U.S Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools

Posted by rgmekanic 6:19 PM (CDT)

Tuesday May 15, 2018

In a follow up from a story from last year, where Wikileaks exposed a number of CIA hacking tools, used to compromise platforms like the iPhone, Android, Windows, and more. The U.S government has identified a suspect in the leak. The Washington Post is reporting that Joshua Adam Schulte, a former employee of a CIA group that designs spy code is believed to be the person who leaked the details of the hacking tools to Wikileaks.

However despite months of investigation, prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against Schulte for the leak. Schulte is currently in a Manhattan jail on charges of possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography, after prosecutors allege they found a large cache of child pornography on a server that was maintained by Schulte. Schulte has pleaded not guilty, and argued that anywhere from 50 to 100 people had access to the server that he designed several years ago for sharing movies and other digital files.

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. Hopefully more information will come out.

Schulte also claimed that he reported "incompetent management and bureaucracy" at the CIA to that agency's inspector general as well as a congressional oversight committee. That painted him as a disgruntled employee, he said, and when he left the CIA in 2016, suspicion fell upon him as "the only one to have recently departed [the CIA engineering group] on poor terms," Schulte wrote.