US identifies suspect in major CIA leak

  • US identifies suspect in major CIA leak

US identifies suspect in major CIA leak

Whoever leaked the information apparently sent it to WikiLeaks, where it was published under the name "Vault 7".

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

"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 wrote in a statement obtained by the Post. "They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence".

"Those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with [Schulte's] involvement in that disclosure", Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Laroche reportedly told a court in January. The disclosures showed the lengths to which government investigators go to access electronic evidence, tailoring hacks for specific smart TVs, for example. However, the search failed to turn up evidence prosecutors need to indict Schulte on the leaking charges, according to The Washington Post, which was first to report the news. Schulte's attorney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The FBI has been investigating whether a former Central Intelligence Agency employee jailed on child pornography charges is also tied to a massive leak of cyber hacking tools, according to court documents reviewed Tuesday by The Associated Press. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.

A former federal prosecutor who is not connected to the case said that it is not unusual to hold a suspect in one crime on unrelated charges and that the months Schulte has spent in jail do not necessarily mean the government's case has hit a wall.

However, Laroche says the investigation "is ongoing" with Schulte remaining "a target of that investigation". Prosecutors say he had a cache of it on a server he maintained. He denies those charges, saying the server the material was discovered on was available for use by as many as 100 other people.

It's unclear why Schulte has not been charged or cleared in the breach. The documents themselves covered a period from 2013 to 2016, when Schulte had been employed at the agency.

Since he's been jailed, Schulte has created a Facebook page where he posts articles criticizing the criminal justice system.

Schulte was arrested in August, but prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against him. His defense lawyers earlier insisted he was not involved in the theft. Laroche was actually describing a "characterization" by Schulte's attorneys and expressing disagreement.