A large portion of the hacking software used by the CIA was leaked last year, and now the U.S. government thinks it has identified the person responsible for the leak. The software which was leaked was used to conduct espionage operations overseas before it was leaked last year. Now, prosecutors know the former CIA employee who is responsible for the leak after a months-long investigation.
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The only problem is investigators have not been able to bring up charges against the former employee who is currently in a Manhattan on unrelated charges. Joshua Adam Schulte worked for a CIA group that creates computer code designed to spy on foreign governments. Schulte is believed to be responsible for the leak of the top-secret information to WikiLeaks, according to federal prosecutors.
WikiLeaks published the code under the label "Vault 7" in March last year and it was one of the single most significant and damaging leaks in the CIA's history. The leak in Vault 7 exposed secret cyber weapons and spying techniques that could also be used against the United States. Former intelligence officials say Schulte's connection to the investigation hasn't been previously reported but federal officials raided his apartment last year in New York.
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Federal investigators seized a personal computer, notebooks, and hand-written notes according to the search warrant. The raid failed to provide enough evidence for prosecutors to move forward with charges to indict Schulte. Assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York Matthew Laroche said,"Those search warrants haven’t yielded anything that is consistent with Schulte’s involvement in that disclosure."
Laroche called the investigation into Schulte "ongoing" and that he "remains a target of that investigation." The assistant U.S. attorney also revealed the investigation is analyzing whether a technology called TOR "was used in transmitting classified information." TOR allows Internet users to hide their location and transfer files anonymously. Schulte claims the investigation into him is "incompetent management and bureaucracy" by both the CIA inspector general and a congressional oversight committee.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The alleged leaker's name is Joshua Schulte, he worked for 6 years at the CIA, working on Windows and Linux tools "to support clandestine operations," according to his Linkedin account. <a href="https://t.co/ENp12BDyWF">pic.twitter.com/ENp12BDyWF</a></p>— LoЯenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai (@lorenzoFB) <a href="https://twitter.com/lorenzoFB/status/996504017344843776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 15, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Schulte said that a recently planned vacation with his brother made it seem as if he were trying to flee the country. He says he even initially provided assistance to the investigation but eventually became the target. "Due to these unfortunate coincidences the FBI ultimately made the snap judgment that I was guilty of the leaks and targeted me," Schulte said. He currently sits in jail on child porn charges filed six months after his apartment was raided.
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