Feds Identify Suspect in CIA Hacking Tools Leak

Man suspected in massive CIA leak jailed but not charged

Man suspected in massive CIA leak jailed but not charged

What's on the public record now is that Schulte uses Tor, anonymity software used by millions of people, and that he planned to leave the country past year - a trip he says was for a family vacation to Cancun.

That cache would eventually be disclosed as the "Vault 7" data dump.

Schulte's connection to the leak investigation has not been previously reported.

Schulte's name was first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post.

He is suspected of passing classified information to the WikiLeaks website.

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

An assistant United States 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. That includes the fact they he is believed to have used software called Tor, which allows users to communicate and transmit information over the Internet anonymously, and the fact he was planning a vacation to Cancun, Mexico. However, prosecutors have publicly revealed Schulte to be a key suspect in the Vault 7 leaks after seizing computer equipment, notebooks and handwritten notes from his apartment.

Schulte's father, Roger, said he was scared to death.


In August a year ago, 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. The leak also led to security researchers finding cases of the tools actively infecting governments and companies since at least 2011.

Prosecutors said in court last week that they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days.

Schulte has pleaded not guilty to the child porn charges and stated that anywhere from 50 to 100 people had access to the server he'd created in 2009 as a way to share movies and other digital files, according to the publication.

Schulte worked in the CIA's Engineering Development Group, which produced malware used to break into the computers of terrorism suspects and other targets.

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

The CIA declined to comment.

In a statement read by WaPo, Shulte said he joined the Central Intelligence Agency to fulfill a patriotic mission to respond to the September 11 attacks of 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. The documents themselves covered a period from 2013 to 2016, when Schulte had been employed at the agency.

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