Man suspected in massive Central Intelligence Agency leak jailed, but not charged

Former CIA engineer, 29, facing a child pornography charge is also suspected of leaking devastating secret agency documents to Wikileaks

Prosecutors say he used the program at his apartment in NY, but they haven't provided evidence that he did it to leak classified information.

USA federal prosecutor Matthew Laroche detailed the investigation during a January 8, 2018 hearing in a NY federal courtroom. A new batch of leaks included more than 8,700 documents and files.

Transcripts [PDF] from the case contains multiple references to searches related to the Vault 7 case.

The search warrant application stated that Schulte, a former Central Intelligence Agency software engineer, was suspected of "distribution of national defense information".

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".

He was then tossed back in jail in December after prosecutors found evidence that he had broken those rules, and he has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan since then, according to the paper's report.

Government prosecutors say Joshua Adam Schulte of NY is a target in the theft investigation.

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Rather, he is being charged with operating a server that contained a 54GB container of child abuse content (we're not going to label it as "pornography" out of respect for adult entertainment performers).

It is unclear why he has not been charged or cleared in connection with the theft and subsequent leak.

Here's where things get tricky: the government says it does not have enough evidence to charge Schulte with the leak.

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. The documents themselves covered a period from 2013 to 2016, when Schulte had been employed at the agency.

It is noted that despite the long months of investigation, prosecutors have been unable to charge him.

He also said that because of 'unfortunate circumstances the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgement that (he) was guilty of the leaks and targeted (him)'.

Schulte said he had also been planning a vacation with his brother to Cancun, Mexico, which may have given the appearance that he was trying to flee the country. No charges have been filed against Schulte in that investigation, and his defense lawyers have insisted he was not involved. Laroche was actually describing a "characterization" by Schulte's attorneys and expressing disagreement.

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