring them in NOW –
you just get read in to compartments – based again on NEED for the project. no time requirement for that –
The obvious conclusion is that this is all set in scene, and the kid is an actor, and will get paid and will not ‘suffer’ too long. So it’s purely the propaganda value of the whole case, and how it can affect policy or law changes. Everything that doesn’t make sense then doesn’t matter, it is what it is, a badly executed fake, but they have so much experience with this now, it doesn’t matter how much it doesn’t make sense. (Or have I read too many of Miles Mathis’ stories recently..?)
Yeah, I agree with your honest opinion on the restrict act, and that this will indeed be used for maneuvering on the geopolitical stage too.
No doubt there are other goals also.
Blue Thunder says
As the saying goes: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.
My thinking as follows:
– Documents are probably legit
– Documents were leaked by others
– Jack T. just happened to come across them and re-forward
– Jack T. was used as the scapegoat (also fits the right demographic)
– Turn above mess around and use it to ram forth the Restrict Act
Main stream news are no longer reported after the fact in the “traditional manner”; rather a desired particular news is published and the corresponding facts are found that fit the narrative.
Pretty important observations. Confirms Larry’s hypothesis.
America has been Bolshevized and a quisling government installed. Key element in a coup d’état is tight control of mass media.
Carlton Meyer says
I’ve heard some say he was IT admin, so had access to lots. Really, our top, top secret systems are managed by a guy who didn’t attend college?
He isn’t accused of sending this stuff to the Russians or selling it for profit, so he’s a whistleblower, liked the famous Daniel Ellsberg! Why isn’t he celebrated by the NY Times and Washington Post for exposing lies?
Remember Biden’s speech warning of sinister MAGA gun loving nuts in our military that we must get rid of?
Remember, the “Restrict Act” is up for Congressional approval that will end the Bill of Rights?
Victoria Nuland just has a BA in history, and she’s running a chunk of US foreign policy that resulted in a brutally anachronistic war with a nuclear-armed opponent who just wanted to basically get along with us.
Imagine what some little torn-up Ukrainian kid in a Polish hospital thinks about the way the US government delegates responsibility. Maybe the kid is in too much pain to think about anything, but I know what I think.
Password: Nose says
You seem to forget that Nuland (Nudelman) unlike the 21 years old kid has the right kind of nose, as has Sullivan and Blinken
Yes it’s a little strange that a few weasels have taken over the US totally.
They where always overrepresented in the government and made a lot of the US foreign policy.
Kissinger comes to mind here…
But now the weasels want to bring us to the next Big war and nobody seams to realize the danger we all live in
And basically for a few weasel nutcases like Nuland
Blinken Sullivan Elensky and a few more we are risking humanity
That’s for me the insanity here
Reaction to the ‘leak’ is self revealing. US Government is not trying to deny the leak. They did not exactly react: “Nothing to see here! All the documents are fake.” They could easily do that and MSM would be happy to go with narrative like this if they were told to do so. US Government does not try to push whole leak under the carpet same as it was with North Stream. The ‘leak fiasco’ is being actively pumped up
IMO leak is out there because West is ready to push Ukraine under the bus
Ian Kummer says
Not confirming or denying is the standard response to a leak, and certainly not unprecedented.
Not confirming or denying but trying to mix it up with BS to obfuscate, perhaps?
It’s like putting out really wild conspiracy theories to label as ‘conspiracy theorist’ people who actually are on the right track of a genuine conspiracy /cover up.
Mark J says
You want me to produce your war?
…we need a theme, a song…some visuals….
We shot that scene on 1/4 scale at False Church Virginia
Texeira didn’t cover his tracks very well either by posting to a discord group where he is the creator/leader of said group. It was all-too-easy to track him down. If anything this is a testament to the sorry state of what passes for intel these days.
I have a relative who was a police union president in one of our many corrupt cities here in the US. One of the ways the bad cops would set up a good cop would be to send the good one out to check on an abandoned car in a remote location. The car would have cash scattered inside and hidden cameras.
So maybe this packet was dropped near the alleged leaker’s car in the parking lot as if someone dropped it. That could explain how the CIA doc got in there, but that doc would have to be critical to the message they wanted to leak since CIA insiders would know this information shouldn’t be in a military computer.
good analogy.. there are many others too.. bottom line, the kid stumbled onto, or was given something – he was set up and is not the originator of this… my take – he was set up… they needed a patsy and he is it..
George Kovachev says
A 21-year old, responsible for this leak? Pardon my french, but this is a complete bullshit. He isn’t old enough to have the necessary access for this information.
What the presstitutes are going to try to convince us next – that the guy is some kind of “uber hacker” who hacked his way into “classified network”? Aside from the fact, that this kind of information usually isn’t stored in an internet-linked network (at least – it shouldn’t be), the real world isn’t the “Wargames” movie.
Hubert A. Monteiro says
I didn’t realize that in America exposing the blatant lies we are being fed 24/7 by leaders of both political parties, the alphabet agencies and the military could land a person in so much trouble, like this boy will certainly face, for a long, long time.
The wheels on the bus don’t go round and round any more. The bus is up on blocks and the wheels stolen along with everything else.
Biden’s Afghanistan debacle they are trying to blame on Trump, I guess even these villains recognise that old garbage isn’t going to fly with the Ukrainian debacle.
Perhaps Secretary of Defence General Dylan Mulvaney can run as Biden’s VP in 2024, that should fix it.
It seems that this 21 year boy needs support with his defense. One way he could have been forced to do leak these pages would be to threaten his girl friend or a niece, the way they do in Hollywood movies. Kill the girlfriend’s baby sister’s puppy in an apparent accident and then make a telephone call on a burner phone “So scary accident! Lucky your baby sister did not injured in the accident. Better get your boyfriend to give the password to his gaming account or next time she may not be so fortunate”. The only thing this man can be accused of doing is to part with access to his gaming account under duress. An altogether different kind of crime.
In USA now it’s enough to say a girl he screw had his baby and we will ensure the DNA test comes out wrong.
Mar Vin says
If memory serves well, the only fact estalished so far is that the airman was an Admin of a private forum where papers were found that are alleged to be copies of secret documents.
Whether some or all of them are fakes or real is yet to be estalished, as is the question who put them there.
Hello Larry, I also read your interview on Sputnik. I don’t live in the US so one thing confuses me. Why would they use a patsy who fits all the check marks for who the govt despises, wouldn’t these leaks and exposing of lies make him a sympathetic person to everybody outside the media and people living in a liberal bubble? Didn’t the “white, Christian, pro gun, male etc” provide a valuable service in the interest of the general public?
Is this another timothy mcveigh kind of move where you use your own personnel to drive a situation down a certain path for a pre determined outcome rather than allow events to develop on their own? Americans are now going to offer less resistance to the Restrict Act while the government tightens the stranglehold of surveillance on everything and everyone
(Larry, before I comment, I really feel for you with the bot/spam problem. FWIW, I endorse any action you can take to ensure that only persons with proven bona fides should be accommodated here on this exceptionally valuable site.)
Did many think it odd that Jack Teixeira was futtering about on his deck unconcernedly whilst overhead was some clattering drone or chopper videoing him? I would have thought that a young trooper would have netter hearing.
At then there was that very polite arrest-lite.
One pities the vast squad of beweaponed goons in their APCs parked down on the roadside not getting any action.
BTW, what about Assange? When – not if – the gutless brits turn him over perhaps they could share a cell, yea unto their deaths.
Miss Christy says
Larry, I think those of us paying attention can see this is a sham. What I’m wondering is if this has any connection to the Restrict Act?
k. talaat says
I would think so. They want to criminalize the use of VPNs. They know the Internet has wrecked their lies and propaganda and more control over the narrative is needed.
I hate to burst your bubble but the technology is already out there to track a user using a VPN. Tor nodes as well. Your knowledge is more than 20 years out of date.
k. talaat says
Busby the Simp, your knowledge may be complete, but your wisdom hasn’t caught up with your inexperienced youth.
Haven’t you ever heard of the wise saying: don’t tell the blind he’s blind.
The 20 year old technology we old people built is what made you able to move it forward, remember that and don’t be a shortsighted fool, deck hand.
When the mass media claim that a 21 your old has access to top secret documents, they claim to be stupid. Whether this story is true or not, it leaves the impression of wonder, whether secrets are really kept in the NATO.
Anyway, the war is more important than this strange story.
One of the stories said that Teixeira was just an IT guy and a network administrator.
Wouldn’t that give him access to some documents even if he didn’t have clearance to
How was WaPo able to track this guy down?
