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21-year-old Pentagon documents leaker charged with violating the espionage act

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Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira was arraigned Friday in Boston and charged with violating the espionage act.

National Review reports that FBI special agent, Patrick Lueckenhoff, told a federal judge there was probable cause to believe Teixeira had violated two parts of Title 18 of the federal code: Section 793, which falls under the Espionage Act, and Section 1924.

“The Espionage Act is a World War I-era law that criminalizes the mishandling of national-defense information that could be used to harm the United States or to aid a foreign adversary. It was enacted before the modern classification system for protecting government secrets, which distinguishes between secret and top secret documents, for example.”

National Review explains that the complaint says Teixeira posted the classified information as paragraphs of text at first. “However, by January 2023, he was posting photographs of the documents which appeared to have the classified markings of official U.S. government documents. The FBI interviewed a member of Teixeira’s online group, who explained one of the documents that was posted was a document which described the status of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, including troop movements. The user explained Teixeira became concerned he would be caught transcribing the documents at work, so he began to take them home to photograph.”

Under Section 793, Teixeira is accused of illegally retaining and transmitting information — a conviction carrying a prison sentence of up to 10 years per violation.

Teixeira is also accused of violating Section 1924, which  criminalizes the unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material. It is punished by a fine or a prison sentence of up to five years. This scope of this section does not extend to the act of giving the documents to other people, like under the Espionage Act.

However, Section 1924 does specifically refer to classified information, so prosecutors would have to prove to a jury that a mishandled file was classified.

“This is not just about taking home documents, that is of course itself illegal. This is about the transmission…of the documents,” attorney general Merrick Garland said Friday. “There are very serious penalties associated with that. We intend to send that message, how important it is to our national security.”

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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago

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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.

The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57%  the preceding quarter.

The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.

592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:

They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.

Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.

Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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