Ex-CIA man named as suspect in Vault 7 leak

The group posted nearly 9,000 documents it said were leaked from the Central Intelligence Agency in what it described as the largest-ever publication of secret intelligence materials

The group posted nearly 9,000 documents it said were leaked from the Central Intelligence Agency in what it described as the largest-ever publication of secret intelligence materials

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.

The data dump, which WikiLeaks referred to as "Vault 7", contained 7,818 Web pages and 943 attachments and included more than several hundred million lines of code, providing "the entire hacking capacity of the Central Intelligence Agency".

Although the victim was unconscious and unable to identify the perpetrator, prosecutors in Loudoun county said an analysis of Schulte's hands confirmed he was the person committing the assault.

A case against Schulte relating to the Vault 7 leaks has still not be brought by the United States government.

A government prosecutor disagreed with what he called the "characterisation" by Schulte's attorney that "those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with (Schulte's) involvement in that disclosure".

The NYT quoted Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in California, as saying that WikiLeaks had magnified the danger posed by the Vault 7 leaks and that the tools were aimed only at small groups of high-value targets.

An assistant U.S. attorney, Matthew Larouche, claimed during a court hearing in January that "the government immediately had enough evidence" to investigate Schulte as a suspect in the Vault 7 leaks. The elder Mr. Schulte said that his son was in college when he built the server later found to contain child pornography, and that he "had so many people accessing it he didn't care what people put on it".

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On Twitter, an inactive "pedbsktbll" account followed only 27 users, including two connected to people identified as Mr. Schulte's family members, Motherboard reported.

Neither the CIA or the Justice Department have commented on Schulte's detainment but past year 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".

Schulte, who also worked for the NSA before joining the CIA, left the intelligence community in 2016 and took a job in the private sector, according to a lengthy statement he wrote that was reviewed by The Post.

So how did Schulte wind up facing charges relating to child pornography? Before doing so, however, he claims his superiors labeled him as a disgruntled employee because he reported "incompetent management and bureaucracy" at the CIA to the agency's inspector general.

"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. He left the agency in November 2016 and moved to NY to work for Bloomberg L.P.as a software engineer.

Schulte's defense attorney said in court that the government's reasoning used to obtain search warrants for Schulte's property were "just flat inaccurate and not true". Instead, authorities charged him in August with possessing and transporting child pornography.

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