Jack Teixeira đồng ý với thỏa thuận nhận tội với mức án 16 năm tù từ vụ rò rỉ tài liệu

theo hồ sơ tòa án, phi công Teixeira rút lại lời bào chữa vô tội và nhận sáu tội danh “cố ý lưu giữ và truyền tải thông tin quốc phòng”

A Massachusetts Air National Guardsman accused of posting secret intelligence (tình báo tuyệt mật) reports online agreed to plead guilty (nhận tội) on Monday in exchange for a sentence of up to about 16 years in prison and a pledge to comprehensively brief officials on what he leaked.

The airman, Jack Teixeira, withdrew his not-guilty plea during an appearance in Boston federal court (tòa án liên bang) and pleaded guilty to six counts of “willful retention and transmission of national defense information” under the Espionage Act, according to court documents.

The judge in the case, Indira Talwani, scheduled a hearing in September to determine whether she would sign off on the deal, which includes a sentencing range of 11 to over 16 years. It would be unusual for a judge to make major alterations to a deal that required approval from top American intelligence and law enforcement officials (quan chức thực thi pháp luật).

Airman Teixeira’s guilty plea came the same day that the Justice Department announced that a 63-year-old civilian employee (nhân viên dân sự) of the Air Force assigned to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska had been arrested on Saturday and charged with transmitting classified information (truyền tải thông tin mật) to a person on a foreign online dating site who identified herself as a woman in Ukraine.

Prosecutors began by ticking off a list of Airman Teixeira’s reported misdeeds: how he made sure no one was around when he printed out classified documents and posted them to the social media platform Discord; how he mistakenly believed he could maintain anonymity and “plausible deniability” online; how he deleted chats, killed a Discord channel and chucked his smashed iPad into a dumpster as police closed in.

Airman Teixeira, who worked at an intelligence unit at an air base on Cape Cod, took the material off computers after conducting unauthorized searches of databases (tiến hành tìm kiếm trái phép cơ sở dữ liệu), even after a superior warned him to stop, according to the original indictment.

Among the secrets disclosed was information on the provision and delivery of military equipment to Ukraine and a highly sensitive report on Russian and Ukrainian troop movements. Officials said the revelations about the troop movements might have compromised how American intelligence gathered the information and from whom.

source: nytimes,

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