The U.S. government has identified a suspect in the leak a year ago of a large portion of the CIA's computer hacking arsenal, the cyber-tools the agency had used to conduct espionage operations overseas, according to interviews and public documents.
A former Central Intelligence Agency employee has been named as a suspect in the 2017 leak of the so-called "Vault 7", which contained information about secret Central Intelligence Agency cyber weapons, hacking tools and spying techniques.
Schulte's apartment was raided previous year for his computer and notes, but authorities came up empty-handed as far as smoking gun evidence of leaking "Vault 7".
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A week after the leak of the Vault 7 series in March 2017, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched Schulte's apartment in Manhattan, New York, and then stopped him from flying to Mexico, taking his passport. After quitting the CIA in November 2016 - according to Roger he had complained about security vulnerabilities at the agency - he joined Bloomberg as a software engineer. He states that he "developed a multitude of Quick Reactions Capabilities (QRCs) in C/C++ for both Windows and Linux systems to support clandestine operations".
He said suspicion of him is based in his report of "incompetent management and bureaucracy [at the CIA]" and the fact that he appeared to be the "only one to have recently departed [EDG] on poor terms". 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.
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"The material that was taken was taken during a time when the defendant (Joshua Schulte) was working at the agency".
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".
At a January 8 hearing, Schulte's attorneys argued that they did not contest his detention, based on their understanding that Schulte would be sent to Virginia, pursuant to a warrant.
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The FBI executed a search warrant at Schulte's New York City residence on March 13, 2017, seizing computers and servers containing at least 10 terabytes of data, some of which was encrypted. "He remains a target of that investigation".
On Twitter, an inactive "pedbsktbll" account followed only 27 users, including two connected to people identified as Mr. Schulte's family members, Motherboard reported.
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.
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Spokesmen for the C.I.A. and the Justice Department declined to comment.