A series of leaked US Top Secret files by Jack Teixeira has disclosed that China’s new hypersonic nuclear missile “possesses a high probability of penetrating” their defences.
Beijing’s new hypersonic missiles has been described as possibly invisible to US defences and in a Top Secret report on 28 February, the Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence directorate stated that China’s new DF-27 missiles has had successful testing.
It has been alleged that Teixeira illegally released the highly classified file which noted the hypersonic missile flew for 12 minutes covering a range of 2,100 kilometers, the Washington Post wrote.
The leaked files claim the “the DF-27 is designed to enhance [China’s] ability to hold targets at risk beyond the Second Island Chain and possesses a high probability of penetrating US” ballistic missile defense.
This means in short, that it would be very difficult for the US to shoot down China’s DF-27 hypersonic missile if fired against America.
Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s Prime Minister, was asked if confidence in the US globally will be impacted as a result.
Speaking to the Guardian at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, he said, “I’m not going to think twice. I believe failures happen and mistakes happen, but we have to be as close as possible to our allies in western Europe and the United States.
“We have to unite on this front as well.”
Brig Gen Patrick Ryder, the spokesman for the Pentagon, said there are “rules in place” which apparently ensures breaches do not happen, as all government officials sign “a nondisclosure agreement, so all indications are that this is a criminal act.”
Teixeira, 21, is now appeared in a federal court in Boston after being charged with unauthorised removal and retention of classified documents and materials.
He is now in prison until his next hearing for next Wednesday.