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posted by martyb on Tuesday March 10 2020, @06:18PM   Printer-friendly
from the no-double-jeopardy,-right? dept.

Minor convictions for ex-CIA coder in hacking tools case

A former CIA software engineer accused of stealing a massive trove of the agency's hacking tools and handing it over to WikiLeaks was convicted of only minor charges Monday, after a jury deadlocked on the more serious espionage counts against him.

Joshua Schulte, who worked as a coder at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, was convicted by a jury of contempt of court and making false statements after a four-week trial in Manhattan federal court that offered an unusual window into the CIA's digital sleuthing and the team that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries.

After deliberating since last week, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the more significant charges. They had notified U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty on Friday that they had reached consensus on two counts, but were unable to reach a verdict on eight others.

Previously: Suspect Identified in C.I.A. Leak was Charged, but Not for the Breach


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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2020, @07:46PM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2020, @07:46PM (#969244)

    Anything you say to the FBI can and will be used against you in a court of law to send you to prison, even if you are innocent of all charges.

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2020, @08:03PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2020, @08:03PM (#969250)

    CP planted on your home computers is part of the severance package.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by bradley13 on Tuesday March 10 2020, @08:39PM (3 children)

      by bradley13 (3053) on Tuesday March 10 2020, @08:39PM (#969275) Homepage Journal

      You joke, but you're not wrong. Planting co is an obvious tactic, and it is just astounding how often it oh do conveniently crops up is cases where the government is unable to produce evidence for the original charges.

      As for false statements to the FBI: that shouldn't be a crime in the first place. Agents are trained to trip you up and make you contradict yourself. Add in stress and fallible memory, and everyone can be prompted to say something "false".

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      • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2020, @08:43PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 10 2020, @08:43PM (#969280)

        Schulte is facing separate federal CP charges. He will be buried on those alone.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11 2020, @12:13AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11 2020, @12:13AM (#969358)

        And now we know why bradley13 is an expat. No extradition treaty, right?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11 2020, @04:08AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11 2020, @04:08AM (#969480)

        I hate when you shitbags on SN say reasonable things. It's like 1 in 100 but fuck you, don't force me to read the other 99 in case it's the 1.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday March 10 2020, @08:42PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 10 2020, @08:42PM (#969278) Journal

    Anything you say to the FBI can and will be used against you in a court of law to send you to prison, even if you are innocent of all charges.

    Also . . .

    Anything you DO NOT say to the FBI can and will be used against you in a court of law to send you to prison, even if you are innocent of all charges.

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  • (Score: 2) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Tuesday March 10 2020, @10:12PM

    by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Tuesday March 10 2020, @10:12PM (#969319) Journal

    And nothing you say needs to be brought forward if it exculpates you. That's the other half of that truism.

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