John Q. Publicke says
All 3 of my sons got their TS at 19-20 in USAF. I used to work at the DoD language school in CA, and routinely served as a reference for young military members during their background investigations. Still think this young man is taking his oath of enlistment more seriously than any other higher ranking suck-up careerists. To defend against enemies, both foreign AND DOMESTIC.
According to German weekly paper DER SPIEGEL the reporters were at the scene of arrest long before the FBI arrived – they had even time to interview Taxeiras mother before!
Seems to me this arrest was a big mise-en-scène; only a FBI chief not quite all here would send the reporters in first warning the criminal by doing this.
„Zuerst tauchten dort Reporter der »New York Times« auf, dann kreiste ein Helikopter eines Bostoner TV-Senders über einem Wohnhaus an der Maple Street. Die Journalisten hatten den richtigen Riecher, denn wenig später stürmte ein Spezialeinsatzkommando des FBI das Gelände (…) . Aus dem TV-Helikopter wurde die Szenerie direkt übertragen(…). Noch kurz vor seiner Festnahme hatte Teixeiras Mutter vor ihrem Wohnhaus mit Reportern gesprochen. “
Jack Gordon says
We must keep an eye on the defense the kid puts up. I’d like to see lawyers like Alan Dershowitz or Robert Barnes come to his aid and reveal what really happened to him, name names. Larry is right, this whole story is something that only a public drunk on the pathetic shyte Hollywood churns out could accept.
When I was 20 years old I was a USN Electronics Warfare spec. I had Top Secret clearance because it was necessary to enter the two areas where our gear was – one in the CIC and the other top side on the O5 level which held the actual guts of the equipment we used. This was ’84/’85.
Even though I held TS I never, ever saw any thing like an intel summary. We prepped logs of the day’s activities and fed those to the crypto-techs. It was a one way street. Of course this was back before printers could do WYSIWYG and nobody had ideas about phones you could carry in your pocket. DARPA had yet to invent the chat room.
Even so, I too smell a rat. A huge pack of stinking rats…democRATS. And to think I used to vote for those fuckers. I apologize to all for having voted for Obama, though I only did so once.
Yes! I forgot about the EW’s having TS… besides the RM’s I mentioned in a previous post.
If I recall correctly, RMs and EWs had been in school long enough that most showed up to the ship as E-4s. And then they got to be mess cranks for 6 months! Nothing like shipboard life.
copy that – as you point out – out in the fleet is often different – great example.
HQ based opinions taken here as gospel. its annoying.
i have no idea why we have been talking for days about anything that has been promoted by nyt/Wapo so enthusiastically – obviously something msm media controllers wanted “out there”.
And again – there’s no new news here? so why are we even talking about this??
Salvatore Albanese says
A revolution with words is much better than a revolution with firearms. Too many people would die including me. Too many people old and young have the blinders on and are not open to let other theories, especially if the theories are solid via experience. United States citizens should be open arms with information that you have given. They are two quick rushing to judgment. Maybe when they go to the voting booth their conscience will be more intense on their decision. The left communists have to go, they are letting innocent people go to jail and letting the thugs go free. Letting the thugs kill innocent people. Thank God for the second amendment, I will never give that up never. Thank you very much for your hard work and wonderful information and God bless you and your family.
Frances Lynch says
Thank you, our Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times” seems to be well underway.
Could be the old counterintelligence trick: Leave phony TS documents lying around for some poor schmuck to pick them up.
Probably. If he was using Discord he was already on somebody’s radar.
Bread and Circuses says
After hearing last night, some briefing for the public about how the Pentagon and the government are thinking about how they should monitor more of the gaming chats and gaming discords to prevent such leaks in the future, its quite obivious ; leaks are a psyop and are used to usher in the Restrict Act.
Leaked docs may well be real, because most of what was in them was one way or another already known by those who actively follow the online bloggers like Larry here, MoonOfA, Simplicus, Aleks etc.
Too bad that there will be no more of legitimate online bloggers to follow, if the Restrict Act passes…
The media blockade will again be like those times when we had no internet, even worse now since all the big media are in the governments pocket and sings their songs, literally all things that are truth about coof, Ukraine, economic situation, etc – nowadays come first to light from individual online bloggers, only then when enough people are ‘in the know’ , the big media is forced to agree, like with coof, almost every one of the ‘conspiracy theories’ were proven to be true and the big media agrees with them now – couple years later when the damage is done, ofcourse….
They may well be somehow also be getting ready for the eventuality when they have to withdraw from the Ukraine op, and the ‘leaks’ could be used as one excuse, so double benefit.
Bread and Circuses says
After hearing last night, some briefing for the public about how the Pentagon and the government are thinking about how they should monitor more of the gaming chats and gaming discords to prevent such leaks in the future, its quite obivious ; leaks are a psyop and are used to usher in the Restrict Act.
Leaked docs may well be real, because most of what was in them was one way or another already known by those who actively follow the online bloggers like Larry here, MoonOfA, Simplicus, Aleks etc.
Too bad that there will be no more of legitimate online bloggers to follow, if the Restrict Act passes…
The media blockade will again be like those times when we had no internet, even worse now since all the big media are in the governments pocket and sings their songs, literally all things that are truth about coof, Ukraine, economic situation, etc – nowadays come first to light from individual online bloggers, then when enough people are ‘in the know’ , the big media is forced to agree, like with coof, almost every one of the ‘conspiracy theories’ were proven to be true and the big media agrees with them now – couple years later when the damage is done, ofcourse….
They may well be somehow also be getting ready for the eventuality when they have to withdraw from the Ukraine op, and the ‘leaks’ could be used as one excuse, so double benefit.
Cold War Corpsman says
Jack Texeira was groomed for months to play the scapegoat role in the intentional release of select information engineered by the CIA and DOD in an effort by both to salvage some credibility from the inevitable crash of the Ukraine narrative. The CIA and DOD want to be able to say “Look, we had the intel correct. We sent it to the White House and factions within the White House and the State Department disregarded our analysis.” Texiera is a sacrificial pawn; so much so that it is laughable. The unimaginative goons at DOD and CIA that came up with this scheme where in such a hurry (or so incompetent) that they simply went for the low hanging fruit.
J Palmoney says
I doubt he was groomed, just manipulated and monitored. The leaked “intel” is just third-rate information being used as window dressing and it has no relevance to what’s going to happen “over there.” Its intended to be used domestically.
By 2017 or 2018 Max Keiser on rt.com interview a lady that worked for the US government who said the Deep State is divided, and that explained why Trump was elected.
This leak might confirm that.
Unfortunately I dont remember or have direct link, but it was on youtube when Max Keiser conducted a program on it.
Paulo Guerra says
Great observation about the media 50 years ago and today. It says everything about the state of Democracy. Because there is no Democracy without the scrutiny of all powers instituted through the media. No way! And it is the highlight of this conflict much more than the conflict itself without any major surprises! Strange is how most don’t realize that they no longer live in Democracy or worse, they don’t even care!
Miss Ann Thrope says
the state of democracy is mob rule, which is why the constitution requires a “republican form of government” for every state
Destructive children in high places says
Yes a stipulation that cannot be stated too often. Just as in our form of govt in the constitution is better than parliamentary form but some of the permanent bureaucracy and all of the current administration need to be replaced as well as those statutes that conflict with constitution and Bill of rights. This is what most people likely mean when they say “we need a new govt”. The current administrative laws outlawing the teaching of US civics need to be overturned in an overt public way.
Poison Frogs says
It would be easier if we look at these ‘leaked documents’ story a bit different by making a parallel with the blowing us of the NS1&2 pipelines, and other similar operations. All have in common a detailed level of execution of a seemly impossible task. Get some ‘Top-Secret’ documents from a highly secured site, and blowing up 3 underwater pipelines in a high traffic and surveyed marine area. We can also agree that neither of these operations were done by amateurs, but by a group of people with access to resources and training.
Also, we know that the experts can’t touch the ‘leaked documents’ to provide that they are authentic, because the are ‘Top-Secret’ and they are pictures of the actual documents. So, without a proper analysis, the information contained could be anything under the sun, written by any actor foreign or domestic. Similar, the NS1&2 can’t be examined by any independent teams of expert. The only, party spoon feeding ‘the truth’ is the MSM, through WaPo and NYT, because they are now experts in anything (that be itself is an aberration).
Regardless how the Top-Secret documents were obtained, and how the charges were placed around the pipelines, again a commonality is that there is *a time lag* of few months between the preparation phase, and when the public became aware of the breach. Few months in the case of the pipelines (charges were placed during some military exercise), and just over a month for the documents (the pictures of the documents were uploaded on the public gaming server, way before anybody was made aware that the documents exist).
By the time the pipelines charges were remotely detonated, or when the 21-year-old ‘super-spy’ was made aware of the Top-Secret documents, the real perpetrators were long gone, and their tracks were covered. With WaPo and NYT left in charge to inform the American public.
