WikiLeaks Suspect Identified But Not Charged With Leak

WikiLeaks Suspect Identified But Not Charged With Leak

WikiLeaks Suspect Identified But Not Charged With Leak

First, the federal government suspects he gave a massive trove of agency documents to WikiLeaks about the CIA's hacking operations, though he has yet to be charged with that, reports Huffington Post.

Transcripts of the hearing directly reference the FBI investigation into the Vault 7 leaks: "In March of 2017, there was the WikiLeaks leak, where 8,000 Central Intelligence Agency documents were leaked on the Internet".

The leak, which was referred to as "Vault 7", was one of the largest in United States history, but in August, prosecutors separately charged Schulte with possession of child pornography - agents apparently found 10,000 images on a server he built as a business in 2009 while at university in Austin, Texas. And I would disagree with the defense counsel's characterization that those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with his involvement in that disclosure.

At January's pre-trial hearing for Schulte, Laroche said the material was taken from the CIA during the over six years that Schulte worked for the agency in various positions, including technical development officer. According to the transcript, the evidence immediately made Schulte a target in the leak investigation.

Authorities also found images on Schulte's phone of an unnamed woman being sexually assaulted while "passed out on the floor" of his bathroom.

It is unclear why he has not been charged or cleared in connection with the theft and subsequent leak.

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Federal authorities searched Schulte's apartment in NY past year and obtained personal computer equipment, notebooks and handwritten notes, according to a copy of the search warrant reviewed by The Washington Post. Prosecutors say he used the program at his apartment in NY, but they haven't provided evidence that he did it to leak classified information.

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

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Schulte is a suspect in the leak, according to public court documents.

Schulte has actually been in jail since being indicted for possession of child pornography last September.

At the time, Schulte's lawyer argued many people could have accessed the encrypted computer server containing the explicit materials. Prosecutors said in court last week they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days, according to the Times.

Neither the CIA or the Justice Department have commented on Schulte's detainment but a year ago during the publication of WikiLeaks Vault 7 series a CIA spokesperson stated: "The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure created to damage the Intelligence Community's ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries". He left the agency in November 2016 and moved to NY to work for Bloomberg a software engineer. "They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence".

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