On Thursday night’s primetime show, Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the Biden administration of attempting to “cover up” the outcome of intelligence failures likely caused by a 21-year-old Air National Guardsman from Massachusetts.
Jack Teixeira was arrested yesterday at his parents’ home after documents were disclosed by an individual that led authorities to him. Carlson criticized the media for not delving into the substance of the intelligence leak, which reportedly shows that military officials believe the Ukrainian military has significant weaknesses in its fight against Russia.
He said on his Thursday evening program:
If you want to get really sick to your stomach, go pull a transcript from the Pentagon briefing today where news reporters asked flacks from the Pentagon, what are we gonna do to keep information like this secret in the future? Not one question about the substance of the information.
We are fighting a war against Russia directly, really? Don’t they have the biggest arsenal in the world? Not one question. How can we help you keep it secret?
According to Carlson, another document suggested that NATO troops are present in Ukraine, which contradicts the previous denial of America’s allies. In addition, Carlson criticized the methods employed by the Department of Justice and FBI to uncover the identity of Teixeira.
He opined: “The administration apparently used illegal surveillance techniques to identify this kid apparently with the help of The Washington Post and The New York Times.”
It’s not clear that’s what happened, but the outspoken Carlson did not hold back.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that individuals who were friends with Teixeira online and saw his intelligence disclosures in a private Discord group were aware of his activities. By Thursday, the Times had uncovered his identity using clues from photographs taken of the documents, and Teixeira was arrested hours later.
Carlson criticized the Department of Justice and FBI for their methods of identifying Teixeira.
According to both newspapers’ reports, they had access to the confidential documents, which led Carlson to assert that the authorities cooperated with the media outlets to spread the information, enabling the arrest to happen.
“If it’s illegal to see these documents if you don’t have a security clearance, how is the Washington Post doing this legally?” Carlson said. “They don’t have a security clearance. Well, obviously, they were given them by the U.S. Intel agencies and are working alongside them.”