Which leaves the questions, WHY?
For the NS1&2 the answer seemed to be to deter Germany softening her stance with Russia by importing NatGas from Russia, while for the ‘Top-Secret’ documents it seemed to have something to do with the goal of blanket increase online surveillance.
Horne Fisher says
I think the whole bizarre incident regarding the leak is just brought forth to justify censorship. It feels like the US is about to do something big. I just can’t believe all of their actions and statements as of late could possibly be chalked up to just incompetence and general stupidity.
If they are planning something big that will require censoring dissenting voices on social media, this gives them cover under the umbrella of national security.
Cmon man! Every thing about this UniParty swamp is Wag the Dog
Something really big happened. The old system of money is no longer. Very soon we will all see something that is going to blow our minds.
I know for certain everyone reading my words is going to scoff and belittle this. So be it. But you won’t pretty soon. You will wake up one day and look around and you will see you will know the truth.
It is incredible. Better than we can fathom. Something unlike anything in history is about to happen to us. Believe. It is free. And whats coming is the kind of free we have never known. Garrauntee it. You’ll know. And its already begun.
We all will have more wealth than we can imagine. Because the old system of money no longer controls the source of where money comes from. All the cuts all the filthy lucre the old system sucked out of what is wealth no longer are part of what money is. And all that money”they” used to take, steal etc does not exist. All the wealth we each create, no longer does anyone or anything take a piece of. That is no longer.
And sitting waiting now, and every service bank in the world has where it can see it in real time, but not yet get access nor access codes to it, deposits representing every person on Earth. It is in the form of gold, with paper money represented at a 50-1 Ratio each depository in each bank of this physical gold. And nothing, no system no tyrant no potentate no IRS nothing and nobody has acess to our wealth now sitting in each bank, nor wil they in any future. And each bank if it so chooses, now will only function as a service bank, services rendered to each person as depositor of each of our deposit put in there representing what each if us are worth. Which before was taken from us because we where literally farmed as sources of where all money comes from. We where slaves. Not any more.
It is hard to comprehend. The old system is gone it no longer controls anything all that remains is an old system with old people running it who still think they control everything and a slug of old controlled wealth rapidly heading for the end of the vast old conduits where they used to control all the wealth and money. No new money is coming in to the old system, they see that, they keep trying to break into the new system but that is now imposdibke but they think they will and get the old system back up running, but in the meantime they are stealing everything, from everything, every grain of wheat every pennywieght of gold mined, everything they can get their meat-hooks on and every scam and grift to oart anyone and everything from its existing wealth/money but thats ending also.
The money deposited in every bank in the world represents each of us and our intrinsic value. The new system only permits these banks to operate as service provider banks. That is it. But they recieve very lucrative funds for these servicrs, so much so it is more money than they could ever make for services or anything than they imagined was possible. And that compounds outwards also, thru a myriad if services and contracts etc. Ni longer are their central banks and such, they all no linger have any power nor access to money. It is done. Finished. The real wealth each if us represent which we always have as each if us represent the value of which determines how much money is derived from the source of all money ie wealth. Everything and everyone who used to in the old system steal and divide up amongst themselves no linger can do this, they have no access nor will they and their old system of money be able to. Every penny of what we are really worth no belings to us, to each if us, and it is sitting in real time where each service bank can see it in real time. No access codes into the new system are yet given to each bank. The date where access codes are given is coming soon, and it is partly predecated, the access codes, oneach bank agreeing and committing to becoming service banks that service each if us and our money sitting in each bank, the banks can not use a penny of our money, only perform the services that come with caretaking and holding safely in comolete reserve each if our wealth. They take nothing. They receive lucrative generous pay for services from the new system.
It is difficult to fathom. For 5000 years the human race has been slaves, milk cows, our wealth squeezed from us, and given into that old system. That ended recently.
The new system, it’s Guardien and the Guardien’s assistants are waiting for all the old system people to get on board and come together and share in more money than was before imaginable. Because the old system no longer controls the source of money. But time is growing short. Many in the old system are no longer. You may have noticed many old ones are gone, more are going, never seen again, they are dropping like flies and the old system is desoerate to hide the fact fromus, while stealing everything not nailed downto stay afloat. But the end of that is coming rapidly.
There is more wealth for us now than we can imagine, it is almost incomprehensible how much wealth. Along with that because there is so much wealth in the new system, freed from the old system, there is no use for taxes or even governments as we know them. Only setvices, like healthcare and roads and such, which are paid for out of the system because the system is designed and set up to generate more money out of all this wealth which no one or anything controls like it was in the old system.
Pretty soon. There will be no crash. The dollar will never crash. We people will not face calimity because the ild system is crashing because not only the old system no longer controls the source if money it-they no longer control our wealth. It-They can not access the new system. All the old system simply no longer works. It is dead. It is simply ghrashing around trying to survive onwhat is left. And that is rapidly approaching its end. Pretty soon, we will all see.
Larry is right, too much spam and bot activity.
James Cook says
Everyone commenting here is way to focused on the details……. how a 21yo E3 ‘could’ have pulled this off by himself. Yup, they got your focus narrowed down nicely!
With their media division, they can find this E3, but still cannot locate the Gilligan’s Island crew that blew up Nordstream??????????
I think, that maybe Jack was also a crew member of the Andro.meda or at least a guest on the boat and ‘the Professor’ gave him those top secret documents to leak on-line to help throw the authorities off the trail of the Gilligan Island Crew.
Leaking TS docs with some ‘truths’ will completely focus the attention away from the Gilligan’s Island pipeline op!!!!!!
Kelley Meehan says
To put the leaks and their projections for the Ukrainian counteroffensive in context it is important to recognize that “several warnings” have already been communicated to the West regarding the use of depleted uranium in that counteroffensive.
Specifically, in answer to the thirteenth question at Wednesday’s press conference we can read:
“Despite several warnings London has not abandoned its plans, which we consider malicious. Maybe they hope they will get away with this crime again like in Yugoslavia, Iraq and other countries.
No. They should not hope for that. This time, they will answer for this crime.”
The Western intelligence agencies presumably have been aware of this, now public, threat for some time.
We have seen the IC do this same thing over and over.
The Patriot Act was accomplished in the same fashion create an event to bolster your political objectives.
It all has do with stealing power from the people.
Media is reporting on form, not content, just exactly the way Hillary was successfully able to bluster her way through the email and DNC leaks. They claimed 300,000 Russian deaths when it was closer to 30,000. Do not let this basic fact be blackholed by your media and leaders.
Who still believes US investigations?
KLEBER MACEDO says
This sounds for me exactly as that “likely” history about the FBI and CIA identified the terrorists in 9/11 by finding their passports intact after the cataclysm of WTC.
Another thing I noticed: this guy’s family’s name is Teixeira. Isn’t a WASP surname. It’s a Portuguese or Brazilian one. If this guy was chosen to be the scapegoat of all this pile of crap, has another subtle meaning: Divide and rule. Prejudice…. Maybe I’m wrong. Just saying….
I don’t find it unusual that a 21 year old Airman had a Top Secret clearance.
In the 1980’s, I was an enlisted software developer for the Defense Support Program(Google it). There were a number of folks on our development teams that were fresh out of tech school. All of us had to have TS clearance.
What I find preposterous is that this kid, did this without assistance. This whole thing stinks.
Just because you have a TS clearance in one area doesn’t mean you have access to all TS(SCI)! You can’t just walz into SCIF with a phone, print out TS documents and photograph them without leaving a trail. The airman had computer security and INTEL NCOICs & OICs, were they always on coffee break ? And as Larry said how did he get internal CIA & FBI documents? He was targeted and feed the documents
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
I don’t find it implausible that these documents were made available to a suspected security risk with the hope that he would leak them. Happens all the time in counterintelligence and would explain all known aspects of this matter.
Compare reporting then and now.
Inside A White Supremacist Militia in Ukraine
Two years later:
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the “Spirit of Ukraine” named Time Magazine’s Person of The Year
Michael Droy says
Quite. Ridiculous that the airman goes to prison and the lets say 15 officers and NCO supervising him who are complicit in him seeing the docs, let alone copying them do not.
Ergo a complete lie.
No point wasting time on it really – it is one of those MH17 / Skripal things that make so little sense, are supported by so little evidence, but which if true would come with an abundance of evidence.
Which of course is the whole purpose of it – cover up the real story – that when faced with clear evidence of the deceit to the public on Ukraine (and therefore the several hundred thousand unnecessary dead conscripts), the western media ignores the topic.
The Owl says
Mr. Johnson, you’re making some assumptions that may lead to flaws in your logic.
