According to a recent report by the Washington Post, a man in his 20s who worked on a military base has been identified as the person behind a major leak of secret U.S. intelligence documents. The report claims that the man, who went by the name “OG” and ran a Discord group called “Thug Shaker Central,” shared troves of classified material with roughly two dozen members of the chat group, including foreign citizens from Russia and Ukraine.
The source who spoke to the Post claimed to know “OG’s” real name and where he lived but refused to help authorities locate him. The source also stated that “OG” only shared the documents to keep members of the group “in the loop” and was not working to help another country or acting hostile towards the U.S. government.
The leaked documents reportedly included sensitive information about movements of high-ranking political leaders, updates on military forces, detailed charts of battlefield conditions in Ukraine, and satellite images of the aftermath of Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian facilities.
The Post’s report also details how “OG” initially wrote out the intelligence but later resorted to taking pictures of the documents and sharing them with members of the chat group. The group was described by the source as “tight-knit,” with many of the posts written out by “OG” himself.
It is unclear at this time what consequences “OG” will face for the leak, as the source refused to help authorities locate him. However, the leak of such sensitive information is a cause for concern and raises questions about the security measures in place to prevent such leaks.
The use of chat apps like Discord to share classified information is also a cause for concern, as these apps are often not secure and can be easily accessed by unauthorized individuals.