President Joe Biden has just directed the U.S. government to "secure and limit distribution of sensitive information" following the recent leaks of classified Pentagon documents.
Biden did so in a statement that he released on Friday, after it was revealed that the government had arrested the alleged leaker of those documents.
While we are still determining the validity of those documents, I have directed our military and intelligence community to take steps to further secure and limit distribution of sensitive information, and our national security team is closely coordinating with our partners and allies.
One can't help but notice the irony of this situation, considering that Biden, himself, has recently been accused of mishandling classified documents.
The individual whom the government has arrested, in connection with the Pentagon leaks, is 21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixiera.
Teixeira was arrested at his North Dighton, Massachusetts, on Thursday, after the FBI had linked him to the classified documents leak.
The Washington Examiner reports:
[Teixeira] was arraigned in a Boston federal courtroom on Friday and charged under the Espionage Act with unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information, as well as unauthorized removal of classified information and defense materials.
Teixeira did not enter a plea during his court appearance.
Biden, in response to the arrest of Teixeira, said:
I commend the rapid action taken by law enforcement to investigate and respond to the recent dissemination of classified U.S. government documents.
Biden and other members of his administration have sought to assure everyone that the leaks - which covered a number of sensitive topics, from the Russia-Ukraine war to the Chinese spy balloons - are not a problem.
"I'm not worried about the leak, but I'm concerned that it happened," Biden said during his trip to Dublin, Ireland. "But I don't know anything there that would be of great importance."
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on Saturday, further insisted that the leaks have "not affect[ed]" the cooperation between the U.S. and its allies.
"What I’ve heard so far, at least, is an appreciation for the steps that we’re taking, and it’s not affected our cooperation. I just haven’t seen that. I haven’t heard that," Blinken claimed.
But, maybe there is more to the problem than what Biden and Blinken claim. The fact of the matter is that what the leaks have shown is that the Biden administration has not been honest with the American people on a number of big issues. That's a bad look, to say the least.