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A 21-Year-Old with Top Secret Access? It’s Not as Rare as You Think


The leak of secret military documents last week sent shockwaves through the Pentagon, but Defense Department officials are less surprised by the revelation April 13 that the Justice Department has arrested a 21-year-old Air National Guardsman in connection with the case. It’s not uncommon for relatively junior officials to have access to top-secret information, according to DOD officials and experts.