Crooked Media - What A Day: New phone, who Discord?

Thursday, April 13, 2023

- God help us, Mayor of New York City Eric Adams (D-NY) appointing the city’s new “Rat Czar” because Adams diverted all of the budget to the police

You know those hundreds of highly-classified American national-security documents that were leaked on to a Discord server in one of the largest national security breaches in modern American history? Well, today, we finally learned more about who did it.

  • After over a week of frantic speculation, FBI officers arrived at the Massachusetts home of 21-year-old Jack Teixeira, an IT specialist and Air National Guardsman, believed to be the source of the massive intelligence leak, and arrested him without incident. In a brief statement, Attorney General Merrick Garland did not speak to the suspect’s motive, but according to members of the private Discord channel, Teixeira leaked the documents in an effort to…show off to his online buddies. 

  • Okay so that immediately raises the question: Why in the hell did a 21-year-old, low-ranking National Guardsman have access to these documents in the first place? Why are we staring down the barrel of what the Pentagon has called a “very serious risk to national security” because of, ostensibly, some random kid? Well, Teixeira was a “cyber transport systems specialist” or, the IT specialist responsible for military communications networks, which gave him a higher-level security clearance than people at his rank normally get. That doesn’t exactly answer the other question of why he wasn’t better screened, but okay. 

  • Teixeira is expected to make his initial court appearance on Friday. He was arrested mere hours after the New York Times revealed his name (which the National Guard has yet to confirm) and less than a day after the Washington Post published the bizarre tale of his leak and supposed motivations. Perhaps there’s more to it than youth and young boredom. This may be the most damaging leak of classified U.S. intelligence in years. But the Discord channel where he posted the documents was called, heaven help us, “Thug Shaker Central,” where about 20-30 members (mostly young men and teenage boys) shared their love of guns, video games, and racist memes.

So where do national security protocols go from here?

Teixeira will be charged under the Espionage Act, and will most likely spend a long time in prison, but the Pentagon also needs to accept responsibility for continued information-security failures, and insufficient screening of the people who are granted access to our most sensitive national secrets. (On the other hand, if you have awesome state secrets to share, we as journalists would love to have a looksee ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.)

In the latest episode of Stuck with Damon Young, Damon welcomes AV Rockwell, writer and director of the Sundance award winning "A Thousand and One" to unpack Rockwell's sources of inspiration for the film and how it relates to her upbringing in New York City. Later in the episode, Ted Lasso's Kola Bokinni joins Damon to examine the transition from a "parent's partner" to a "step-parent." 

Do not miss out! Listen to Stuck with Damon Young for free only on Spotify.

Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis has sanctioned Fox News and its parent company for withholding evidence in the $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems, and will now weigh whether further investigation and censure are warranted. Let’s fucking go!!! Lawyers for Dominion reportedly played recordings made by Fox News producer Abby Grossberg in 2020 which were not handed over to Dominion’s lawyers during the lawsuit’s “discovery” phase. Grossberg has herself sued Fox News and said that her deposition was coerced, while also claiming she had recorded conversations with Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and other (regrettably) influential GOP names. The sanction allows Dominion to conduct another deposition at Fox’s expense. This new evidence and resulting sanction have come just days before the trial is set to begin. Judge Davis has also indicated he is considering appointing a special master to investigate the actions of Fox’s legal teams. Honey, it’s getting good!

The Florida state legislature passed a six-week abortion ban on Thursday that will be the most restrictive in the nation. The ban would provide exceptions for abortions to take place until 15 weeks in cases of rape, incest, or human trafficking, if the pregnant person can “provide documentation” “proving” those circumstances, which is to say that this is as close to a total abortion ban as we’ve seen. 


Billionaire Republican mega-donor and Nazi trinket collector Harlan Crow bought property from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2014 above market value, a transaction that Thomas was never disclosed by Thomas. We can’t expect the man sitting on the highest court in the land to have known the laws about that!


Jury selection has begun in the Dominion Voting Systems defamation lawsuit against Fox News. Get your popcorn all slathered in Rudy Giuliani’s hair grease!


Disgraced former president Donald Trump was questioned under oath on Thursday in a civil fraud lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James


Federal officials from the Department of Labor have fined a Comfort Inn hotel in Tennessee for reportedly employing two children younger than 12. The hotel’s parent company, Pigeon Forge Hospitality LLC, also didn’t pay the workers the federal minimum wage or overtime, according to officials. One employee is owed nearly $31,000 in stolen wages. 


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to (temporarily) replace her on the Judiciary Committee so that Biden’s judicial nominees can be confirmed, but has still given no specific indication of when she will return to the Senate from sick leave.

Police have arrested a man suspected of fatally stabbing Cash App founder Bob Lee earlier this month in San Francisco. According to police, Lee knew his killer.

