Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is directing a review of intelligence access following the arrest of an Air National Guardsman who allegedly leaked classified intelligence online.
The review will be conducted by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Austin said. It will also examine "accountability and control procedures within the Department to inform our efforts to prevent this kind of incident from happening again.”
“As Secretary of Defense, I will also not hesitate to take any additional measures necessary to safeguard our nation’s secrets,” Austin said in a statement Thursday.
This review is part of the broader internal probe the Defense Department is conducting of its practices and the potential damage caused by the leak, which CNN has previously reported is being led by Milancy Harris, the deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence and security.
The leaked documents posted to social media included detailed intelligence assessments of allies and adversaries alike, including on the state of the war in Ukraine and the challenges Kyiv and Moscow face as the war appears stuck in a stalemate.
Austin commended the Department of Justice and FBI for their arrest of Jack Teixeira, a 21-year-old Guardsman assigned to the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Teixeira allegedly leaked classified intelligence onto a Discord server in recent months.
“The Department of Defense, in close partnership with the Intelligence Community and our interagency partners, will continue to review the national security implications of this unauthorized disclosure,” Austin said.