Ex-CIA man named as suspect in Vault 7 leak

Ex-CIA man named as suspect in Vault 7 leak

In August previous year, authorities filed child pornography charges against Schulte, who is in a jail in Manhattan, after claiming to have found 10,000 illicit images on a server that he had set up in 2009 while studying at the University of Texas in Austin.

However despite months of investigation, prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against Schulte for the leak. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly searched his Manhattan home a week after the WikiLeaks published its first Vault 7 dispatch in March 2017.

For reasons that are still unknown, Schulte hasn't been charged in the case despite being arrested more than a year ago. He has pleaded not guilty.

With more than 8,000 CIA documents published to date, according to a defense attorney at the January hearing, the Vault 7 series came as a major embarrassment to U.S. intelligence officials. Nothing that was leaked has been considered as damaging as the NSA exploits leaked by a group known as the Shadow Brokers in April 2016. 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. According to Schulte's LinkedIn page, he also worked for the US National Security Agency as a system engineer, prior to his time at the CIA.

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According to the Times, FBI agents said they found images of children being molested by adults on a server Schulte created as a business in 2009 while he was a student at the University of Texas.

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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched his Manhattan pad a week after WikiLeaks released the first of the Central Intelligence Agency documents in March 2017, and also stopped him from flying to Mexico, confiscating his passport, The Times reported, citing documents and sources.

In other hearings in Schulte's case, prosecutors have alleged that he used Tor at his NY apartment, but they have provided no evidence that he did so to disclose classified information. No theft charges have been filed against him, and his defense lawyers insist he was not involved. Prosecutors, meanwhile, said in court last week that they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days.

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