Source: Xinhua Editor: huaxia 15.4.2023
Blogger’s Note: The political left in the West has been observing and reporting upon events in Ukraine since the US (Obama) sponsored Neo-Nazi Coup in 2014! At the time (and over the 8 years leading to the Russian military action of 2022) certain sections of the mainstream (Bourgeois) media in the West openly reported this overthrow of the democratically elected (pro-Russian) government in Ukraine and the subsequent events that unfolded. Although it is true that the US-controlled Wikipedia page recording events in Ukraine had to be taken to a US Court to be legally compelled to correctly report the facts! Today, as the Neo-Nazi military in the Ukraine – armed and trained by the US, UK and EU – has been seen to continuously fail on the battlefield to implement the will of Washington (NOT moving NATO nearer to the Russian border) – this ‘new’ leak seems to be a little too convenient (and timely) for it to be a spontaneous action of a thoroughly unlikable (and disgruntled) US military minion with links to the right wing! It would seem that the the US wants to ‘shift’ the news paradigm it has manufactured in the West from being one of ‘pro-Ukraine’ to a more usable ‘centrist’ line that would allow the gradual WITHDRAWING of all Western military and economic aid to Neo-Nazi Ukraine – and an ‘accommodation’ of Russian (de-Nazification) aims and objectives throughout the region! This would allow the UN recognition of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to become more generally well-known – together with the reality that only the far tip of Eastern Ukraine has ‘legally’ declared its ‘Independence’ from the Neo-Nazi (pro-Western) Ukraine! This is true despite 8 million so-called Ukrainian ‘Refugees’ (which should read opportunistic ‘economic migrants’) flooding into the West – despite the vast majority of geographical Ukraine remaining completely ‘free’ of any and all warfare! ACW (15.4.2023)
Jack Teixeira, U.S. air national guardsman suspected of intelligence leaking, faced two charges: unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information and unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material, court documents showed.
WASHINGTON, April 14 (Xinhua) — The U.S. air national guardsman suspected of leaking a trove of classified intelligence documents pertaining to national defense received two charges Friday under the Espionage Act for allegedly posting the sensitive material online.
During his first court appearance at the Boston, Massachusetts-based U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Jack Teixeira was informed of the two charges he faced: unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information and unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material, court documents showed.
Teixeira, 21, will remain detained through the next court hearing on Wednesday.
The airman was arrested “without incident” by FBI agents Thursday afternoon at his mother’s home in North Dighton, Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters at a news briefing.
According to publicly available information, Teixeira enlisted in the Massachusetts Air National Guard in 2019. His job title is Cyber Transport Systems journeyman, and he has been promoted to the junior rank of Airman 1st Class.
Teixeira is the leader of a private online chat group where the classified documents — numbering more than 100 pages — first appeared in January. From that point on, the material was widely circulated on a number of social media platforms, undetected by the federal government until early April.
Teixeira was granted Top Secret security clearance in 2021 and was said to have begun posting classified information online since December 2022, according to an affidavit submitted by investigators.
The U.S. government has been left in an awkward position in what is believed to be potentially the worst intelligence breach in a decade, partly because the revelation made clear Washington’s deeper-than-perceived involvement in the day-to-day development of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and exposed continued U.S. spying on its allies.
Amid the embarrassing fallout of the incident, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who until April 6 had been unaware of the leak, ordered a review of the “intelligence access, accountability and control procedures” within the department, according to a statement released Thursday evening.
U.S. spying on allies leads to diplomatic blowups, reputational damage: New York Times
Source: Xinhua| 2023-04
NEW YORK, April 14 (Xinhua) — A trove of leaked Pentagon documents, from late February to early March but found on social media sites in recent days, has again illustrated the broad reach of U.S. spy agencies, including into the capitals of friendly countries such as Egypt, South Korea, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, reported The New York Times on Thursday.
“Though the documents mainly focus on the war in Ukraine, they include CIA intelligence briefs describing conversations and plans at senior levels of government in those countries, in several cases attributed to ‘signals intelligence,’ or electronic eavesdropping,” said the report.
“They have served to remind the world of America’s talent for spying — and the diplomatic blowups and reputational damage stemming from the leaks,” it added.
“The last time a trove of leaked documents exposed U.S. spying operations around the world, the reaction from allied governments was swift and severe,” noted the report.
In 2013, the documents that Edward Snowden leaked revealed that a new age of spying had begun after September 2001, said the report. It became clear that the United States, driven by fears of foreign terrorism and empowered by technological advances, had created a sophisticated network of global surveillance that was scooping up vast amounts of data from millions of emails and phone calls around the world.
In the wake of the leak, thousands of people protested in the streets in Berlin, the CIA station chief was expelled, and the German chancellor told the American president that “spying on friends is not acceptable.” In Paris, the U.S. ambassador was summoned for a dressing-down. Brazil’s president angrily canceled a state visit to Washington, added the report.
Polling by the Pew Research Center later found that those disclosures had harmed the United States’ public image. A Pew survey of 44 countries found widespread opposition to U.S. covert surveillance, with more than 73 percent of respondents saying they opposed spying on their leaders.