Federal Bureau of Investigation has probed ex-CIA employee over leak of hacking tools

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2018

The report says that, while the government thinks Schulte was the one who handed the cache of documents over to WikiLeaks, they do not now have enough evidence to bring charges.

Schultz, of NY, now is detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

Prosecutors said in court last week that they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days. Prior to joining the CIA, Schulte worked for the NSA. "They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence". Court documents show that his lawyers have requested updates on the potential national security angle to his case.

Schulte, a former Central Intelligence Agency software engineer, has not been charged with a crime related to the WikiLeaks case, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation found over 10,000 images of child pornography while searching his computer and storage devices.

The tweet below links to a LinkedIn profile of Joshua Adam Schulte.

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

But the Federal Bureau of Investigation cited IRC chats between Schulte and others in which he allegedly indicated that he knew about the types of illegal material that were being stored on his server.

In September, Schulte was released under the condition that he did not leave New York City and that he stay away from using a computer.

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Schulte's defenders claim that he was being flippant and that he had no idea what people were storing on his servers.

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. Schulte's attorneys have said that Tor is used for all kinds of communications and have maintained that he played no role in the Vault 7 leaks. "Virginia just didn't do anything in this case".

A case against Schulte relating to the Vault 7 leaks has still not be brought by the USA government.

The New York Times reported a prime suspect had already been identified by United States authorities. Leak investigators have had access to electronic audit trails inside the C.I.A. that may indicate who accessed the files that were stolen, and they have had possession of Mr. Schulte's personal data for many months.

But at Schulte's January detention hearing, Kaplan signaled his and his client's frustration with the investigation.

U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Laroche said that "the government immediately had enough evidence" to target Schulte in an investigation but had failed to do so.

The hearing transcript continues: "Even more troubling, which wasn't really addressed by defence counsel, is that the defendant or someone in his apartment was using Tor in his apartment during the time when he was on pre-trial release, and this is extremely troubling to the government because Tor is a way to establish anonymous connections to various internet locations to hide the person who is actually accessing those sites".

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