A 29-year-old Indiana man named Joshua McLemore had been diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young adult, and subsequently struggled with psychosis and drug use. When he was found in his apartment naked, confused, and incoherent, he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. But instead of receiving medical care, he was arrested and moved to Indiana’s Jackson County Jail. There, McLemore was placed in solitary confinement with no bed, sink, or toilet for 20 days while in active psychosis, covered in his own urine and feces for much of that period. By the time jail officials finally sought medical help for him, it was too late. He died of “multiple organ failure due to refusal to eat or drink.” According to a civil lawsuit filed by McLemore’s family against Jackson County, jail officials and the private corporation contracted to provide health-care services for inmates violated McLeMore’s 14th Amendment rights, “causing him unnecessary pain and suffering and, ultimately, an avoidable death.” McLemore’s lawyers were able to obtain hundreds of hours of surveillance footage from the jail documenting his deterioration with no intervention. This is a horrifying yet all-too-common scenario for hundreds of thousands of people in the United States living with severe mental illness who end up in our nation’s jails, not mental health facilities. 

The hat speaks for itself. Good planets are hard to find, and we've got to protect the only one we've got. Help spread the word with Outerknown’s embroidered corduroy cap featuring the best organic cotton and brim made from 100% recycled fishing nets.  


Use code WHATADAY to save 20% off your next Outerknown order.

Tennessee state-Rep. Justin Pearson (D-TN) was sworn back into his seat, less than a week after his Republican colleagues expelled him for encouraging a protest against lax gun laws at the state capitol.


The Arizona House of Representatives expelled a Republican lawmaker and proponent of the Big Lie because she organized a presentation accusing politicians, judges, and politicians of both parties of unsubstantiated claims. 


President Biden has asked Lady Gaga to co-chair the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Gaga, wear the meat dress to your first official duties!


Speaking of the president, he seems to be having a really nice time in Ireland, and got something of a hero’s welcome in the Irish Parliament. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) continued her streak of good legislation, signing two new gun-control bills into law today, two months after a mass shooting at Michigan State University. 

. . . . . .

© Crooked Media 2023. All Rights Reserved. 
If you want to manage which emails you receive from Crooked Media, update your preferences here. If you prefer to opt out of all Crooked Media communications, you may unsubscribe.
Share this newsletter
7162 Beverly Blvd #212, Los Angeles, CA, 90036
Powered by Mailchimp

Older messages

What A Day: Scarred for pro-life

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Republicans have won many of the horrifying anti-choice legislation battles they wished for, and it's costing them nationally. Friday, April 14, 2023 BY JULIA CLAIRE & CROOKED MEDIA - Gov. Ron

What A Day: Getaway McCar

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy continues whining and holding the economy hostage. Monday, April 17, 2023 BY JULIA CLAIRE & CROOKED MEDIA - State-Rep. Anna Eskamani (D-FL) on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

What A Day: OutFox'd

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Fox News settled with Dominion Voting Systems rather than suffer the further exposure and humiliation of a trial. Tuesday, April 18, 2023 BY JULIA CLAIRE & CROOKED MEDIA - Rep. Marjorie Taylor

What A Day: Pentagon' fishin'

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Fallout from the massive intelligence leak continues; Republicans are up to their old "destroying the social safety net" tricks. Tuesday, April 11, 2023 BY JULIA CLAIRE & CROOKED MEDIA -

What A Day: Two birds, one mifepristone

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

The contradictory rulings on the abortion pill's long-standing FDA approval, explained. Monday, April 10, 2023 BY JULIA CLAIRE & CROOKED MEDIA - Racist “Race Scientist” Charles Murray defending

Don't take de-bate

Thursday, September 28, 2023

I watched the second GOP debate so you didn't have to. Wednesday, September 27, 2023 BY JULIA CLAIRE & CROOKED MEDIA - Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) whose salary is literally paid by the

Links For September 2023

Thursday, September 28, 2023

... ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

GeekWire Mid-Week Update

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Read the top tech stories so far this week from GeekWire Top stories so far this week FTC and 17 states sue Amazon for maintaining alleged monopoly power that stifles competition The Federal Trade

The Second Republican Debate: Live Updates

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Columns and commentary on news, politics, business, and technology from the Intelligencer team. Intelligencer liveblog The Second Republican Debate: Live Updates Join us for the next big showdown

Thursday Briefing: U.S. soldier is out of North Korea

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Plus the new ChatGPT can 'see' and 'talk.' View in browser| Continue reading the main story Marquee Ad Morning Briefing, Asia Pacific Edition September 28, 2023 Author

Pie time

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

About them apples ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏

Amazon’s monopoly problem

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Also: New York's migrant crisis, Target thefts, and Commander Biden Wednesday, September 27, 2023: Hey readers, Are you watching tonight's Republican debate? In case you need a refresher on

☕ Rethinking receipts

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The benefits of eliminating paper receipts. September 27, 2023 Retail Brew PRESENTED BY 1Password Hey there. Between Popeyes's “girl dinner” and now Panera's new Roman Empire menu, do we think

Amazon-FTC case hinges on internal messages, business secrets

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Ex-Microsoft leader Panos Panay to join Amazon | Flexe lays off 33% of workforce | Seattle mayor makes another bid for gunshot tech ADVERTISEMENT GeekWire SPONSOR MESSAGE: The GeekWire Summit returns

☕ Anybody out there?

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

VC has cooled for creator economy startups. September 27, 2023 Marketing Brew PRESENTED BY Intuit Mailchimp It's Wednesday. Hot antitrust summer is still lingering—yesterday, the Federal Trade