Former CIA Employee Charged in Connection with Data Leak

This week, federal authorities announced that 13 charges had been filed against 29-year-old Joshua Schulte, “in connection with his alleged theft of classified national defense information from the Central Intelligence Agency…and the transmission of that material to an organization that purports to publicly disseminate classified, sensitive, and confidential information,” known as “Organization-1.”

According to Ars Technica, Schulte was allegedly “behind the Vault 7 trove of the agency’s hacking tools, which were sent to WikiLeaks.”

The information contained in that leak included “exploits and documents for infecting iPhones, Wi-Fi routers, and Cisco Switches, and it represented the biggest-known loss of classified information in CIA history.”

Shulte was also charged “with the receipt, possession, and transportation of child pornography, as well as criminal copyright infringement.”

“As alleged, Schulte utterly betrayed this nation and downright violated his victims. As an employee of the CIA, Schulte took an oath to protect this country, but he blatantly endangered it by the transmission of Classified Information.” said Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr. “To further endanger those around him, Schulte allegedly received, possessed, and transmitted thousands of child pornographic photos and videos. In an effort to protect this nation against crimes such as these, the FBI's Counterintelligence Division in New York will continue to keep our mission at the forefront of our investigations in protecting the American public."

According to Ars Technica and The Washington Post, “Schulte said he joined the CIA to fulfill a patriotic mission to respond to the September 11 attacks of 2001. The statement said he later reported ‘incompetent management and bureaucracy’ at the CIA to the agency’s inspector general and a congressional oversight committee.”

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