Federal Bureau of Investigation has probed ex-CIA employee over leak of hacking tools

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However, prosecutors have publicly revealed Schulte to be a key suspect in the Vault 7 leaks after seizing computer equipment, notebooks and handwritten notes from his apartment. A prosecutor revealed in January he's a target of a probe into the theft of tools that were used by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy overseas.

"Those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with [Schulte's] involvement in that disclosure", said assistant USA attorney in the Southern District of New York Matthew Laroche. Hopefully more information will come out.

Transcripts [PDF] from the case contains multiple references to searches related to the Vault 7 case.

The CIA declined to comment.

At January's pretrial hearing for Schulte, Laroche said the material was taken from the CIA during the over six years that Schulte worked for the agency in various positions, including technical development officer.

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 has been housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center ever since.


Schulte's connection to the leak investigation has not been previously reported.

Schulte has denied the child pornography charges claiming that around 50 to 100 people had access to the server he created, according to the Washington Post. The government immediately had enough evidence to establish that he was a target of that investigation. He maintained the agency targeted him because he was the only member of his team to leave the agency after reporting "incompetent management" to the CIA's inspector general.

The leak of the CIA code was damaging because it gave away secrets of how the agency uses cyberweapons to spy on overseas targets.

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.

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)'.

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

Since he's been jailed, Schulte has created a Facebook page where he posts articles criticizing the criminal justice system. His defense lawyers earlier insisted he was not involved in the theft.

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