(WatchDogReport.org) – Ohio Republican Representative Mike Turner said during a Sunday morning interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the United States has overstepped its boundaries in disseminating top-secret information after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He explained this is an issue that authorities need to revisit following the leaks of classified Pentagon documents on social media over the last few months.
Turner, who also chairs the House Intelligence Community, explained that if the US has learned anything from the 9/11 Commission, the main thing has been the need to disseminate more widely top-secret data, so Americans have “actionable intelligence.” However, he said this situation has “gone too far,” so someone from Massachusetts can easily access delicate documents that reveal “war plans in Ukraine.”
Turner was referring to the case of 21-year-old Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira, who was arrested by American authorities last week, as he has been accused of being the person who leaked the Pentagon classified documents. These initially appeared earlier this year in an online gaming community led by Teixeira but then started to appear on some of the most important social media platforms, including Facebook and Telegram.
The documents contained information about numerous issues, including Ukraine’s weak air capabilities and alleged spying operations conducted by the United States against different countries worldwide.
Turned added there was no reason for the Massachusetts Air National Guardsman to know the type of information that he might have been able to access in his military role. The Ohio Republican explained that Teixeira shouldn’t have access to this information and that someone should have been paying attention to the whole case and ended that access.
Finally, Turner explained that the House Intelligence Committee will hold other hearings on the leaked documents. He said the main goal is to know the changes needed in how information is currently distributed.
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