MY entirely subjective opinion is that Teixeira is responsible for some of the documents, there’s a second group which the government is much more worried about, and a third that are fakes released to obscure and discredit the rest.
I have not personally seen more than maybe a dozen of the documents, but I haven’t gone looking either … I assume my IP would be flagged more than it already is if I did, and there doesn’t seem to be much I could glean from them that our independent journalists like you (Larry), Simplicius, etc. are examining and reporting on.
That said, my understanding is there were/are THREE tranches of documents. So, assuming they all came from the same source can lead to flawed logic.
My understanding also, is that the different tranches are quite different in subject.
First is the stuff most widely seen in independent analyses regarding the war in Ukraine, (and, I could be wrong, but none of those appear to be classified higher than secret). This all plausibly *could* have come from Teixeira and the discord server.
Second is the largest group of documents, NONE of which I have seen, that are more general worldview. The stuff with the spying on allies, etc.
Third is the only group of documents that the mainstream media provided any detail, apparently coordinated. This group of documents smell like propaganda: we have spies inside Russian military, there’s a plot to overthrow Putin, etc.
So, that CIA document could have come from the second group, from an entirely different source. And that group of documents is the group the government seems most worried about.
So, , I suspect that there’s some smoke and mirrors going on here, with efforts to put the spotlight on Teixeira, while also using the opportunity to release some propaganda and simultaneously discredit the legitimate documents they’re most concerned about.
I could, of course, be way off base, too.
I’m old enough to remember when people used to try to discern what was really happening in the Kremlin during the 80s – which general was under a cloud “out”/”in”, what the hard-liners were doing, what the doves wanted, who was hiding corruption etc. We called those people “Kremlinologists”. I submit the situation has changed to the extent that we now need “Washingtonologists”. I can see the actions of internal factions in DC in so many scandals now – the charges of removal of secret papers in Trump’s possession – and then the tit-for-tat discovery of secret papers in Biden’s possession. (As the Biden top secret papers were removed many years ago, someone in the deep state had to be saving a marker for a moment like this.) The Trump felony charges of course … and then there is Seymour Hersch’s source for Nordstream and the recent $400 Zelensky embezzlement of diesel.
Why would they come up with this story about a 21 year old child who has access to the highest security levels in the government?
Theory 1: They don’t know who leaked and need something to tell the press so it can appear they’re still in control. Obviously, the confession is an act. They must have some plan to pull the kid out of prison when he is convicted. There are a lot of moving parts here. Loose lips …
I don’t know what kind of forensic evidence is available. Would the leaker be smart enough to cover his tracks completely? Or is Las Vegas CSI on the case?
Theory 2: They don’t know who the leaker is but he can only be one of a very very select group. They need time to flush him out. Think “Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy”. For the moment they need a “Ricky Tar”.
Theory 3: They DO know who the leaker is but revealing him would be incredibly embarrassing (and possibly dangerous?). They’re “keeping their friends close and their enemies closer”. Think “The Godfather”.
So Larry, don’t keep us in suspense? What’s really going on here in your opinion? Thanks.
Jeffrey Gongwer says
I can only speak from my own experiences, but I had TS(SCI) as an E3 US Army 98C Russian at FSA Augsburg in 1991 and worked in B-shop (analysis) of the SCIF. Of course I primarily was only involved in translating and reporting raw intel to higher authorities and never had any access to any CIA intelligence or war planning. Later in my Army career as a 98G Arabic I can say I never was at the receiving end of intelligence but always someone generating intel for higher authority. But yes, an E3 can, and historically they have had TS (SCI) access.
Frederick Herschel says
Can’t read through all the comments, to see if this has been said before (Wolfie69 comes close).
This guy was in a relationship with someone who wanted to impress him with the documents. “The Third Man”.
They are talking about this guy getting 15 years jail time for this? Come again? They diverted the Bolivian President’s plane for Snowden. He’ll be out for good behavior in 5. Will he ever give up the guy above him? Probably not.
Theater. Just theater through and through. Purpose? Best guess: “Gosh, after these leaks, Ukraine just won’t be able to start a Spring Offensive, so I guess we’ll just have to negotiate a peace.”
Just one little tiny problem. VVP ain’t negotiating anything. Ever. Those days are over. “Sue for peace” is more like it, although this is a nice try.
James K says
Not really a leak — just some clever, targeted info + disinfo generated by the government with a fake little “Texeira” story all designed as a fake excuse to ultimately push down more government censorship against the media + individuals (along with possibly destroying some other rights as well) here in the United States.
I have a theory, dubious as it may sound, about the publication of the Pentagon Papers. I agree that the release was done under extremely stressful and dangerous conditions for Daniel Ellsberg, and that he should be forever honored for that release and for so much else he has done since then.
However, I also believe that but for the animus against Nixon by the Intelligence Services, for Nixon’s opening to Communist China and the Strategic Weapons agreement with the Soviet Union, as opposed to the influence of the anti-war movement (recall that it seemed to evaporate after Nixon abolished the draft)- the Washington Post and New York Times might not have published the Pentagon Papers.
Ben Bradley at WAPO was a member of the Washington Establishment and its connection to Allen Dulles and the CIA. He was known to have suppressed information about the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer, wife of CIA operative Cord Meyer and JFK’s mistress, and what her diaries could have revealed about the JFK assassination, and Bradley later kept WAPO from delving into Iran-Contra. The NYTimes also had, and still has its ties to the State Department and intelligence services.
While I am no apologist for Nixon, it should be noted that it was only someone with his history, experience and political ties that could have engineered the detente with China and the Arms agreement with the Soviets- just like it was only someone like Ellsberg, a direct participant in Pentagon planning, who could have released the Pentagon Papers.
This is just a personal opinion by a layman.
Oblomovka daydream says
Alexander Kots (Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist) reports from the centre of Bakhmut
Old people greet Russians with tears in their eyes, the air is filled with iron: Report by Alexander Kots from the center of Bakhmut
Ukraine lost 32,000 people in the Artyomovskaya meat grinder
– Is it ours? – the roar of a tank engine (it is difficult to confuse it with something) gradually filled the dawn silence in a couple of blocks, and just in case, I check with our escort, a Wagner PMC fighter.
We have already walked the central district of Bakhmut (Artemovsk) , approaching the western outskirts. A couple of streets away from us, stormtroopers were preparing to attack several houses in the private sector.
– Our handsome man, – the “musician” smiled.
At the end of the street, a T-90 “Breakthrough” appeared with scouts on the armor. Having caught up with us, they dismounted, and the car, having approached the intersection, turned the tower to the left, moved the barrel, aimed something and hooted, “spitting out” white smoke from the cannon. The dilapidated house behind him seemed to stagger, and crumbling bricks rattled against his helmet.
I go inside from sin away, except for the stairs, nothing has survived here. I go up to the third floor, point the camera from the window – the most modern Russian tank in urban areas looks terribly bewitching. With each shot, the stairs tremble underfoot, and the tank keeps hitting and hitting. Having fired almost all the ammunition (I counted 17 shots), he famously jumps out to the intersection, turns sharply, at the same time setting the tower on course, and gracefully retires down the street, covered by multi-storey buildings.
– It’s time for us, too, – the accompanying scout hurries. – Until the “answer” arrived.
SOMETHING EXPLODES EVERY 10 SECONDS
Thus began my second day in Artemovsk, which this time I drove from the south side. Prior to that, he came from the north and east, but it’s easier to get to the center from Experienced, a satellite city of Bakhmut, from which no stone was left unturned during the fighting. As well as from almost all villages on the way from Debaltseve. Broken huts, burnt equipment, scorched engines of the plane that crashed in Zaitsevo… Drizzling rain added gloominess to an already depressing landscape.
You look out the window and try to imagine how hard these territories were given to the assault groups. In the daily front-line reports, everything looks simple and faceless. But here you realize that at the cost of the lives of our fighters, tens of kilometers of Russian land have been liberated in recent months. After all, these are not just points on the map – huge spaces between settlements, for which the enemy clung.
Behind the wheel of a trophy right-hand drive Ford pickup truck is a cheerful joker (the guys asked not to name even their call signs). He served in the army, in the marines. At the end of the contract, even before the start of mobilization, he resigned and joined the Company.
How did you get the pickup?
Yes, he got lost. He mixed up the addresses and drove to us. He asks: “Sashko where?” We told him: “Password”. He: “Mariupol”. We: “Wrong, we have Rostov.” And that’s it, it’s standing, clapping its eyes. Thanks for the car.
We fly through Opytnoye, along a broken road that has turned into a cemetery of burned-out cars, our driver winds as if he had been involved in motorsport all his life.
“Here you have to move fast. Here, a couple of days ago, a sniper was working on this building from a long-range gunner. Therefore, the movement here is fast. There are skyscrapers ahead, from which they can work on us, – he nods forward.
