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Suspect in Massive CIA Leak Identified

17 May 2018

In March 2017, Wikileaks published thousands of documents detailing the spy agency's cyber-warfare programme.

A suspect in the case of the CIA Vault 7 leak that was published by WikiLeaks previous year has been arrested - but not on charges of leaking classified documents.

A NY prosecutor is expecting a grand jury to act within weeks against a former Central Intelligence Agency employee who is jailed on child pornography charges but may face further charges in a massive leak of cyber hacking tools.

A government prosecutor disagreed with what he called the "characterization" by Schulte's attorney that "those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with [Schulte's] involvement in that disclosure".

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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. According to the transcript, the evidence immediately made Schulte a target in the leak investigation.

Authorities appeared to piece together several bits of information to come up with the theory Schulte is responsible for the leak.

Schulte, 29, has pleaded not guilty to the child pornography charges.

Schulte is being held without bail on child pornography charges brought against him in Manhattan federal court. Authorities searched his apartment in NY a year ago in hopes of finding evidence of sharing secret documents with WikiLeaks, going through his computers and handwritten notes.

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"This case has been dragging since August 2017", Shroff told the NYT in an interview. Lawyers for Schulte say dozens of people has access to the server he started in 2009. He said that the investigation was continuing, and that it involved in part how Tor, software that allows anonymous communication on the internet, "was used in transmitting classified information".

The prosecution team plans to file an indictment in the next 45 days, they said last week in court.

The Washington Post reports that while Schulte's home was searched and PCs, notebooks and other materials seized, they failed to make a strong enough connection with Vault 7 - but claim to have found incriminating evidence that he had images of child abuse on his PC.

Neither the CIA or the Justice Department have commented on Schulte's detainment but previous year during the publication of WikiLeaks Vault 7 series a CIA spokesperson stated: "The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure created to damage the Intelligence Community's ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries". He then left the intelligence community in 2016 and started working in the private sector.

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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.

Suspect in Massive CIA Leak Identified