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Feds Identify Suspect in CIA Hacking Tools Leak

Feds Identify Suspect in CIA Hacking Tools Leak”

The release went on to say that "Year Zero" included information on Central Intelligence Agency abilities weaponize its hacking program against iPhones, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and Samsung TVs.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Joshua Adam Schulte is believed to have leaked the code from the CIA's Engineering Development Group, information that was published by WikiLeaks in March 2017.

At a January hearing on child pornography charges filed against Schulte, an assistant USA attorney in the Southern District of NY said the government conducted several search warrants on Schulte's home.

Hopefully more information will come out.

Schulte is reportedly being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

But the prosecutor, Matthew Laroche, an assistant USA attorney in the Southern District of NY, said that the government has not brought an indictment, that the investigation "is ongoing" and that Schulte "remains a target of that investigation", according to a court transcript of the January 8 hearing that escaped public notice at the time.

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.

In August previous year, authorities filed child pornography charges against Schulte, who is in a jail in Manhattan, after claiming to have found 10,000 illicit images on a server that he had set up in 2009 while studying at the University of Texas in Austin. But some privacy advocates saw an upside, saying the leaks showed investigators were relying on hacking individual suspects to find evidence of crimes, rather than using dragnet surveillance techniques that scoop up information on everyone's online activities. He has pleaded not guilty. Authorities allegedly found evidence of child pornography on a server Schulte possessed, a server 50 to 100 people were able to access.

Schulte said he reported security vulnerabilities and "incompetent management and bureaucracy" at the CIA to his superior, the inspector general and a House intelligence committee staff member before leaving the CIA in 2016.

The CIA declined to comment.

"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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