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U.S. identifies man who allegedly leaked Pentagon documents | full coverage

FBI Investigating Suspected Leak of Pentagon Documents by Air National Guard Member

  • Jack Tashara, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, is suspected of leaking classified Pentagon documents to several social media sites
  • The documents detail information about the war in Ukraine and suggest the US is spying on key allies
  • Olivia Garzis, CBS News intelligence and National Security Reporter, states that Tashara likely had access to secure government facilities
  • The FBI is carrying out an investigation into how Tashara accessed these documents
  • President Joe Biden is currently addressing a joint session of the Irish Parliament.

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the leak of classified Pentagondocuments on several social media sitessources tell CBS News it is it is JackTashara he is reportedly a member of theMassachusetts Air National Guard thedocuments appear to reveal details aboutthe war in Ukraine they also suggestthat the U.S is spying on key allies CBSNews intelligence and National Securityreporter Olivia garzis joins us nowOlivia you alluded to who this personwas and why they perhaps did this tellus more about what we're learning aboutthis suspect that's right uh well Erroland Lana just as you laid out three U.Sofficials are now confirming to us hereat CBS News to colleagues that a suspectin this matter is Jack Tashara who is amember of we believe the intelligencearm of the Massachusetts Air NationalGuard his unit per our Pentagon teamwould typically be handling intelligencecollected by surveillance aircraft likeReaper and Predator Jones and accordingto other reports we we understand him tobe a young man possibly theadministrator of this small Discordserver where months ago highlyclassified materials began appearingbefore they spread to other sitesthere's a lot of questions swirlingabout his identity and his access rightnow including why somebody at his levelwould have had access to these reallyhighly highly finished classifiedintelligence products really meant forthe senior most defense leadership atthe Pentagon exactly Olivia like whenwe're learning that this person thesuspect is is just a member of theMassachusetts Air National Guard itseems to Define my a logic that he wouldhave access to this type of classifiedmaterial how is the intelligenceCommunity responding to these detailssure well this is just coming in rightnow so the questions are definitelyswirling I mean we don't know a lot yetabout how he accessed the documentsright is it just he was able to seeeverything uh in system classifiedsystems in his own right was he gettinganything forwarded was he going throughtrash we don't really know the chain ofcustodianship about these documents theyappear to have been printed off andfolded up according to other reportsthat have emerged overnight and today hewas typing up some information beforeturning to photographs of thesedocuments so there are still a lot ofunknowns about the access there we doappear to understand that they weresupposed to be contained to this smallgroup of users roughly 25 on a smallchannel on Discord that you that UserGroup we've started to see someinterviews come out that describe him asa relatively young man who worked on amilitary base who likely had accessagain to secure facilities securegovernment facilities again but we donot know how he was coming aboutspecifically these highly classifieddocuments and I'm sure that there areplenty of government officials andlawmakers who are going to want answersto those questions exactly so we knowJack to share is the suspect here withthe Air National Guard of Massachusettsand the intelligence realm I'm wonderingif an arrest is imminent consideringthere are multiple investigations intowhat he is alleged to have done andOlivia I know you in the DC Bureau teamhave been looking through additionaldocuments that have been posted as wellso what's the latest there that's rightand you did hear the president thismorning say that this is going to goquickly we do know that the FBI has beenleading this investigation over the pastseveral days and we do know that theystarted out with a universe of potentialsuspects that was necessarily prettysmall just given again how highlyrestricted this material usually is wecame to learn that you know the peoplewho compile these briefing documentswhich look like they were prepared forthe chairman of the joints Chiefs thethe documents that we have seen emergewe do know that there are you knowdozens of people who do prepare thosedocuments so access to the underlyingmaterials may have been a little bitbroader but as we've been discussing inrecent days the printers that are usedto print top secret classified materialsregister every time those documents areprinted so really you know investigatorshad a lot to go on already when theybegan cross-checking with IP addressesof people who were accessing theseDiscord servers in recent months reallyfascinating story major developmentOlivia thank you so much continuechecking in with youthank younow we head over to Dublin Ireland wherePresident Joe Biden is at this verymoment addressing a joint session of theIrish Parliament he's just the fourthU.S president to do so let's hear whathe has to sayas they transformed an entire nationlike so many countries around the worldthough perhaps more than most the UnitedStates was shaped by