21-year-old Jack Teixeria was arrested by federal agents on Thursday. Teixeria, an intelligence operative with the Massachusetts Air National Guard is believed to have leaked the 100-plus-pages of Pentagon-documents.
“This is a law enforcement matter,” Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said during a Pentagon news conference on Thursday. “This was a deliberate criminal act” he added while declining to answer questions, citing the ongoing investigation.
National Review reports, “the leaked documents primarily consisted of briefing slides of operational data from the ongoing war in Ukraine. The classified material included maps of Ukrainian air defense systems and even details about South Korea’s furtive attempts to deliver hundreds-of-thousands of ammunition rounds to Ukraine.”
The New York Times first broke news of the arrest, and examined the classified documents which revealed that China contemplated providing crucial military aid to Russia. Moreover, an earlier incident involving a Russian fighter jet targeting a British surveillance vehicle, “could have amounted to an act of war.” The leaked documents could endanger American espionage agents currently embedded within the Russian intelligence bureaucracy.
Teixeira was allegedly part of an online social-media platform called Discord, as well as led a channel known as Thug Shaker Central that “bonded over a love of guns and video games.”
“He’s fit. He’s strong. He’s armed. He’s trained. Just about everything you can expect out of some sort of crazy movie,” an anonymous member told the Washington Post on Wednesday.
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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.
Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.
The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.
In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.
“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.
“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”
Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.
“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”
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