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Leak suspect and his online friends are big fans of Putin

Vladimir Putin. Photo (cc) 2014 by Global Panorama.

Here’s a data point to keep an eye on. From The Wall Street Journal (free link):

The people in the online spaces where Airman First Class Jack Teixeira spent his time and allegedly leaked highly classified documents had many things in common. In obscure game forums and private online chat rooms, his friends posted slurs against minority communities, Ukrainians and pretty much everyone else.

Everyone, that is, except Russians.

Members of that small community, hosted on the social-media app Discord, admired President Vladimir Putin’s regime and its war on Ukraine.

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  1. Andrew Durand

    This is very interesting but what is the evidence of this incredibly bald statement? I can well believe they are supporters of the Trumpian GOP but it seems unusual that his particular demographic really takes an interest in party politics. In some ways it is positive.

  2. MI6

    If only he had read the spy novel Beyond Enkription in TheBurlingtonFiles series earlier things might have turned out differently! The fact based thriller is about Pemberton’s People in MI6. It’s a must read for espionage cognoscenti – see the brief news article dated 31 October 2022 in TheBurlingtonFiles website.

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