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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) by takyon on Tuesday March 10 2020, @10:14PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Tuesday March 10 2020, @10:14PM (#969322) Journal

    No verdict was reached on those charges. They can refile/retry:

    The mistrial on eight counts injected new uncertainty into a complex case that had been several years in the making. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan did not immediately say whether prosecutors would retry Schulte on the most serious charges. The CIA also declined to comment.

    Schulte faces separate child pornography charges, but his defense team is trying to to have those counts thrown out due to what it calls “misstatements” the FBI made in applying for a warrant to search Schulte’s New York City apartment.

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