Ex-CIA employee identified as suspect in 'Vault 7' leaks

Former CIA engineer, 29, facing a child pornography charge is also suspected of leaking devastating secret agency documents to Wikileaks

In other hearings in Schulte's case, prosecutors have alleged that he used Tor at his NY apartment, but they have provided no evidence that he did so to disclose classified information.

Joshua Adam Schulte, who has worked for technical directorates at National Security Agency and the CIA, was charged with child pornography possession in August 2017.

Laroche said he disagreed with Schulte's lawyer at the time, who claimed the search warrants had not yielded anything consistent with the material released by WikiLeaks. A new batch of leaks included more than 8,700 documents and files.

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. They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence.

He was then tossed back in jail in December after prosecutors found evidence that he had broken those rules, and he has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan since then, according to the paper's report.

Schulte, 29, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency as a software engineer who helped design malware used to break into the computers of terrorism suspects and other targets. It is not clear whether the government is pursuing contractors as part of the leak investigation, but prosecutors have not mentioned anyone other than Schulte in court proceedings.

Rather, he is being charged with operating a server that contained a 54GB container of child abuse content (we're not going to label it as "pornography" out of respect for adult entertainment performers).

Schulte said in the statement that he joined the intelligence community to fulfill what he saw as a patriotic duty to respond to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The documents themselves covered a period from 2013 to 2016, when Schulte had been employed at the agency.

Schulte was arrested in August, but prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against him.

"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.

Since he's been jailed, Schulte has created a Facebook page where he posts articles criticizing the criminal justice system. Laroche was actually describing a "characterization" by Schulte's attorneys and expressing disagreement.

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