It offers a view of the multi-storey Artemovsk. To the right, about 200 meters away, something explodes. Here at all something explodes every 10 seconds. You quickly get used to this background.
– Here is the center, – states our guide.
“WE DO NOT WANT TO GO TO THE OTHER SIDE”
We skip several intersections, turn into the yard, jump out of the car and slide into the basement, where the Wagner reconnaissance platoon is organized. A minute later, civilians are brought in after us. As they advance, the “musicians” take civilians out of the danger zone.
“Luda,” a woman with a small dog in her arms smiles. – Here, thanks to the guys got out . Why did you stay in the city? Firstly, we are already old, we built a house for our old age, everything was there. It was a pity to quit. Two dogs again…
The fair-haired woman has unnaturally red cheeks, on which the capillaries appeared like cobwebs. The blood rushed to his face, the pressure must have risen a lot. But she smiles happily. Although there is little joy in the situation, frankly.
– The guys came, they said – evacuation, take documents with them. For about 30 minutes they got out under fire, it was hard. But the guy who accompanied us was very nice, didn’t hurry, stopped, waited for us to come up. Thank you very much, we arrived without incident.
We are neighbors, we went out together. My father is still being dragged on a stretcher, he is wounded, – the man is trying to catch his breath. – Shrapnel shrapnel leg four days ago. We sat and waited to be evacuated only to this side, that side does not suit us. I would have been taken to the Ukrainian army. We also have pigeons, plus the parents are too heavy, so they stayed.
“I was wounded, I was treated for a month,” his elderly, but good-looking mother, Tatyana, chatters.
In his hands he pulls flowers, tearing off a leaf – Mother and stepmother and Proleska. Tore it off while they were evacuating. Protective psychological block, diverts attention from the surrounding horror. I ask how the Ukrainian “zahists” (defenders) behaved.
“Yes, we almost never saw them,” the man says. – They will jump – they will jump out. Today I went to look at the neighboring house, and there are five more soldiers sitting there – crests. They grabbed me by the pulley, I thought, that’s it, they won’t let me go. They say: “You have no faith.” I almost cry, my parents are there, I say, they are lying, I can leave. He reluctantly let go. Literally three houses away from us, they were sitting with machine guns, grenade launchers, when the guys came for us.
– They all came to us in soot, they asked for directions, how they say to move to the railway station. “How do you live here,” Tatyana Mova depicts. – That is how we live. Apparently they were kicked out and they fled, in a hurry.
What have you been doing all this time?
– Humanities mostly. Civilian volunteers opened a point with a Starlink plate, gave canned food, it was possible to go online … We have had no electricity, no water since the summer. Collected rain, melted snow.
Tatyana is from Dagestan, from Derbent. She studied in Volgograd, where she met her husband, a Soviet officer, originally from Artemovsk. They moved here after retirement. This is him now, wounded, being dragged on a stretcher by the Wagnerites.
– We have relatives in Narofominsk, Murmansk. Where will you show us? I am gray-haired, not made up. In general, I am very cheerful, I am 75 years old, – a woman surprises with her cheerfulness.
“Now we will deliver you to the evacuation center, the doctors will examine and send you further,” instructs the 53-year-old reconnaissance platoon commander, whom his subordinates often call not by call sign, but simply by Batya. – Everything terrible is behind, now everything will be fine.
They bring Tatyana’s elderly wounded husband.
– How did you get hooked?
– There was shelling, I did not have time to hide, I fell. Immediately in the arm, and in the back, and in the leg. My son and a neighbor pulled me out, if not for them, he would have bled to death.
– You served in the Soviet army. Is it hard to watch now?
– Yes, how … For me, the Soviet Union is the Motherland. Otherwise, I would not have been hiding here, not waiting for the Russians, I would have left with crests. And I was waiting, I thought you would come quickly, I have the Order of Labor Glory, – the old man’s tears well up.
The uniformed boys turn away, their jaws flexing furiously. Civilians get into a battered car, which takes them to the rear. And we, together with Batya, go for a walk in the center of Artemovsk, running across the open spaces under fire.
Along the roads – iron anti-tank hedgehogs and concrete gouges. It seems that Kyiv was preparing to repel tank wedges. But infantry entered the city, for which these barriers are not an obstacle. Center, Freedom Square, dug around the perimeter. The defensive value of these fortifications is doubtful. They could easily be swept away by artillery from Experienced. In general, it seems that Bakhmut was not seriously prepared for defense inside in engineering terms.
– And it is, – Batya confirms, while we pass the House of Culture on the way to the City Council. – Maybe they just drank the allocated money. The soldiers were simply shoved into the houses, from which we had to knock them out. The prisoners were taken in batches.
– And why is it taking so long to liberate the city?
– Very strong resistance was on the way to Artemovsk. And then we just broke it. We reached the center from the south in two weeks. At first, the units were different, powerfully resisted. And here they put in the defense from Vinnitsa, Transcarpathia, from Nikolaev. But in general there were a lot of shouts that it was an impregnable fortress. Not so impregnable. And not a fortress. They did not even sit in the trenches dug in the center. Everyone was in residential houses, and when they left, the nine-story buildings were folded so as not to leave us heights. But even now they do not run from their positions, they resist.
The Ukrainians also blew up the City Council building to avoid unnecessary symbolism. Russian flags were hoisted over a pile of bricks, formalizing the legal capture of the city.
Dad is from Ukraine. His father and brother were killed by the “Pravoseki”, he went to the militia, fought in the LPR. And in 2016, when the “hot phase” of the confrontation subsided, he moved to Wagner. He has military experience in Africa.
– Here they had a food warehouse, – the commander of the reconnaissance platoon shows the charred inside of the house with columns on the central square. – And almost at every intersection in the basement was equipped with an ammunition station. During the retreat, they abandoned their ammunition, thanks to them for that. Once again, we do not waste time on logistics. Yes, you can come down and have a look.
In the basement – a pile of boxes. Here is a real arms international. American grenades, Czech cartridges for Kalashnikovs, Bulgarian shots for grenade launchers… All this goes into action and returns to the enemy – literally and figuratively.
– Guys, lay down on the ground, the lower, the safer, I need you alive, – in the meantime, Batya is leading the assault on the radio.
Its fighters are storming private houses in the western quarters of Artemovsk . This is the rest of the city under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We climb to the surviving high-rise, which offers a panoramic view of the battlefield. Flashes of gaps flicker in the white smoke. Shells flying in both directions rustle in the air, the cannon of our BMP bangs from the side. The air is literally stuffed with iron. On the hill opposite, a nine-story building, in which the enemy sat down, was engulfed in flames. In the back of the room, a machine gunner watches this through binoculars. In front of him, a large-caliber machine gun peers through a broken window.
– The enemy (in fact, it is called obscenely synonymous with the word “gay”, and the other side uses the same epithet in relation to “musicians) has two 200s and two 300s (killed and wounded. – Ed.), They say sometimes they want to give up, sometimes they don’t want to, – his walkie-talkie wheezes.
“Well, they don’t want to, let them burn,” someone answers phlegmatically.
There is no time for sentiment. Either you or you. No one will take unnecessary risks. The stage of chivalry has long passed.
– We support our guys, if you need to sort out some positions, – the machine gunner explains. – We work at different distances, we had to 2.5 kilometers. The machine works well – DShK, the good old machine, helps out. The main thing is accurate, albeit old.
Shoulder not fall off?
– Normally, compared to the “Kord” or “Cliff” there is almost no return. The main thing is to install properly.
FORMER CONS FIGHT COURAGELY
An evacuation team is on duty in the basement of a neighboring building. Their task is to pull the wounded out from under fire.
– Stormtroopers also help us, we all interact, – the commander of the evacuation group meets us. – Our fighters can both fight and provide first aid, they have mastered it in the training camp. In addition to ours, we are also withdrawing civilians. Most of us are glad to see, they meet us with smiles. The enemy, by the way, does not stop firing during the evacuation of civilians. Just recently, grandparents were pulled out, taken out from under fire. On the other side, the grandmother was killed by machine gun fire. It happens that the soldiers of the evacuation teams die, not without it.
– What is the algorithm of your work?
– Algorithms are only in books. Here you drag the fighter as long as you can. The guys come running to help. There is no such thing that you have a certain segment, then you quit and left. You pull on your hands as long as you have the strength. Rewind, stop the bleeding, give painkillers. Then we pass it on to the medical services. They are transported to the rear. During my service, no one died in my arms.
– How long have you been fighting?
– Here since December, 17th.
– What did you do before that?
– I’m in the Project, – he is a little embarrassed.
The project here is called the recruitment of former prisoners from places of deprivation of liberty. The recruits themselves are called “designers”.
