Fox News Host Declares Leak a Crime “Punishable By Death”

Fox News Host Declares Leak a Crime

( – A recent and massive Pentagon leak shocked the US and its allies. The government immediately launched an investigation into who shared the information. A suspect is now in custody. Before they were arrested, a former congressman made a bold claim about the punishment he believes they should receive.

On Wednesday, April 12, former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is now a Fox News contributor, joined Harris Faulkner on the network to talk about the leak. Faulkner pointed out that Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the leak was an act of “espionage.”

Chaffetz agreed with McCaul’s assessment of the situation. He said there are too many people in the government with clearances for classified material and reminded Faulkner that espionage is a capital offense. “It is punishable by death,” the former congressman said. He went on to explain that people’s lives are on the line when they are working for the government, and someone who leaks that information is putting them in danger.

The day after Chaffetz made those remarks, the FBI arrested Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira. The 21-year-old reportedly belonged to an internet chat on Discord.

According to The Washington Post, the suspect allegedly posted photos of classified materials in the group chat. The material was then shared with the wider internet on social media platforms. The documents reportedly contained information about America’s spy programs, assessments of Ukraine’s military, and other sensitive material.

Not everyone agrees with Chaffetz’s assessment that the leaker should receive the death penalty. Once a suspect was in custody, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said Americans should ask themselves if the “white, male, Christian” is the real enemy or if it is President Joe Biden’s administration.

Teixeira is being held in federal custody after his initial court appearance on Friday, April 14 where he was charged with unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information and willful retention of classified documents. If convicted, he could be facing 15 years in prison.

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