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16 May 2018, 09:32 | Erica Roy
Former CIA engineer, 29, facing a child pornography charge is also suspected of leaking devastating secret agency documents to Wikileaks
The identity of the suspected Vault 7 leaker, which detailed the capabilities of U.S. intelligence agencies to manipulate everyday technologies, was revealed to be 29-year-old Joshua Schulte, a former CIA software engineer who designed malware that could break into the computers of suspected terrorists, the Washington Postreported on Tuesday.
It is unclear why he has not been charged or cleared in connection with the theft and subsequent leak.
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.
As CBS News reported a year ago, the stolen documents describe clandestine methods for bypassing or defeating encryption, antivirus tools and other protective security features meant to keep the private information of citizens and corporations safe from prying eyes.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched Schulte's NY apartment a week after WikiLeaks released the documents in March 2017 and seized his passport to prevent him from traveling to Mexico on vacation.
According to court documents reviewed by The Associated Press on Tuesday, government prosecutors say Joshua Adam Schulte of NY is a target in the investigation of the theft of hacking tools the Central Intelligence Agency used to spy overseas.
Schulte was arrested in August, but prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against him.
He also said that because of 'unfortunate circumstances the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgement that (he) was guilty of the leaks and targeted (him)'. Prosecutors said in court last week they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days, according to the Times.
He said the complaints made him appear to be a disgruntled employee and a planned vacation to Mexico with his brother gave the impression he was trying to flee the country.
"This case has been dragging since August 2017", Shroff told the NYT in an interview.
Schulte worked in the CIA's Engineering Development Group, which produced the computer code, according to people with knowledge of his employment history as well as the group's role in developing cyberweapons.
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