US Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools

US Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools

"He remains a target of that investigation".

The disclosures were later referred to as the "Vault 7" leak when they were published by WikiLeaks previous year.

He has plead not guilty to the charges. 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. He denies those charges, saying the server the material was discovered on was available for use by as many as 100 other people. A new batch of leaks included more than 8,700 documents and files.

According to the report, Schulte worked for the the CIA's engineering development group until 2016, a position that would have given him access to the thousands of agency documents that were handed over to WikiLeaks in 2017.

The FBI agents managed to obtain multiple computers, servers and storage devices from Schulte's home, including an "encrypted container, approximately 54 GB in size", which held the child pornography.

It's unclear why Schulte has not been charged or cleared in the breach.

Schulte's lawyer, Sabrina Shroff of the federal public defender's office, accused the feds of dragging their feet.

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"This is CIA's Edward Snowden", former CIA acting director Michael Morrell told CBS News Justice correspondent Jeff Pegues a year ago, referring to the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked millions of documents in 2013.

Schulte worked at the agency as a software engineer who helped design malware used to break into the computers of terrorism suspects and other targets. Prosecutors said in court last week they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days, according to the Times.

Schulte told the Washington Post that he left the Central Intelligence Agency on bad terms after reporting "incompetent management and bureaucracy", as well as multiple oversight authorities.

"Due to these unfortunate coincidences the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgment that I was guilty of the leaks and targeted me", Schulte said. Following the search of his apartment in March 2017, prosecutors waited six months to bring the child pornography charges.

Schulte said he had also been planning a vacation with his brother to Cancun, Mexico, which may have given the appearance that he was trying to flee the country.

Schulte, who has launched a Web page to raise money for his defense and post articles critical of the criminal-justice system, claims that he initially provided assistance to the FBI's investigation. They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence.

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