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U.S. judge orders accused military leak suspect to remain in custody while awaiting trial

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Jack Teixeira’s father answers questions from his attorney as he takes the stand during a detention hearing for Jack Teixeira, a member of the U.S. Air National Guard who is facing criminal charges for leaking top-secret military intelligence records online, at the federal courthouse in Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S., April 27, 2023 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Margaret Small

A U.S. judge on Friday ordered the Air National Guardsman accused of leaking military secrets to remain in federal custody as he awaits trial on charges he violated the Espionage Act.

Magistrate Judge David Hennessy made the decision after lawyers for Jack Douglas Teixeira, 21, had sought for him to be released to house arrest pending trial. Teixeira, arrested on April 13, is the primary suspect in the disclosure of U.S. documents related to the Ukraine war and numerous other topics – an embarrassing leak that has caused U.S. government soul-searching about its failure to protect vital national security secrets.

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