US Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools
US Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools
John A. Schulte is facing a child pornography charge but is also accused of leaking classified CIA documents to Wiki Leaks last year
16 May, 2018, 11:17
Schulte is now being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
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. He argues dozens of people had access to the server.
On the whole, the Vault 7 disclosures are less damaging than their Shadow Brokers counterparts because the WikiLeaks dispatches haven't included potent source code that could be repurposed.
A report from The Washington Post cites court documents that name Joshua Adam Schulte as the person authorities think to be behind the massive Vault7 data dump.
No charges have been filed against Schulte and his defense lawyers have insisted he was not involved.
An assistant USA 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.
Laroche added part of the investigation was to determine whether technology known as Tor, which allows Internet users to hide their location, was used to transmit classified information. Prosecutors say he used the program at his apartment in NY, but they haven't provided evidence that he did it to leak classified information.
Schulte's father, Roger, said he was scared to death.
Schulte has actually been in jail since being indicted for possession of child pornography last September.
He has plead not guilty to the charges. Prosecutors, meanwhile, said in court last week that they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days. Prosecutors say he had a cache of it on a server he maintained.
Schulte worked at the agency as a software engineer who helped design malware used to break into the computers of terrorism suspects and other targets.
Here's where things get tricky: the government says it does not have enough evidence to charge Schulte with the leak.
It is noted that despite the long months of investigation, prosecutors have been unable to charge him.
Schulte worked for the Central Intelligence Agency until 2016. The statement said he later reported "incompetent management and bureaucracy" at the CIA to the agency's inspector general and a congressional oversight committee. This, he alleges, made him appear as a disgruntled employee when he left the spy agency in 2016.
Schulte said he had also been planning a vacation with his brother to Cancun, Mexico, which may have given the appearance that he was trying to flee the country.
"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.
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