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posted by martyb on Thursday May 17 2018, @07:58AM   Printer-friendly
from the wheels-of-justice-turning-S-L-O-W-L-Y dept.

In weekly online posts last year, WikiLeaks released a stolen archive of secret documents about the Central Intelligence Agency's hacking operations, including software exploits designed to take over iPhones and turn smart television sets into surveillance devices.

It was the largest loss of classified documents in the agency's history and a huge embarrassment for C.I.A. officials.

Now, the prime suspect in the breach has been identified: a 29-year-old former C.I.A. software engineer who had designed malware used to break into the computers of terrorism suspects and other targets, The New York Times has learned.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the Manhattan apartment of the suspect, Joshua A. Schulte, one week after WikiLeaks released the first of the C.I.A. documents in March last year, and then stopped him from flying to Mexico on vacation, taking his passport, according to court records and relatives. The search warrant application said Mr. Schulte was suspected of "distribution of national defense information," and agents told the court they had retrieved "N.S.A. and C.I.A. paperwork" in addition to a computer, tablet, phone and other electronics.

[...] 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 the C.I.A. that may indicate who accessed the files that were stolen, and they have had possession of Mr. Schulte's personal data for many months.

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

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/us/cia-hacking-tools-leak.html

Also at: BBC, SecurityWeek, and Ars Technica.


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  • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:17PM (1 child)

    by Immerman (3985) on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:17PM (#680718)

    Remind me, what's the track record looking like for the C.I.A. fucking over "good" little drones who help them out and don't do anything to embarrass, undermine, or expose them?

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:22PM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 17 2018, @02:22PM (#680721) Journal

    Well, let me consult their public records, I reckon they released them in an open format even before any FOIA request was raised.

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