– What did he sit for, if not a secret?
– For terrible things … Reluctance even to speak. Weapons, shootouts, fights…
Batya says that those recruited from the colonies fight bravely, and many, after being pardoned, return to a second contract.
– I am very proud that one of the fighters of my platoon, a former prisoner, received a state award personally from the hands of the president, – the commander of the reconnaissance platoon admits.
Following the tank that worked on the enemy, we leave Bakhmut to the rear waiting area. The rear – conditionally, the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues to process the ways of approach to Artemovsk. But he does it already without a spark, doomed. We are interested in the details of the morning sortie with the crew commander.
– The enemy has a dominant height there, ours are in a lowland, he is watching us. It was necessary to demolish the building on which the cameras are standing, watching our movements, – he explains casually. – We demolished the upper floor, below the trees interfere, but they threw cumulative ones there, I think they liked it.
– Is there any rethinking of the use of tanks here?
– Certainly. If earlier the tank was the main striking force of the Ground Forces, now it is more of a means of supporting the infantry. Tactics have changed dramatically. With the modern saturation of the front edge with anti-tank weapons, there can be no powerful breakthroughs in technology. They have both NLAW and Javelins – a lot of money, we will immediately lose the car. The infantry goes forward, stumbled upon resistance, we drive up, work out, attack aircraft move on.
– How long have you been fighting on the T-90 “Breakthrough”?
– Seventh month.
– A tenacious car, what’s the secret?
– I won’t reveal everything. We don’t jump out at a fool, first you will walk on your own legs, look, and determine the escape routes. You will agree with the infantry, you will establish cooperation, how they will cover you. Only after that you go to the firing position. The car is expensive, it’s a pity to lose it.
– How long have you been with the Company?
– Since last April. I also took Popasnaya. I sat at home, watched on the Internet how our troops acted, and just wanted to help. Not for money – for the idea.
– Have you served before?
– Yes, I rose to the rank of senior officer, 23 years of “calendars”, 30 years of total service, retired in 2020. I try to complete tasks 100%. Never broke down. I have an old tank from June, for a thousand shots – not a single delay or misfire. We monitor the situation thoroughly. They rely on you, you cannot fail.
– How do you rate the T-90?
– A very good car, especially when there is something to compare with. Compared to the T-72B3, there is more space, a commander’s multi-channel sight was installed, there is a thermal imaging channel independent of the gunner, a rangefinder channel, an optical channel, and a television channel. A closed anti-aircraft installation is generally a bomb, especially in the city: the gunner works on his targets from a cannon, and you twist around the upper floors so that, God forbid, they don’t get out and get caught. There are, of course, shortcomings, but we have a connection with Uralvagonzavod, which is working on all the shortcomings.
Two helicopters come overhead to attack, sending missiles in the direction of the enemy from a pitch-up. The sky is cut by the black trail of their footprints. A few seconds later, explosions are heard somewhere in the distance. Despite the fact that our forces already control more than 80 percent of Bakhmut, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to resist – Kyiv will not dare to give the command to withdraw its troops. According to the latest data from the Wagnerites, Ukraine lost 32,000 people killed in the Artyomov meat grinder.
The most disturbing aspect to all of these high crimes being commited by The Empire is that ~95% of the sheeple continue their unabated trust and belief in MSM.
-SIGH- If only I was fluent in Russian I could board a plane and never return…
-thank you once more, Larry Johnson.
This is interesting…. a mystery of leaks of intel docs that seem to have minimal strategic implications of the Ukraine war. More games and demonstrated incompetence in current U.S. leadership. Russia seems to be showing little interest. They’re focused on finishing up the Ukraine war and beyond……. a mutlipolar world.
CPC quietly watched the bully (supported by his usual entourage of arrogant impotent elite friends), pick a fight in the schoolyard with the tough little guy who finally stood up to him and punched him. The bully knocked the tough little guy down, took his money and banned him from all schoolyard games. The bully even punched Olaf (one of his own friends) to demonstrate he was the ruler of the schoolyard. The bully threatened CPC and everyone in the crowd if they associated with or helped the tough little guy. But he got back up and began to hold his own, giving the bully a bloody nose. Impressed, CPC decided to declare the little guy as his friend and many of the folks watching began to show interest, slowly forming a crowd behind the tough little guy and CPC. The bully and his friends began to panic. The bully’s friends first tried to convince CPC to move away from the tough little guy. When that didn’t work, one of them finally even said he’d make his own decision on which side to support, infuriating the bully.
Dan Farrand says
I worked in IT all my working life. Specifically on Treasury systems for corporate’s. The place in corporates where the money is kept. Those systems routinely work with Banks and payment systems that move billions of dollars every day.
All of these systems should be highly secure. After all, with a few keystrokes you can move large sums of money.
My sense though is that while generally secure, the security culture is all based on procedures, recipies and checkboxes. Much of it is simply going through the motions. For example, banks go to absurd lengths to have you protect your account numbers in communications with them, and yet those very numbers are printed on every check they issue.
I really wonder how secure all these systems really can be with hundreds or thousands of points of access. How many IT specialists really have a deep understanding of the operating systems that run on the machines they depend on – WINDOWS, LINUX etc…In all my many years, I have never had the privilege of running into anyone who had a real deep understanding of how these things work.
I’ve never been that interested in security myself. Hacking into some system, just does not interest me so I can’t speak deeply about how secure US military systems are. But my sense is that if they are employing 21 year old “IT” specialists then it’s all likely pretty much a “going through the motions exercise”. Partly I say this is because my direct experience with working with a lot of these young IT people is that they are tool users not tool makers and there are not many of the very good ones.
It’s common metric in software, that a really good coder is worth 10 average ones. This seems to fly in the face of Government and Corporate culture that wants to organize itself aways from dependence on talent. The really talented will quickly leave and the place will be overstaffed with average.
Maybe Texeira was a lone gunslinger who somehow got some lucky shots, but in that case it’s difficult to see who benefitted from his actions other than a young man playing out his fantasies.
Without trying to go into the intent of others and looking a things the way they are: 1) The security system of the US is exposed as being rather porous and unsupervised (who knows what else is out there?). 2) Friend and foe knows that the USA spies and interferes in their internal affairs (but that’s a given.) 3) The usual sources of information on Ukraine (Miley, Austin Blinken, Zelensky, & British Intelligence) are discredited. 4) The leadership of the DOD all the way to the top ,either doesn’t read or totally disregards their own ‘intelligence briefings. 5)The WaPo and the NYT discredit themselves by continuing to rely on information that can’t be verified and which is provided by individuals (aforementioned) who are proven unreliable. 6) This leak has provided a template for the world to provide fake intelligence slides, so no one, DOD, CIA, MSM, & the general public will know what’s true and what isn’t. 7) The WaPo and the NYT have completely blurred an investigation: a) They gave ample time to a suspect and his game room cohorts to destroy evidence; b) Not knowing whether Teixeira was acting alone or with or on behalf of others, those potential accomplishes also have lots of time to destroy evidence. 8) About the only entity that can be seen benefitting would be the Kremlin which will be doing extra housecleaning to make sure they don’t have any seepages.
Too bad the ‘war game planning, cost and outcome” for the Crimea wasn’t included in the released documents that Teixeira shared.
Russians rarely smile, and only usually at those they know well. It’s a cultural thing. That’s why they look so miserable when they are not.
However I bet there are some wry grins in Russia now.
Why is the STEPDAD not being discussed??? He was a fricking Fag Force military intelligence officer. How easy is it for a 21 yo tech savvy kid to hack daddy’s passwords, info, computers, documents etc.? Or the stepdad threw his step kid under the bus.
You heard it here first. He was getting punked on a discord server for claiming a security clearance. He leaked them months ago as proof. Poor kid was just flexing.
As a 60-something African American influenced by the Black Liberation/Consciousness movement and the FBI’s persecution, infiltration and assassination of MLK, Black Panthers, Malcolm X, Evers, and many others, combined with the CIA overthrow of governments in Africa and Latin American not willing to cast away their national interests in favor of US corporate interests, I assure you that the CIA DEMOCRATS ability to shape and form the psyche and emotions of voters is super effective, real, and only surmounted by the Larry Johnson’s, Col MacGregror, Scott Ritters, Ray McGovern’s, Brian Berlectics of the world.
The 3-Dimensional Chess Play of the Straussian/Necons is chaos, Pepe Escobar typically refers to the US as “The Empire of Chaos.” Here are possible examples of how the ORCHESTRATED LEAK fuels chaos:
1. A “leak ” (one that sat ‘dormant on the internet for more than a month) by a 21-year old unsupervised lower-level staffer, as Larry says.
