Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Man suspected in massive Central Intelligence Agency leak jailed, but not charged

Man suspected in massive Central Intelligence Agency leak jailed, but not charged

The Federal Bureau of Investigation suspects that a former Central Intelligence Agency employee separately charged with possessing child pornography had a role in the unauthorized release of a trove of CIA hacking tools to the WikiLeaks website previous year, according to a court transcript.

Starting in March 2017, the Vault 7 leaks gave access to a trove of hacking tools and documentation on electronic surveillance capabilities that was initially developed for the Central Intelligence Agency. But to this day, no charges have been brought against Schulte in the Vault 7 leaks investigation.

For reasons that are still unknown, Schulte hasn't been charged in the case despite being arrested more than a year ago.

The FBI agents managed to obtain multiple computers, servers and storage devices from Schulte's home, including an "encrypted container, approximately 54 GB in size", which held the child pornography.

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A former CIA engineer who was charged with possession of child pornography is also accused of leaking classified agency documents to Wikileaks.

In other hearings in Schulte's case, prosecutors have alleged that he used Tor at his NY apartment, but they have provided no evidence that he did so to disclose classified information.

"Due to these unfortunate coincidences the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgment that I was guilty of the leaks and targeted me", Schulte wrote in a statement obtained by the Post.

Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, is believed to have provided the agency's top-secret information to WikiLeaks, federal prosecutors acknowledged in a hearing in January. After quitting the CIA in November 2016 - according to Roger he had complained about security vulnerabilities at the agency - he joined Bloomberg as a software engineer.

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He said the complaints made him appear to be a disgruntled employee and a planned vacation to Mexico with his brother gave the impression he was trying to flee the country. Prosecutors, meanwhile, said in court last week that they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days.

"This case has been dragging since August 2017", Shroff told the NYT in an interview. During his time at CIA, Schulte was employed at National Clandestine Service (NCS) as a Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) Intelligence Officer.

Since he's been jailed, Schulte has created a Facebook page where he posts articles criticizing the criminal justice system.

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