America’s latest intel leak is more Jim Carrey than James Bond

Perhaps the key to uncovering America’s most precious secrets is to join a group of teenagers on a messaging board, writes Borzou Daragahi

Monday 17 April 2023 09:32 BST
Jack Teixeira was showing off to his online friends
Jack Teixeira was showing off to his online friends (Instagram)

It’s like the plot of a John le Carre novel, if spymaster George Smiley’s people were a clique of confused, pimple-faced gamers. Or James Bond, if 007 were a peach-fuzz-faced lad asked by the bartender for proof of age every time he ordered his vesper martini.

“Shaken, not stirred.”

“Er, how about an apple juice instead, son?”

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