2. An admission that the US has lost it’s proxy war in Ukraine and how will that play out politically. I can assure you as the RECESSION kicks in, de-dollarization accelerates.. US is no longer the king of the military hill.. more countries will divert from the dollar for several reasons that include mundane ones like diversification of portfolio to avoid sanctions confiscation.
3. If, If, If, If, If, ….only Ukraine had…..you name it!
4. A disinformation “feint” which to me is the least of other scenarios, especially given the trove of articles lamenting Western shortages of artillery, shells, ammo and other material (who’d under think that Trillions in “intelligence” and you (a) can’t count ammo and artillery, an (2) you’d allow a snotty 21 year old stud to outdo Edward Snowden, a sophisticated and thoughtful man, with well-formed set of values and belief system, whether or not you agree with him.
5. A trial/test run of an ADMISSION OF FAILURE and the hilarious notion that we got the China “pivot” figured out. What a hot mess.
6. Increased domestic surveillance. Idiots are convinced that it’s only the Proud Boys being spied upon when the alphabets have infiltrated and direct actions of ALL OF THE ABOVE.
I did not support BLM for various reasons, among them anti-family, and not organic at all, it was evident that they were a tool of the Democratic Party to push a “chaos” agenda were confronting today. A Divide and Conquer strategy designed to weaken societal and family structures.
I suspect there won’t be a “Spring Offensive” BECAUSE of the intelligence breach not because of a war of attrition that picks up steam, and the failure of a multi-trillion dollar intelligence complex TOO BUSY GRIFTING to COUNT AMMO AND SHELLS!
I told my frat brothers doing COVID about this articles below, but as someone said, and as a reflection of Trump Derangement Syndrome: “Liberals forgot how to read.” LOL
In the event the links are broken the 2 google: World Socialist Website: the CIA Democrats Part One, and
2022 Reinforcements for the CIA Democrats
Do you grasp the scope and effectivness of the propaganda “alternative universe” now???
You have Black folks thinking the FBI, CIA, and alphabet agencies are their friends. Hilarious if not so sad, and that beating up the big bad toxic white male will liberate you and set you free as they the Uni-party imposes laws providing increased reach of the national security state and stifling of the free market, a social credit punishment censorious system if you speak out of line.
Lee Harvey Oswald. When will Jack Ruby appear.
As for the missing documents. Their existence, if they even exist, is being used by the NYtimes at least to push out “exclusive” anti-Russian propaganda: Russian infighting etc.
Somebody wanted the publication of the documents. Can only surmise there is some conflicts going on in the Deep State and the Pentagon over the Ukraine war.
It’s believable that a 21 year old could have a Top Secret clearance. Not likely, but it’s technically possible. When I was in the military, my unit had a lot of people in their early 20s and many worked in the sections where such clearance was required. That said, there’d obviously be policies in place for decades to prevent someone from helping themselves to secret data, that’s why it’s classified in the first place.
I don’t know enough about US systems. But in the UK a soldier of that level would have very limited access to data and even if they worked in tech that would apply.
On another note, still taking my hat off to Peter Hitchens the only UK journalist questioning the war. His last sentence is the question we all must ask.
Good piece. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 deregulated the telecommunications industry, facilitating the consolidation of media. As a result, the American public receives more than 90% of their ‘news’ & ‘information’ from corporate media consisting of 6 large corporations with a market cap exceeding $500 billion. These media conglomerates have the same interests as every large corporation- maximize profits. Thus, the role of corporate media is to promote policies which maximize corporate profits/power.
Roger Gilbert says
They have already accomplished their goal, which is a complete distraction from things that are really crucial and relevant. Everyone is taking the bait and will be chasing their tails for weeks. Basically this is a distraction from a former distraction (the leak it’s self) of a crucial event (the fall of Ukraine ). This is a club sandwich with multiple layers. It’s a maze that leads nowhere. Anyone that thinks that they don’t know what they are doing is mistaken.
“Please reconsider your position”
I am familiar with the Malaysian, Myanmar and Indian constitutions and everyday law. Trump’s campaign interested me and thus i learned a bit about the USA system and troubles. Also familiar with the old British viewpoint of the rebellion in their American colonies.
Firstly, attitude and precedent is more important than words. Secondly bombastic assertions are often not a good sign.
The magna carta people were clear about what they wanted: The right of the lords vs theie liege. Your constitution waffles about all men being free. Dont try to say the slaves were not considered men at that period. Slavery is not new. Slave means human. The constitution starts with a bombastic disinformation. Compare the Magna carta again.
Secondly, except for new England, the country was set in a constant immigration mode. Did the original commoner wanted it?
If not for Britain putting a stop to slave trade, Alabama would be like Haiti. Nothing against blacks but my point is, the cultural well being of the locals were never a consideration at any time of your history. Why?
Because 1st and 2nd generation immigrants are known to work hard for peanuts. If not for the vast coal and oil resources, the fate of the local born is to be a miserable sharecropper.
Now that the country is filled up, the trick is to stop locals from breeding so space is created for immigration to continue.
Nothing in your constitution about it but it always pays to watch carefully the acts of those with flowery and bombastic words.
One glaring flaw I noted in your laws. A school gets grants from the central govt. Because it is “free” to do so. Never will happen in India. A state like Bengal will never let Delhi bypass them. Either the states have powers (however meager) or they dont.
Then you have counties running elections, which (stuffed) ballots are ti be counted in a state-wide tally. Idiotic.
Bombastic constitution, uncaring aristocracy, illogical laws. At least from where i come from.
I am willing to be corrected though.
Excellent insightful comment.
Americans rally around right to bear arms as an emotional symbol of freedom and accountability when the federal state and stat government has already outgunned, out manned and out manouvered them. But they think the system works as sacred amendments are twinkled in their face.
Jim S says
We owe Britain a debt of gratitude for ending international slave trade.
You’ve said quite a bit, some I agree with, some I don’t, and some I could learn more about from you. If I can muster a thought (always in doubt) maybe I’ll try to respond coherently tomorrow. If not, cheers.
Jim S says
[quot]Your constitution waffles about all men being free[/quot]
The US Constitution before amendments makes no statement about “men being free”, nor does it contain the words “free” or “freedom”. It contains the word “Liberty” exactly once, in the preamble. It contains no bombast, no florid language. It does not wax philosophical.
The US Constitution lays out a system of government, as I stated previously, and lays it out rather tersely. Far from waxing philosophical, it doesn’t even explain the reasoning behind the system it establishes.
Like the Magna Carta, the US Constitution takes care to delineate powers and responsibilites; unlike the Magna Carta, it did not enumerate rights and liberties–that would come later with the ratification of the Bill of Rights (and we’re grateful they made them explicit rather than leave them implicit). The Magna Carta definitively broke England from the fading traditions of absolute monarchy and set it on the road to constitutional monarchy. Along the way the rights and liberties enjoyed by the nobility and the clergy spread downward to the common people, and a king lost his head for breaching the compact with his subjects. The American system took the English system’s understanding of rights and liberties as well as it’s conception of a compact between government and the governed and expanded upon it: that’s the attitude and precedent you refer to, and I value our philosophical heritage.
It seems you’re conflating the US Constitution with our Declaration of Independence. But neither does the Declaration state that “all men [are] free”. What it does state is: [i]WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…[/i] The remainder of the paragraph lays out the reasoning and philosophy behind the decision to finalize the breaking of the compact which King George had begun.
It is a declarative phrase: if one undertakes to rebel against one’s rightful liege, one had better be able to express one’s reasons clearly, particularly if it is justified. Perhaps you find this bombastic; I don’t. In any case the ideas and reasoning set forth had been widely discussed in English drawing rooms and European salons up to that point, and while they weren’t universally agreed upon–royalists everywhere considered them dangerous, for one–, they weren’t considered particularly outlandish assertions, either.
The remainder of the Declaration is taken up by an enumeration of grievances against the British king (of which the taxes you first alluded to is described in one sentence of six words, in a list nearly three pages long; if you choose to ignore these grievances, well King George did too, and here we are), and a concluding paragraph formally declaring independence.
To be honest, I can’t tell if you think the philosophy behind the US Constitution is foolish or if you are upset at hypocrisy. If the former, you are of course entitled to your opinion; if the latter, I agree with you to an extent.
Some of the Founders owned slaves; many did not. Some were pro-slavery, some were abolitionist, and some were against slavery but didn’t feel it could be abolished at the time. To say that the “cultural well being of the locals were never a consideration at any time in your history” is clearly false. Anyway, the reason this last group held their position is because, as you point out, slavery is not new, not now and not then; in fact, slavery is an ancient human institution, and they didn’t feel it could be broken that easily. They certainly considered slaves men: the notion of racial inferiority/superiority is really a product of Darwinism and the eugenics movement (to which many of the globalists subscribe) which sprung from it in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, and ascribe it to earlier generations is something of an anachronism.
