by Susan Katz Keating
Three people who work for a U.S. government agency have been given polygraph exams in connection with classified defense documents leaked last week, sources told Soldier of Fortune. The people were given the exams at an FBI facility located within the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia, the sources said.
The three people are civilians who do not work for the Department of Defense, the sources said. The alleged polygraph subjects are believed to work in an office that is based in Northern Virginia.
The sources have knowledge of the investigation, and are known by Soldier of Fortune to be reliable.
The sources did not reveal why the three people were given polygraph exams, only that they were done in connection with an investigation into the leak. The Justice Department reportedly has opened a criminal investigation into the leak.
The Pentagon was roiled last week by a report that highly classified documents were posted on Twitter and Telegram after having been published weeks earlier on the Discord chatroom site.
“We don’t know who’s behind this,” NSC spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the White House. The White House does not know the motive, nor what else might have been taken from classified vaults, Kirby said. “Is that a matter of concern to us? You’re darn right it is.”
The leak includes photographs of slides from earlier this year. Some are marked “Top Secret” or “NOFORN,” for “no foreign nationals.”
The National Security Advisor’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.