Ex-CIA employee in leak probe 'deeply saddened'

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Interesting that they can't get charges for the leak against him, even though he has been in a Manhattan jail since September for the child pornography charges.

The embarrassing leaks - the largest data theft in the agency's history - included software that was created to take over iPhones and turn smart TVs into surveillance devices, the paper reported Tuesday. It was then a series of unlucky coincidences, he said, that led the government to focus in on him as a suspect in the leak investigation.

Federal authorities believe Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked in the CIA's Engineering Development Group and is now in custody in NY awaiting trial for unrelated child pornography charges, was behind the "Vault 7" leaks of top-secret Central Intelligence Agency information to WikiLeaks.

On Friday, Manhattan federal prosecutor Matthew Laroche estimated in court that charges against Schulte are 45 days away.

Roger said his son was in college when he set up the server later claimed to contain child pornography, and that he "had so many people accessing it he didn't care what people put on it". Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly searched his Manhattan home a week after the WikiLeaks published its first Vault 7 dispatch in March 2017.

That cache would eventually be disclosed as the "Vault 7" data dump. A new batch of leaks included more than 8,700 documents and files.

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An assistant U.S. attorney, Matthew Larouche, claimed during a court hearing in January that "the government immediately had enough evidence" to investigate Schulte as a suspect in the Vault 7 leaks.

He has plead not guilty to the charges.

There's one problem, though: investigators haven't been able to collect enough evidence to file charges against Schulte despite having searched his apartment and confiscated his personal computer and notes. Schulte's attorneys have said that Tor is used for all kinds of communications and have maintained that he played no role in the Vault 7 leaks. After quitting the CIA in November 2016 - according to Roger he had complained about security vulnerabilities at the agency - he joined Bloomberg as a software engineer.

It is noted that despite the long months of investigation, prosecutors have been unable to charge him. The statement said he later reported "incompetent management and bureaucracy" at the CIA to the agency's inspector general and a congressional oversight committee.

According to Schulte's LinkedIn page, he was an intern at the NSA while studying.

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