FBI Has Suspect in Damaging CIA Leak of Spying Code

A man walks across the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency in the lobby of CIA headquarters in McLean Virginia.                        Alex Wong Getty Images

WikiLeaks began releasing them in March 2017.

The embarrassing leaks - the largest data theft in the agency's history - included software that was created to take over iPhones and turn smart TVs into surveillance devices, the paper reported Tuesday. He revealed extraordinary details about the capabilities of the United States to spy on computers and phones around the world, but the Vault 7 leaks showed how such spying is actually done, the current and former officials argued.

Schulte has been housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center ever since. The transcript quotes a prosecutor saying that, once investigators searched Shulte's home, they "immediately had enough evidence to establish that he was a target of that [Vault 7] investigation". But that failed to provide the evidence that prosecutors needed to indict Schulte with illegally giving the information to WikiLeaks.

Schulte's defense attorney said in court that the government's reasoning used to obtain search warrants for Schulte's property were "just flat inaccurate and not true".

At a January hearing on child pornography charges filed against Schulte, an assistant USA attorney in the Southern District of NY said the government conducted several search warrants on Schulte's home.

"This case has been dragging since August 2017", Sabrina Shroff, Schulte's lawyer, told the outlet.

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

Schulte has denied the child pornography charges claiming that around 50 to 100 people had access to the server he created, according to the Washington Post. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Schulte was arrested in August, but prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against him.

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

In documents, prosecutors allege that they found a large cache of child pornography on a server that was maintained by Schulte.

According to Schulte's LinkedIn page, he was an intern at the NSA while studying. During his time at CIA, Schulte was employed at National Clandestine Service (NCS) as a Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) Intelligence Officer.

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

The search warrant application stated that Schulte, a former Central Intelligence Agency software engineer, was suspected of "distribution of national defense information".

The CIA declined to comment.

"Due to these unfortunate coincidences the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgement that I was guilty of the leaks and targeted me", Schulte told the Post for the story published Tuesday. The statement said he later reported "incompetent management and bureaucracy" at the CIA to the agency's inspector general and a congressional oversight committee.

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