US Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools

US Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools

It was one of the most significant leaks in the CIA's history, exposing secret cyberweapons and spying techniques that might be used against the United States, according to current and former intelligence officials. He denies those charges, saying the server the material was discovered on was available for use by as many as 100 other people.

Jacob Kaplan, Schulte's attorney at the January hearing, told the court that "the government had full access to his computers and his phone, and they found the child pornography in this case, but what they didn't find was any connection to the WikiLeaks investigation".

The Washington Post first reported on Schulte's relation to the case.

He is suspected of passing classified information to the WikiLeaks website. They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence.

Laroche said he disagreed with Schulte's lawyer at the time, who claimed the search warrants had not yielded anything consistent with the material released by WikiLeaks. That includes the fact they he is believed to have used software called Tor, which allows users to communicate and transmit information over the Internet anonymously, and the fact he was planning a vacation to Cancun, Mexico. Schulte is now in a Manhattan jail on charges of possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography, after prosecutors allege they found a large cache of child pornography on a server that was maintained by Schulte.

That cache would eventually be disclosed as the "Vault 7" data dump. He has pleaded not guilty.


Schulte is reportedly being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

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

"The government immediately had enough evidence to establish that he was a target of that investigation", Laroche said.

Prior to joining the CIA, Schulte worked for the National Security Agency.

So far, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency haven't commented on the case.

Schulte said in the statement that he joined the intelligence community to fulfill what he saw as a patriotic duty to respond to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He maintained the agency targeted him because he was the only member of his team to leave the agency after reporting "incompetent management" to the CIA's inspector general. The documents themselves covered a period from 2013 to 2016, when Schulte had been employed at the agency.

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