A judge has postponed the detention hearing for Jack Teixeira, who is accused of leaking hundreds of classified documents related to military intelligence from the Pentagon, while he awaits trial.
The defense and prosecution both agreed to cancel Wednesday’s detention hearing, delaying it for roughly two weeks. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy agreed to the request.
Teixeira, a 21-year-old Air National Guardsman, allegedly first leaked text related to classified documents to an invite-only chat group on Discord in December 2022, and about a month later, he began taking photos of the documents instead.
Teixeira was charged under the Espionage Act on Friday for the unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information, as well as the unauthorized removal of classified information and defense materials.
The accused leaker worked as a cyber transport systems journeyman who ensured the Air Force’s “vast, global communications network” was operating correctly. He is an airman 1st class, which is the third enlisted rank an airman will make, and he had one achievement medal during his time in the service. He held a top-secret security clearance, granted to him in 2021.