Ex-CIA employee identified as suspect in 'Vault 7' leaks
16 May 2018, 10:12 | Glen Norman
A former CIA engineer who was charged with possession of child pornography is also accused of leaking classified agency documents to Wikileaks.
A former CIA employee has been named as the prime suspect in last year's dump of thousands of documents on the agency's hacking practices.
Interesting that they can't get charges for the leak against him, even though he has been in a Manhattan jail since September for the child pornography charges. He denies those charges, saying the server the material was discovered on was available for use by as many as 100 other people. After quitting the CIA in November 2016 - according to Roger he had complained about security vulnerabilities at the agency - he joined Bloomberg as a software engineer. According to the transcript, the evidence immediately made Schulte a target in the leak investigation.
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.
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.
The Post reports that federal prosecutors obtained a search warrant previous year for personal computers and hand-written notes from Schulte's apartment, but that investigators didn't find any evidence linking Schulte to the disclosure.
Schulte's father, Roger, said he was scared to death. During his time at CIA, Schulte was employed at National Clandestine Service (NCS) as a Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) Intelligence Officer.
The CIA declined to comment. 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.
It is unclear why he has not been charged or cleared in connection with the theft and subsequent leak.
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. Following the search of his apartment in March 2017, prosecutors waited six months to bring the child pornography charges. Laroche was actually describing a "characterization" by Schulte's attorneys and expressing disagreement.
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