Ex-CIA Engineer Convicted For Leaking Classified Info to Wikileaks

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Former CIA programmer, Joshua Adam Schulte, was convicted on federal charges in connection to the massive Vault 7 theft of secret information provided to WikiLeaks in what has been referred to as “one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history” by the Justice Department.

Joshua Shulte was found guilty by a jury on nine counts after appearing in his second court case since his arrest in 2018.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Williams argued in court that Schulte leaked some of the “most valuable intelligence-gathering cyber tools used to battle terrorist organizations and other malign influences around the globe” out of spite and resentment toward the intelligence agency.

Schulte acted as his own lawyer and attempted to defend himself by claiming that investigators had engaged in a “political witch hunt from day one” and singled [Schulte] out as the guilty party, then worked backward.

Schulte was previously convicted by a split jury in 2020 on two counts: contempt of court and making false statements to the FBI. A sentencing date for Schulte has not been set due to the engineer awaiting trial on charges of possessing child pornography. Schulte pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Schulte’s Vault 7 leak appeared as a series of posts starting on March 7, 2017, on Wikileaks that detailed the CIA’s ongoing efforts to perform electronic surveillance. The files, dated from 2013 to 2016, included details about how the agency had learned to compromise several pieces of software, including web browsers, operating systems, car systems, and mobile devices. The CIA did not know about the data theft until after it was posted to Wikileaks, according to internal documents.

  1. F the CIA they need to be abolished anyway! They’re the whole reason why we have globalism! It’s kind of funny in 1947 the CIA was established. The UN was established and Isreal became a country! And it sounds like both of those were created to wipe Israel off the face of the map! I don’t support any organization that installs Chairman Mao especially after we just defeated Hitler! Let me guess more American hating by the CIA was leaked to WikiLeaks! Let me guess they were trying to trample over our civil liberties something they’ve been doing since their Inception!

  2. Well, let’s see – WikiLeaks exposed the Democrats and their underhanded tactics which alerted the nation to the duplicity of the Democrat party among the fact that the government was spying on Americans

  3. What ever happened to the Death Penalty for conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States? Were the Rosenbergs that last ones so convicted back in the 50s? Maybe if it were reinstated, people would stop doing it.

  4. Whatever. Wake up. They HAVE ALL been doing this all along. This ex cia was most likely targeted for being uncooperative with the current Woke agenda. It also makes the cia look like what it most certainly is not: honest.

  5. From information on Wikileaks to being charged with child pornography sure smells of government cover up. This administration has proven to be the bigger liar in all the cases they have ruined peoples lives over to protect themselves. Maybe they need to be investigated.

    1. Considering all of the abc agencies have been corrupted, who’s left to investigate ?
      I know, it’s a sorry state of affairs 🙁


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