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US Defense Secretary Vows to Find Source of Classified Information Leak
In this issue: US vows to find source of classified leaks, Head of Mexican immigration office charged after fatal fire kills 40 and Chinese and Taiwanese warships standoff outside Taiwan
The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, has announced an ongoing investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that first appeared online in March. The documents, which appeared on social media sites, include sensitive intelligence information about the military capabilities of several US allies and adversaries. The Pentagon and the Justice Department have each launched their own investigations into the leak, and Austin has stated that the US will "turn over every rock" until the source and extent of the leak are discovered. Austin added that he was first informed of the leak on April 6 and has been convening with senior department leaders daily to discuss the matter ever since.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Head of Mexican immigration agency charged after fatal fire
The head of Mexico's National Immigration Institute, Francisco Garduño, will face criminal charges for not preventing a fire that killed 40 migrants in a locked cell. Several other officers of the agency will also face charges for failing to carry out their duties. The federal Attorney General's Office stated that the case showed a "pattern of irresponsibility," and prosecutors alleged that the immigration agency knew there were problems that needed to be corrected, but failed to act. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador commented that two guards seen fleeing when the fire broke out did not have keys to the cell door, and a video from a security camera inside the facility shows guards walking away when the fire started. The migrant who allegedly set fire to foam mattresses at the detention center to protest what he apparently thought were plans to move or deport the migrants faces homicide charges. Mexican military planes carried the bodies of the victims back to their home countries, and some bodies of Salvadoran migrants were returned to El Salvador.
NEWSWEEK — Satellite Image Captures China Warship Standoff Around Taiwan
Satellite imagery shows naval vessels from China and Taiwan engaging in a standoff during China's military drills around Taiwan. The Taiwanese navy and coast guard vessels doubled up on Chinese warships operating at five points off the island's northwestern, eastern, and southern coasts, blocking their entry into Taiwan's 12-nautical mile territorial sea. Communist Party leaders claim Taiwan as part of Chinese territory but exercise no authority over the island democracy of 23.5 million people. China calls Taiwan's president a separatist and proponent of "Taiwan independence." The drills from April 8-10, which Beijing called "Joint Sword," involved simulated bomber attacks and precision missile strikes on Taiwan. The Taiwanese defense ministry said China flew 91 warplane sorties and operated 12 warships around the island in the space of 12 hours on the final day, a new record. The U.S. Navy flotilla led by the USS Nimitz was about 200-300 nautical miles to the east by the weekend.
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