July 14, 2022 – In Breaking News – FOX NEWS
A former CIA programmer was convicted Wednesday of federal charges in connection to the massive Vault 7 theft of secret information provided to WikiLeaks in what the Justice Department describes as “one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history.”
Joshua Adam Schulte was once a CIA programmer “with access to some of the country’s most valuable intelligence-gathering cyber tools used to battle terrorist organizations and other malign influences around the globe,” according to a statement released by U.S. Attorney Damian Williams.
(An ex-CIA engineer has been convicted in what the judge calls one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history. Officials say Joshua Schulte leaked classified information to WikiLeaks in 2017. He now faces up to 80 years in prison. Courtesy of NewsNation and YouTube. Posted on Jul 14, 2022.)
However, when Schulte “began to harbor resentment toward the CIA, he covertly collected those tools and provided them to WikiLeaks, making some of our most critical intelligence tools known to the public – and therefore, our adversaries,” Williams, of the Southern District of New York, said.
“Moreover, Schulte was aware that the collateral damage of his retribution could pose an extraordinary threat to this nation if made public, rendering them essentially useless, having a devastating effect on our intelligence community by providing critical intelligence to those who wish to do us harm.”
Schulte, who chose to defend himself at a New York City retrial, told jurors in closing arguments that the CIA and FBI made him a scapegoat for an embarrassing public release of a trove of CIA secrets by WikiLeaks in 2017.
He watched without visibly reacting as U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman announced the guilty verdict on nine counts, which was reached in mid-afternoon by a jury that had deliberated since Friday, The Associated Press reported.
The so-called Vault 7 leak revealed how the CIA hacked Apple and Android smartphones in overseas spying operations, and efforts to turn internet-connected televisions into listening devices.
Prior to his arrest, Schulte had helped create the hacking tools as a coder at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
(A computer programmer who helped the Central Intelligence Agency design some of its most sensitive—and secretive—hacking tools was convicted Wednesday of handing over troves of internal CIA documents to WikiLeaks in the infamous “Vault 7” leak, which prosecutors called “one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history.” Courtesy of Forbes Breaking News and YouTube. Posted on Jul 17, 2022.)
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