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US Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools

16 May 2018

The United States government believes it has identified the perpetrator of the 2017 leak to Wikileaks of the Central Intelligence Agency's computer hacking tools, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Schulte has been housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center ever since.

Laroche said he disagreed with Schulte's lawyer at the time, who claimed the search warrants had not yielded anything consistent with the material released by WikiLeaks.

Part of that investigation, Laroche said, was analyzing whether a technology known as Tor, which allows Internet users to hide their location, "was used in transmitting classified information".

The FBI agents managed to obtain multiple computers, servers and storage devices from Schulte's home, including an "encrypted container, approximately 54 GB in size", which held the child pornography.

The Post reports that federal prosecutors obtained a search warrant a year ago for personal computers and hand-written notes from Schulte's apartment, but that investigators didn't find any evidence linking Schulte to the disclosure.

An assistant USA attorney, Matthew Larouche, claimed during a court hearing in January that "the government immediately had enough evidence" to investigate Schulte as a suspect in the Vault 7 leaks.

"Due to these unfortunate coincidences the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgment that I was guilty of the leaks and targeted me", Schulte wrote in a statement obtained by the Post.

According to Schulte's LinkedIn page, he was an intern at the NSA while studying.

Jacob Kaplan, Schulte's attorney at the January hearing, told the court that "the government had full access to his computers and his phone, and they found the child pornography in this case, but what they didn't find was any connection to the WikiLeaks investigation".

Schulte's father, Roger, said he was scared to death.

The CIA declined to comment. He now works in the private sector.

Schulte also claimed that he reported "incompetent management and bureaucracy" at the CIA to that agency's inspector general as well as a congressional oversight committee. The documents themselves covered a period from 2013 to 2016, when Schulte had been employed at the agency.

Schulte said he had also been planning a vacation with his brother to Cancun, Mexico, which may have given the appearance that he was trying to flee the country. Laroche was actually describing a "characterization" by Schulte's attorneys and expressing disagreement.

US Identifies Suspect in Leak of CIA Hacking Tools