Suspect identified in Central Intelligence Agency hacking methods leak

Schulte, a 29-year-old former CIA software engineer, is believed to have provided the agency's top-secret information to WikiLeaks, federal prosecutors said in a hearing in January. Federal prosecutors identified Schulte as a suspect during a hearing in January, noting that he provided WikiLeaks with secret code as part of the whistleblowing group's "Vault 7" collection.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Schulte is a suspect in the leak, according to public court documents. According to an FBI affidavit, investigators obtained passwords from Schulte's phone and decrypted a 54 GB file stored on a virtual machine that allegedly contained 10,000 offensive images and videos.

According to The Washington Post, we are talking about Joshua Adam Schulte.

He is suspected of passing classified information to the WikiLeaks website.

Assistant U.S. attorney Matthew Laroche said despite the lack of an indictment, Shulte "remains a target" of an ongoing investigation.

Laroche accused Schulte of using Tor - a web browser that gives user privacy, anonymity, and security while surfing the web - to transmit classified documents.

In other hearings in Schulte's case, prosecutors have alleged that he used Tor at his NY apartment, but they have provided no evidence that he did so to disclose classified information.

It's unclear why Schulte has yet to be charged in relation to his alleged involvement in the leaked Vault 7 material. He has pleaded not guilty in that case. The government immediately had enough evidence to establish that he was a target of that investigation. Authorities allegedly found evidence of child pornography on a server Schulte possessed, a server 50 to 100 people were able to access. Schulte said 50 to 100 people had access to the server, created to share movies and other files. What's on the public record now is that Schulte uses Tor, anonymity software used by millions of people, and that he planned to leave the country previous year - a trip he says was for a family vacation to Cancun.

But a Wednesday online search of Loudoun County Circuit Court records did not turn up any active case, at least yet, that names Schulte. Schulte has been in jail for months, but not for the leak and not for his work at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Spokesmen for the C.I.A. and the Justice Department declined to comment.

Schulte said in the statement that he joined the intelligence community to fulfill what he saw as a patriotic duty to respond to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Far from leaking classified information, his father said, Mr. Schulte had actually complained about security vulnerabilities at the C.I.A., first to his superiors and later to the agency's inspector general and to a House Intelligence Committee staff member. He then left the intelligence community in 2016 and started working in the private sector.

Vanessa Coleman