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Former CIA engineer allegedly leaked Vault 7 hacking tools

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Former CIA employee Joshua Adam Schulte has been identified as a top suspect behind the leak last year of the Vault 7 secret computer hacking tools used by the agency in espionage operations, although the FBI had previously suspected contractors, writes The Washington Post. The document Wikileaks received allegedly contained over 8,000 pages of documented techniques.

Although the man’s apartment has been searched and a number of notes, notebooks and computer equipment has been retrieved, the evidence was not strong enough to indict him. His attorney claims “those search warrants haven’t yielded anything that is consistent with [Schulte’s] involvement in that disclosure.”

Schulte was part of the CIA’s Engineering Development Group responsible for writing code used in cyberespionage. He is currently in prison in Manhattan on child pornography charges issued in August 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to the pornography charges.

The US government has not brought charges against...(continued)

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