Man suspected in massive Central Intelligence Agency leak jailed, but not charged

Joshua Schulte CIA leak Vault 7

But despite months of investigation, Schulte has not been indicted for any charge related to the leaks, which represented one of the largest unauthorized releases of Central Intelligence Agency information in history.

The disclosures were later referred to as the "Vault 7" leak when they were published by WikiLeaks past year.

A government prosecutor disagreed with what he called the "characterization" by Schulte's attorney that "those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with [Schulte's] involvement in that disclosure". Schulte is now in a Manhattan jail on charges of possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography, after prosecutors allege they found a large cache of child pornography on a server that was maintained by Schulte.

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.

It was one of the most significant leaks in the CIA's history, exposing secret cyberweapons and spying techniques that might be used against the United States, according to current and former intelligence officials.

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Schulte has not been charged in connection with the breach, but is instead being held on child pornography charges in New York City, according to court documents. Prosecutors, meanwhile, said in court last week that they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days. Schulte has pleaded not guilty, and argued that anywhere from 50 to 100 people had access to the server that he designed several years ago for sharing movies and other digital files. After quitting the CIA in November 2016 - according to Roger he had complained about security vulnerabilities at the agency - he joined Bloomberg as a software engineer.

The CIA is not commenting on the latest developments. The documents themselves covered a period from 2013 to 2016, when Schulte had been employed at the agency.

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)'. His lawyers maintain he had nothing to do with the Vault 7 leaks, and he has not been charged with any crimes related to the case.

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

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