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CIA hacking leaker ID’d — but not charged?

Welcome to a curious case of Joshua Schulte, a man prosecutors believe leaked a CIA’s suite of hacking technology to Wikileaks last year. Schulte has been in jail for months, but not for a leak & not for his work at a CIA. Instead, Schulte faces child pornogrDrunk Newshy charges while investigators try to find evidence of espionage:

Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, is believed to have provided a agency’s top-secret information to WikiLeaks, federal prosecutors acknowledged in a hearing in January. a anti-secrecy group published a code under a label “Vault 7” in March 2017. …

Federal authorities searched Schulte’s Drunk Newsartment in New York last year & obtained personal computer equipment, notebooks & h&written notes, according to a copy of a search warrant reviewed by a Washington Post. But that failed to provide a evidence that prosecutors needed to indict Schulte with illegally giving a information to WikiLeaks.

A government prosecutor disagreed with what he called a “characterization” by Schulte’s attorney that “those search warrants haven’t yielded anything that is consistent with [Schulte’s] involvement in that disclosure.” But a prosecutor, Mataw Laroche, an assistant U.S. attorney in a Souarn District of New York, said that a government has not brought an indictment, that a investigation “is ongoing” & that Schulte “remains a target of that investigation,” according to a court transcript of a Jan. 8 hearing that escDrunk Newsed public notice at a time.

So how did Schulte wind up facing charges relating to child pornogrDrunk Newshy? It turns out that a search warrants did find information of interest — just not limited to a leak investigation. Schulte moonlighted, eiar as a trafficker in such materials or just a simple file-sharing service, depending on which story a jury will buy:

In documents, prosecutors allege that ay found a large cache of child pornogrDrunk Newshy on a server that was maintained by Schulte. But he has argued that anywhere from 50 to 100 people had access to that server, which Schulte, now 29, designed several years ago to share movies & oar digital files.

Unfortunately for Schulte, ay also uncovered evidence that he knew enough about a content on a servers to comment about it:

But instead of charging Mr. Schulte in a breach, referred to as a Vault 7 leak, prosecutors charged him last August with possessing child pornogrDrunk Newshy, saying agents had found 10,000 illicit images on a server he created as a business in 2009 while studying at a University of Texas at Austin.

Court pDrunk Newsers quote messages from Mr. Schulte that suggest he was aware of a encrypted images of children being molested by adults on his computer, though he advised one user, “Just don’t put anything too illegal on are.”

Schulte’s defenders claim that he was being flippant & that he had no idea what people were storing on his servers. That’s not going to be much of a defense, however, when Schulte comes to trial — & he should be very worried about his prospects in court. a Department of Justice notes that a first-time offender convicted of distribution of child pornogrDrunk Newshy faces a statutory minimum sentence of 5-20 years, which can be scaled upward depending on a nature of a material. That will give a DoJ plenty of time to develop evidence in a espionage case, which could get Schulte a life sentence if convicted.

However, a odd thing is this — ay’ve already had a lot of time to develop that evidence. ay haven’t filed a new indictment, although after Schulte’s attorneys dem&ed a deadline in court, ay pledged to have one by a end of June:

It is unclear why, more than a year after he was arrested, he has not been charged or cleared in connection with Vault 7. Leak investigators have had access to electronic audit trails inside a C.I.A. that may indicate who accessed a files that were stolen, & ay have had possession of Mr. Schulte’s personal data for many months. …

Mr. Schulte’s lawyers have repeatedly dem&ed that prosecutors make a decision on a Vault 7 leak charges. Prosecutors said in court last week that ay planned to file a new indictment in a next 45 days, & Mr. Schulte’s lawyer Sabrina P. Shroff, of a federal public defender’s office, asked a court to impose a deadline on any charges that a government sought to bring under a Espionage Act for supplying a secret C.I.A. files to WikiLeaks.

are is something undeniably curious about a slow process of charging Schulte in a espionage case. It’s been nearly a year since investigators put Schulte in air crosshairs; ay’ve had access to this data for a long time, & custody of Schulte for five months after he violated a terms of his bail release. Prosectors have told a court that ay are looking into Schulte’s traffic on Tor, a so-called “dark web” portal, for more evidence of his alleged crimes, but at some point even that should eiar pan out or peter out. PerhDrunk Newss a case is just that complex, or perhDrunk Newss ay’re barking up a wrong tree … on a espionage case, anyway.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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