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

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

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

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly searched his Manhattan home a week after the WikiLeaks published its first Vault 7 dispatch in March 2017.

The search warrant application stated that Schulte, a former Central Intelligence Agency software engineer, was suspected of "distribution of national defense information". Prosecutors say they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days.

Despite searching the suspect's NY apartment, prosecutors say they now lack the evidence to charge Schulte.

The FBI's WikiLeaks investigation is "ongoing" as of January, according to court documents, and Schulte "remains a target of that investigation".

Schulte's lawyer did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Schulte, has not faced charges in the breach, though prosecutors have charged him in a separate child pornography case. 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. Schulte says the server is accessible by at least 50 other people, and perhaps as many as 100.

The investigators claim that Schulte operated a server containing 54 gigabytes of child abuse images.

But the Federal Bureau of Investigation cited IRC chats between Schulte and others in which he allegedly indicated that he knew about the types of illegal material that were being stored on his server.

He was released in September under the conditions that he avoid computers and not leave NY, but was jailed again in December after prosecutors said he violated those conditions. He was thrown back in jail in December when he violated that order. Prosectors have told the court that they are looking into Schulte's traffic on Tor, the so-called "dark web" portal, for more evidence of his alleged crimes, but at some point even that should either pan out or peter out. "I would disagree with defense counsel's characterization that those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with his involvement in that disclosure".

Although the victim was unconscious and unable to identify the perpetrator, prosecutors in Loudoun county said an analysis of Schulte's hands confirmed he was the person committing the assault. "Virginia just didn't do anything in this case".

The New York Times reported a prime suspect had already been identified by United States authorities.

Weaver added that the fact the leak could happen was more significant as it came well after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden released masses of documents about the agency's surveillance of American citizens in 2013. Kaplan argued that Schulte's roommate was actually accessing the account, but the government argued that such a course of action was still forbidden. The former prosecutor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation, also said that if government lawyers acknowledged in a public hearing that Schulte was a target, they probably suspect he acted alone.

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