Ex-CIA employee in leak probe 'deeply saddened'

May 17, 2018, 01:14
Ex-CIA employee in leak probe 'deeply saddened'

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 past year, according to a court transcript.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched his Manhattan pad a week after WikiLeaks released the first of the Central Intelligence Agency documents in March 2017, and also stopped him from flying to Mexico, confiscating his passport, The Times reported, citing documents and sources.

The leak, which was referred to as "Vault 7", was one of the largest in U.S. history, but in August, prosecutors separately charged Schulte with possession of child pornography - agents apparently found 10,000 images on a server he built as a business in 2009 while at university in Austin, Texas.

Schulte, who has launched a Web page to raise money for his defense and post articles critical of the criminal-justice system, claims that he initially provided assistance to the FBI's investigation.

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.

US federal prosecutor Matthew Laroche detailed the investigation during a January 8, 2018 hearing in a NY federal courtroom.

Schulte's connection to the leak investigation has not been previously reported. Instead, authorities charged him in August with possessing and transporting child pornography. Early court documents filed in Schulte's case referred to documents found on his computer that may have included classified information.

He was jailed in December for failing to meet these conditions and has been held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

Federal authorities searched Schulte's apartment in NY a year ago and obtained personal computer equipment, notebooks and handwritten notes, according to a copy of the search warrant reviewed by The Washington Post.

Federal authorities searched Schulte's apartment in NY previous year and obtained personal computer equipment, notebooks and handwritten notes, according to a copy of the search warrant reviewed by The Washington Post.

In court documents, Schulte's attorney argued that numerous other people had access to the server and passwords for accessing it.

The prosecution team plans to file an indictment in the next 45 days, they said last week in court. He left the agency in November 2016 and moved to NY to work for Bloomberg L.P.as a software engineer.

But rather than charge Schulte in relation to the leak of classified documents, he was charged in August with the possession of child pornography after agents allegedly found 10,000 illicit images of children on a server he created in 2009 during the time he was studying at the University of Texas, Austin. "They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence".

The CIA is not commenting on the latest developments.

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