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Massachusetts Air National Guardsman arrested for leaking trove of classified documents
In this Issue: 21 year old Air National Guardsman arrested over classified leaks; had highest security clearance; Montana close to ban on TikTok; Florida bans abortions after 6 weeks
21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Douglas Teixeira has been arrested in connection with a number of classified documents that have been leaked online in recent months. The FBI was surveilling Teixeira before Thursday after he was identified as the leader of a Discord group called "Thug Shaker Central". It was alleged that he started sharing classified documents with the private group in recent months, but the leaks gained wider attention after another member shared them in a public forum. Teixeira held the highest level security clearance granted by the federal government for top secret information, which has since been revoked. His unit said it will support investigators in the case. Pentagon officials are reviewing distribution lists for classified information, as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a review of "intelligence access, accountability and control procedures" to ensure that leaks like this don't happen again.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Montana close to becoming 1st state to completely ban TikTok
Montana lawmakers have moved closer to passing a bill that would ban TikTok from operating in the state, citing concerns over data privacy and national security. If signed into law, it would be the most sweeping ban on the social media platform in the US. The bill would prohibit downloads of TikTok in Montana and would fine any entity $10,000 per day for each time someone is offered the ability to access the social media platform or download the app. The penalties would not apply to users. TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese tech company ByteDance, has been under intense scrutiny over concerns it could hand over user data to the Chinese government or push pro-Beijing propaganda and misinformation on the platform. The company has encouraged users in the state to speak out against the bill and hired lobbyists to do so as well.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a new bill that bans abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy, except in cases where the mother's life is at risk or the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest, or human trafficking. The new law makes it a third-degree felony for physicians or anyone actively participating in an abortion to violate the ban, and it prohibits state funds from being used to help a woman get an abortion in another state. Using telehealth or mail to receive abortion medication would also be prohibited. The bill's passage is considered a significant policy win for the governor, although its implementation is contingent on a pending challenge to the state's current 15-week ban in the Supreme Court.
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