Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

U.S. identifies suspect in major leak of Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools

U.S. identifies suspect in major leak of Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools

The Post reports that federal prosecutors obtained a search warrant a year ago for personal computers and hand-written notes from Schulte's apartment, but that investigators didn't find any evidence linking Schulte to the disclosure.

In court in January, a prosecutor, the assistant United States attorney Matthew J. Laroche, said that "the government immediately had enough evidence" to make Mr. Schulte a target of the investigation.

Prosecutors have claimed there is a new indictment against Schulte planned to be filed in the next 45 days, and the federal defense lawyers have asked the court to force a deadline in bringing charges against Schulte in the Vault 7 leak case.

A government prosecutor disagreed with what he called the "characterization" by Schulte's attorney that "those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with [Schulte's] involvement in that disclosure".


Jacob Kaplan, Schulte's attorney at the January hearing, told the court that "the government had full access to his computers and his phone, and they found the child pornography in this case, but what they didn't find was any connection to the WikiLeaks investigation". He denies those charges, saying the server the material was discovered on was available for use by as many as 100 other people.

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

Schulte, 29, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency as a software engineer who helped design malware used to break into the computers of terrorism suspects and other targets.

According to the report, Schulte worked for the the CIA's engineering development group until 2016, a position that would have given him access to the thousands of agency documents that were handed over to WikiLeaks in 2017.


Schulte was released on bail last September, contingent on his not using a computer.

A criminal complaint filed against Mr. Schulte alleges he operated a website, Cryptm.org, and an image hosted there revealed that he used the handle "pedbsktbll" as a user name on a dating website and for online games, Motherboard reported Wednesday. They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence.

"I am just scared to death", said Roger Schulte, Mr. Schulte's father, who lives in Lubbock, Tex. A new batch of leaks included more than 8,700 documents and files.

Laroche said it involved an ongoing grand jury investigation and added, "I don't think we have an obligation to disclose it at this time, but we certainly have had discussions with Shroff about the nature of the underlying investigation". Part of the investigation "is analyzing whether and to what extent TOR was used in transmitting classified information", Laroche said in court to Judge Paul Crotty. The leak also led to security researchers finding cases of the tools actively infecting governments and companies since at least 2011.


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