FBI has probed ex-CIA employee over leak of hacking tools

US names suspect in Vault 7 leaks but unable to file charges

US names suspect in Vault 7 leaks but unable to file charges

At the time, the Central Intelligence Agency and FBI said a criminal investigation would be launched to find the culprit behind the biggest leak since the Snowden files.

At the time WikiLeaks was posting stolen secret documents about the CIA's hacking operations, including software exploits created to take over iPhones and turn smart TVs into surveillance devices.

Court documents suggest that Schulte was aware of the images and had warned one user not to "put anything too illegal on there".

In documents, prosecutors allege that they found a large cache of child pornography on a server that was maintained by Schulte.

However, he is facing unrelated charges in the New York Southern District court for possession and distribution of child abuse images. What's on the public record now is that Schulte uses Tor, anonymity software used by millions of people, and that he planned to leave the country past year - a trip he says was for a family vacation to Cancun.

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"Due to these unfortunate coincidences the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgment that I was guilty of the leaks and targeted me", Schulte said. 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.

Following the search, agents stopped Schulte from travelling to Mexico for a holiday, confiscating his passport.

Sabrina Shroff, a lawyer for Schulte, has repeatedly demanded that prosecutors either charge him or drop the case. 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". "The government should be required to indict so Mr Schulte has the opportunity to defend himself". 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. Otherwise he is just languishing'. However, the Times reports that prosecutors plan to file a new indictment within 45 days. During his time at CIA, Schulte was employed at National Clandestine Service (NCS) as a Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) Intelligence Officer.

Schulte, who has launched a Web page to raise money for his defense and post articles critical of the criminal-justice system, claims that he initially provided assistance to the FBI's investigation.

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