Joshua Schulte, allegedly, disclosed thousands of top secret files that outlined the extent of the CIA cyberwarfare capabilities.
The ex-CIA-software-engineer suspected of leaking a massive, top-secret treasure chamber of the U.S. hacking tools and source code of WikiLeaks, has been charged in Federal court with a series of espionage Act violations.
Joshua Schulte, 29, allegedly open to thousands of top-secret-files outlines the extent of the CIA cyberwarfare capabilities in an unprecedented breach triggered an intensive investigation even before WikiLeaks published the information in March 2017.
In March and June 2016, Schulte modified a computer that is run to delete by the US Intelligence Agency to “[e] records of his activities” and “[y] other access to the system,” prosecutors charge that in lieu indictment, unveiled Monday.
The former CIA engineer has been accused, formally, of the charges of lying to Federal investigators, illegal collecting and transfer of information relating to the national security, theft of government property, and other offenses.
“As alleged, Schulte completely betrayed this nation and almost hurt his victims,” assistant New York FBI field director William F. Sweeney, Jr., said in a statement. “As an employee of the CIA, Schulte took an oath to protect this country, but he threatened blatantly, it is due to the transfer of classified information.”
Schulte was charged last year with knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography, and these costs are also listed in the current federal grand jury indictment.
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Prosecutors signposted the new fees weeks, even as his defense team accuses the US of he the scapegoat.
“The proof is emptied, it will become clear that Mr. Schulte’s hardly the villain that the government lets you have it,” Sabrina p. Shroff, Schulte public defender, said in a statement Monday.
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In a strange twist, when he was still working with the CIA, Schulte allegedly tweeted that the WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning should be killed for their information.
“Kill the prick,” he allegedly said on Twitter in response to a story about Manning.
Last March, WikiLeaks announced the launch of its breathtaking 8,000-plus-page “disclosure” as the full hacking capacity of the CIA, said it was “the largest publication of secret documents on the Agency.”
The 8,761 documents and files shared as “vault 7, part 1,” and the title “Year Zero” come from an “isolated, high-security network” on the CIA-center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Va., WikiLeaks claims.
Prosecutors charge, Schulte crimes in Virginia, where the CIA headquarters.
Fox News’ Cody Derespina contributed to this report.
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