FBI Has Suspect in Damaging CIA Leak of Spying Code

Man suspected in massive CIA leak jailed but not charged

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Joshua Adam Schulte is believed to have leaked the code from the CIA's Engineering Development Group, information that was published by WikiLeaks in March 2017. During his time at CIA, Schulte was employed at National Clandestine Service (NCS) as a Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) Intelligence Officer.

Those materials were dumped on the internet in what WikiLeaks claimed was the largest-ever publication of confidential Central Intelligence Agency documents, much of which pertained to electronic surveillance and cyber weapons.

In a statement to the Post, Schulte proclaimed his innocence. But that failed to provide the evidence that prosecutors needed to indict Schulte with illegally giving the information to WikiLeaks.

At a January 8 hearing, Schulte's attorneys argued that they did not contest his detention, based on their understanding that Schulte would be sent to Virginia, pursuant to a warrant.

Part of that investigation, Laroche said, was analyzing whether a technology known as Tor, which allows Internet users to hide their location, "was used in transmitting classified information".

Schulte's father, Roger, said he was scared to death.

In August previous year, authorities filed child pornography charges against Schulte, who is in a jail in Manhattan, after claiming to have found 10,000 illicit images on a server that he had set up in 2009 while studying at the University of Texas in Austin. He has pleaded not guilty. But to this day, no charges have been brought against Schulte in the Vault 7 leaks investigation.

They allege messages sent by Mr Schulte suggest he was aware of illicit pictures being hosted on a server he created as a business while a university student in 2009.

Schulte's lawyers have argued that he simply ran a public server and had no idea as to the contents of the encrypted container.

According to Schulte's LinkedIn page, he was an intern at the NSA while studying. It was then a series of unlucky coincidences, he said, that led the government to focus in on him as a suspect in the leak investigation.

Schulte said in the statement that he joined the intelligence community to fulfill what he saw as a patriotic duty to respond to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He maintained the agency targeted him because he was the only member of his team to leave the agency after reporting "incompetent management" to the CIA's inspector general.

"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 said. Since then, he has posted a series of essays under a pseudonym on Facebook criticising the U.S. justice system.

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