OAN Geraldyn Berry
UPDATED 2:02 PM – Monday, April 17, 2023
According to reports, the Justice Department is looking into a former non-commissioned officer of the Navy for her part in the dissemination of recently released sensitive information online.
The North Atlantic Fella Organisation (NAFO), an open source intelligence organization that specializes in exposing Russian disinformation, has identified Bils as one of the personalities behind the Donbass Devushka social media account.
The pro-Russian “Donbass Devushka” social media account that helped the classified documents first leaked by Massachusetts Air Guardsman Jack Teixeira reach a larger audience is allegedly run by Sarah Bils, a 37-year-old former aviation electronics technician (2nd Class) in the U.S. Navy.
A group of well-known social media personas known as “Donbass Devushka”, or Donbas Girl, promoted a pro-Kremlin viewpoint for an English-speaking audience on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube. Despite claiming to be a single Russian blogger, several administrators, including Bils, managed the accounts.
Before being discovered by the Donbass Devushka social media account, which has a far bigger following than the invite-only Discord channel that was managed by the Massachusetts Guardsman, classified materials purportedly sent to the internet by Teixeira had gone largely unreported.
After that, the data was accessed by a number of significant Russian social media accounts, which prompted the Pentagon to look into the leaks.
Before leaving the service in the latter part of last year, Bils last served at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. During her stint in the military, she was promoted to the rank of E-7, or chief petty officer, but she was discharged as an E-5. The reason behind the ex-sailor’s demotion is unknown.
Bils currently resides in Washington State but was born in New Jersey. In 2009, she enlisted in the Navy. In 2011, she reported to Fleet Readiness Center Northwest on Whidbey Island after completing “A” school at the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida.
According to USNI News, she had received four Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
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