The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that a gun enthusiast in his 20s, working on a military base, leaked classified documents, prompting a national security investigation into the breach. The individual in question shared sensitive information with a Discord group composed of about two dozen men and young boys who had a “mutual love of guns, military gear, and God,” according to the Post’s sources.
An in-depth interview with two members of the Discord chat group provided the foundation for the Post’s report. However, the news outlet didn’t identify the person responsible for the leak. In a statement released earlier on Wednesday, Discord expressed that it was cooperating with authorities in their investigation of the matter.
Both the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to an InTel request for comment on the situation. According to the Pentagon, which is currently assessing the damage caused by what may be the most damaging release of classified U.S. information in decades, the Department of Justice officially opened a formal criminal investigation last week, highlighting the gravity of the situation.
The Department of Defense and the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to an InTel request for comment. The Department of Justice opened a formal criminal probe last week after the matter was referred by the Pentagon, which is assessing the damage done by what may be the most damaging release of classified U.S. information in years.
Fun Fact: The Department of Defense was established in 1949. It was preceded by the National Military Establishment, which was created in 1947.