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The Suspect In Recent Leak Of Classified Pentagon Documents Posted On Social Media; Repair Of The Famous French Cathedral Notre Dame After A Devastating Fire In 2019. Aired 4-4:10a ET
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COY WIRE, CNN 10 ANCHOR: What`s up lovely people. It`s Tuesday time to shine, hope you`re ready to rock and fuel your mind. I`m Coy Wire. This is
CNN 10. Let`s get informed and uplifted with the best 10 minutes in news. We`re going to start today with the latest news on the suspect in a recent
leak of classified Pentagon documents posted on social media. On Friday, in federal court in Boston, Jack Teixeira, a former airman of the
Massachusetts Air National Guard was charged under the Espionage Act for the unauthorized retention and transmission of National Defense Information
as well as the removal of classified materials.
According to court documents, Teixeira worked as a low-ranking I.T. official and held top secret security clearance. He allegedly posted about
the documents online in December and shared photos of them in January. Detailed intelligence assessments were among the leaked U.S. documents.
Now CNN has reviewed some of them and they contain a wide array of highly classified information such as info from eavesdropping on important allies
and adversaries as well as evaluations on the status of the Ukraine war. CNN Pentagon Correspondent Oren Liebermann has more.
OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: In a federal courtroom in Boston, 21-year-old, Jack Teixeira, faced his legal fate for the first time
charged through the Espionage Act with unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents and national security information. The Airman First
Class at the center of an investigation into a leak of top-secret information.
In court, his father yelled out, "Love you, Jack." The response, "Love you to, Dad."
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you surprise by this?
LIEBERMANN: Outside the courthouse, Teixeira`s family thrust into the spotlight with national security interests at stake said nothing. Teixeira
was an I.T. specialist with the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He enlisted before graduating high school. His senior year photo had a quote
that now appears prophetic, actions speak louder than words. He`s had a top-secret clearance since 2021. And access to sensitive compartmentalized
information in a job that requires a lifetime binding nondisclosure agreement.
MERRICK GARLAND, ATTORNEY GENERAL: People who sign agreements to be able to receive classified documents acknowledge the importance to the national
security of not disclosing those documents, and we intend to send that message how important it is to our national security.
LIEBERMANN: One day earlier at one hour south, Teixeira was spotted on his back porch reading a book, moments later the FBI tactical team closed in on
Teixeira taking him into custody outside his house.
On Discord, an online platform frequently used by gamers, Teixeira built his own group of friends and followers. Court documents allege that late
last year he began sharing classified information, a user in the chat group telling the FBI at first it was just paragraphs of text and then
photographs of documents that contained what appeared to be classification markings.
ANDREW MCCABE, CNN SENIOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: The fact is, it`s quite easy to do if you are a person who has decided to violate your oath, to
violate the training and the rules that you operate under and to proactively make a decision to break the law.
LIEBERMANN: In the days before his arrest, court documents say Teixeira used his government computer to search classified intelligence reporting
for the word leak on attempt to find out if investigators were on to him.
(On camera): After Teixeira`s first court appearance on Friday, he`ll have a detention hearing on Wednesday. This whole legal process it seems moving
forward very quickly. About a week from when President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and others first learned about the leaks to the
arrest and the prosecution now moving forward for Jack Teixeira. Oren Liebermann, CNN at the Pentagon.
WIRE: Ten-second trivia.
Where did Napoleon Bonaparte crown himself emperor of the French?
Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, Champs-Elysees or Notre Dame Cathedral?
Napoleon was at Notre Dame in 1804 when he took the crown from Pope Pius VII and placed it on his head by himself.
Notre Dame, an 860-year-old Cathedral in Paris is one of the most iconic churches in the world, but a massive blaze in 2019 destroyed large parts of
the relic including its idyllic spire and its roof which collapsed as firefighters battled the blaze. The roof had been said to be made of a
forest because of the acres and acres worth of trees that were made into beams to build it. But Notre Dame is being rebuilt now. Let`s meet up with
CNN Senior International Correspondent Jim Bittermann in Paris to see how this majestic monument is coming along.