The United States of America has rectified the ills of slavery on our soil, and we paid a price to do so. During our civil war we suffered at least 620,000 military deaths (one estimate puts it as high as 850,000); of these dead, the vast majority were those who would be considered white men and boys by today’s standards; of those, the vast majority never owned a slave, of those, many never even spoke with a slave. They may not have set out to settle the question of slavery, but it was settled nonetheless.
We paid a price in blood to end slavery in this country. If those rivers of blood are not enough to slake your thirst, I really have little else to say to you on the subject.
But otherwise I would be interested to read your description of the Indian, Myanmar, and Malaysian constitutions.
We will probably continue to disagree, chola3, and perhaps no one will ever read this comment. But I enjoyed thinking about it and writing it. Thank you.
Charles E. Fromage says
Thanks. I always enjoy the perspective of non-Americans, who are free from the slogans and issue-framing that is so intense within the USA
BTW, not trying to make fun of you guys but this is the decade when we are on the brink of disaster and the rest of the world is trying its best to understand the nuke-armed USA while carefully getting away from it.
Maybe better if you guys get a new country, like russians did. give away/up california & New England, get a new aristocracy and symbolise it witb a new constitution (flag? name). Easy to start fresh.
I just can’t see the world putting up much longer with the current USA behaviour. Not after Trump forced Botswana into gay rights. We were subjugated & plundered by Europeans but never had them interefere with our way of life.
Yes, balkinisation of the US long overdue. I think room for 15 different countries in US, makes it easier to grab their resources and play them off each other and the Europeans. This could be fun.
Jill Biden recently in Kenya, in middle of worst drought for years and s famine plus dying wildlife and gave them 1.8bn for LGBTQ legislation. Passed in parliament but president has not signed.
Africa is the worst at pushing back the US, South Africa aside, the leaders sell out easily. OK yes there is a risk the Americans would kill them but probably not over LGBTQ. Contrast Ukraine. Whatever one thinks the Slavs have balls.
Jim S says
One comment while I mull over our previous exchange:
The globalist cancer (and the neocon agenda is part of the larger globalist agenda) is hardly confined to USA and may even be more European than American (though it professes loyalty only to itself). USA is certainly the nail-studded board the globalists are trying to beat the world into their own image with. But the former British Empire we’ve discussed above shows more life and malice than can be explained by puppet strings pulled by USA, and USA has no control over the insane policies the EU forces upon European peoples. Both UK/Commonwealth and EU are physically less powerful than USA but still potent politically, and arguably more authoritarian and unanswerable to their peoples than Washington is to Americans.
The upshot is: if USA disintegrates but the globalists retain their grasp on power, the rest of the world will not be better off. It may even be worse off. Some other authoritarian power will take our place as the big stick, but the globalists will still be the ones wielding it.
Balkanization of USA is a globalist objective. What makes you think they don’t have plans for after? From our perspective, even if we did as you suggest and separate from the coastal regions, the globalists would not leave us alone. Russia knows this, and that’s why she fights. We also know this from watching the subversion of America: California was a bastion of American ideals within living memory. Corruption doesn’t rest.
Well, well, well. Looks like the leak apart from the obvious mis/disinformation, is also meant to shut down independent voices such as yours, Seymour Hersh, Col Mcgregor, etc.
This, apparently is to shut down TikTok, but who’ll be next with the Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology Act, or RESTRICT Act?
Michel Baas says
Not only the fact that the old world media does not have journalists but only attack dogs… for their sponsors. They are attacking because that’s what’s expected from them AND the ‘leaked’ info just shows how they have been lying to the public. So they distract from the info and attack the scape goat. The victim. So much for journalism these days, activists and idiots only masquarading to be journalists finding the ‘leak’ and ‘leaker’ more important to be handled and disapproved of than the war racketeers. Because they too are war racketeers.
Focus in on what is truly not believable of the story. And then think how it might have come about?
Military service runs in the family. Did the kid take photos of some relatives documents?
21 is pretty young for an IT professional. Maybe the kid is a savant and just noticed a weakness of the system and hacked it?
If he was some kind of computer genius that’s not the unit he would have been in. He’d have been moved to the right arena sharpish if he was that good.
Karl Schmid says
For all good Americans it’s time to execute Art. 10 of New Hampshire’s Bill of Rights.
Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
June 2, 1784
Who cares? Does it matter? Not going to win against the Russians or Chinese, either way. It leaves one last option. I’d hope Americans should stop focusing on these “distractions”, and start thinking about how to change the situation in your country before the last option kicked in. The weirdest thing is the same sh**** keeps happening, and the population keeps falling for it. Or is it too late?
I have 1 semester of vegetable gardening in Jr college and even I know this story I’d bullshit.. Unfortunately there’s nobody at the top to call them out for lying
Jim S, while you are mulling it,
I wrote the last post imagining i am a sane american of 150 year roots. California is like Ukraine / Kazakh for Russia.
Surely other methods possible but something has to give. Yelstin broke USSR because he wanted Russia intact. Once you get rid of the toxic, you can deal with the dirty, like chechnya. Note how tenacious Russians were there in spite of huge losses.
Anyway the globalists are just the Nato. Others go along if it benefits them and if it helps destroy its creators. That is why China will keep supplying cheap stuff and Russia will keep supplying those Soyuz rockets. We (RoW) don’t want you getting serious about building back any industries before it is too late.
What we (wont name countries though China is not a main player) wish is simple:
Not splitting the current USA. Not with the current demographics. Why do you think propaganda is full of “they are trying to balkanise us”.
The current trajectory is perfect. in 50 years the majority will not be speaking English. You see, the real menace (to us) is not the globalists, americans or Nato. It is the 5 eyes.
Jim S says
So you go from advocating it to calling it propaganda in the space of one comment to the next. Fascinating.
People call the Great Reset a conspiracy theory, but it was right there on the WEF’s website.
I said what i might want if i am an american. Losing some toxic lands is not a big deal.
However, what the RoW and myself actually look forward to is different.
“propaganda” is incorrect. Rather, I believe your media content do have influences from external actors.
Hope i clarified.
Jim S says
I appreciate the clarification.
I would agree with your observation on external actors to the extent that our MSM is working for other interests rather than the interests of the American people. They aren’t saying external powers are trying to split up the US, however.
What our MSM is pushing is the idea that so-called racist, white, right-wing extremists are leading America into civil war. I say so-called, because while maybe a handful of that sort really exists, most are ordinary people who simply refuse to go along with the globalist’s radical, destructive agenda. This agenda includes transgenderism, the sexualization of children, normalization of pedophila, the idea that all masculinity is toxic, the idea that all white people are racist, the idea that all black people are victims, the idea that people are either oppressors or the oppressed, the idea that the answer to past injustice is future injustice, and so on and so forth. At the same time, our MSM downplays or ignores radical and criminal violence and calls for violence. Most recently, a transgender killed three teachers and three children at a Christian school here, and our MSM tried to portray the killer as the victim. Does it sound to you as if US MSM is trying to avert a civil war, or encourage it?
When I say the globalists would like to split up the US, it’s based on my own observation of the evidence. I suppose you as a non-American could start watching our domestic affairs to make your own informed judgment, but it’s probably better for your blood pressure and mental health if you don’t.
P.S. I think my dumb ass remembered how html tags work. We’ll see…
Jim S says
Oh, by the way, are you familiar with Sree Iyer? Is he pretty balanced?
I don’t know him. I follow Greer, Gail Tverberg & Kunstler because I believe the fossil fuels are finite and will be depleted soon.
Also the Andrew Anglin guy. Funny, logical and aggregates a lot of news.
Sites like this for the Ukraine stuff.
The government has a big part in psychological manipulation and the detachment of people from reality, often resulting in violent crimes and social unrest. The Gateway Pundit has a headline story exposing the CEO of Anheuser-Busch as a former recruitment specialist for the CIA.
I’d say the “American Experiment” is working as all of their other long-range plans; mostly on schedule. Watch Georgia Congressman Larry McDonald’s last interview before KAL007 was shot down (and covered up).
For me, this is absolutely unacceptable. A big fish inside the US military leaked the documents and put the responsibility on a teenager shoulder. This says a lot about how rotten is the politics and militaries in US.
When WaPo and NYT were dumping on Nixon in the 1970s it was because Kissinger (lackey of The City) and the gang of coreligionists were in the administration to specifically to use and then dispose of Nixon. Nixon didn’t jump fast enough or high enough for their liking and he was to be an example for all subsequent occupiers of the oval office. But Nixon was good for one thing; “opening” China. And voila’, here we are!