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FBI Has Suspect in Damaging CIA Leak of Spying Code

FBI Has Suspect in Damaging CIA Leak of Spying Code

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.

The Vault 7 leaks, touted by WikiLeaks as the biggest dump of Central Intelligence Agency secrets, ended in September a year ago.

However, Laroche says the investigation "is ongoing" with Schulte remaining "a target of that investigation".

Why federal investigators haven't formally charged Schulte for the leaking isn't clear.

Schulte has not been charged in connection with the breach, but is instead being held on child pornography charges in New York City, according to court documents. While it was embarrassing for the CIA to lose so many documents, the dump itself provided little in the way of juicy intel: mostly it just showed that, yes, the CIA engages in covert intelligence operations.

The Post reports that federal prosecutors obtained a search warrant previous year for personal computers and hand-written notes from Schulte's apartment, but that investigators didn't find any evidence linking Schulte to the disclosure. 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.

Schulte also claimed that he reported "incompetent management and bureaucracy" at the CIA to that agency's inspector general as well as a congressional oversight committee.




Sabrina Shroff, a lawyer for Schulte, has repeatedly demanded that prosecutors either charge him or drop the case.

He also said that because of 'unfortunate circumstances the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgement that (he) was guilty of the leaks and targeted (him)'.

Prosecutors said in court last week that they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days. Following the search of his apartment in March 2017, prosecutors waited six months to bring the child pornography charges.

'This case has been dragging since August 2017, ' she told the Times in an interview.

Schulte worked in the CIA's Engineering Development Group, which produced the computer code, according to people with knowledge of his employment history as well as the group's role in developing cyberweapons.

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


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