JIM BITTERMANN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was the most haunting image of a sickening afternoon. The spire of Notre Dame crashing
through the cathedral roof as flames burned all around. In the four years since as giant oaks have been felled, and the ashes cleared away, shock and
dismay has turned to confidence that the spire and the cathedral will rise again. And soon, if you believe, the general, who President Emmanuel Macron
put in charge of rebuilding the monument.
GENERAL JEAN-LOUIS GEORGELIN, FRENCH ARMY GENERAL IN CHARGE OF RESTORATION: The President say we will rebuild this cathedral in five years, is the
world`s (inaudible) and reputation of France is at stake.
BITTERMANN: The General wants the Chief of Staff of the French army went to visit an extraordinary woodshop in eastern France to inspect how the work
is going. Here carpenters are moving around tons of oak like children`s building blocks to rebuild the spire that collapsed as well as the rest of
the cathedrals roof beams which were destroyed in the fire, cutting and fitting, precise down to the millimeter.
(On camera): Well, much care and effort and money are being expended to make sure the reconstructed Notre Dame is just like the old one. The
workers who are working on these giant pieces of wood say they are sometimes amazed at how they could have done all this 1000 years ago.
(Voice-over): One person who`s had a better view than most of the Notre Dame reconstruction is photographer Tomas Van Houtryve. His photos are
going up along the walls of the Notre Dame worksite. He began taking pictures of the cathedral long before the fire, sometimes using an ancient
wooden camera as old as the iconic spire itself.
Van Houtryve was then commissioned to document the Working side by National Geographic and the French establishment charged with the Notre Dame
restoration and preservation. As the monument slowly rose again from the ashes, he emotionally recorded the work inside and outside.
TOMAS VAN HOUTRYVE, PHOTOGRAPHER: When you`re inside Notre Dame, you feel something. It`s a place of reverence. And when you`re inside it, and you
see it and it`s damaged to stay, you feel something even more. I mean, it goes straight to your heart.
BITTERMANN: Van Houtryve has watched firsthand, as not only the damage from the fire was cleared away, but as well centuries of grime that had
accumulated before the fire. In some ways he believes the newly restored Notre Dame will be even better than what was there before.
WIRE: What would you do if you were outside having some lunch or sipping some coffee and a motorized robotic trash can just wrote up on you and
started staring at you with this little camera lens? Today`s story getting a 10 out of 10 is about a recent study in the streets of New York that
found while robot trash cans promoted social interaction and encouraged recycling. Some folks weren`t about it at all.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Come here, buddy. Thank you. Good job.
WENDY JU, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CORNELL TECH: When we did this project, we were actually hoping to roboticized chairs and tables literally our
partners, you know, and the business improvement district said, are you kidding? It`s New York, you have to do trash.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. Oh, good boy. Oh, there you go, good boy.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s recycling.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, it`s recycling. Oh, you are. You are a bad boy. You don`t know what you`re doing. Yeah, it`s OK. They`re learning. It still
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That`s creepy. That`s just freaking creepy.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.
ILAN MANDEL, PH.D STUDENT, CORNELL TECH: We`re not trying to sell a trash robot, we`re trying to understand how people interact with robot objects.
Before we do the deployment, we watch how the people who clean the streets actually do their work.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There you go.
MANDEL: The work they do is incredibly nuanced and difficult and very unlikely to be automatable without completely restructuring the
infrastructure of the street.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What does he want?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That cup bro.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I will give you my straw.
WIRE: What say you about robotic trash cans? Robots or no bots? I want to thank all of you who`ve subscribed and commented on our CNN 10 YouTube
channel. Our special shout out is going to Godley, Texas today. Godley High School rise up. I also want to give a special hello to Mr. Moore from David
T. Howard Middle School. It was nice meeting you at the Dogwood Festival in Atlanta last weekend. Keep crushing that tennis game and remember outwork
everyone every single day. I`ll see you tomorrow everyone.
I`m Coy Wire, and we are CNN 10.