US is suing former CIA employee for leaking Vault 7 files




US has indicted a 29-year-old man named Joshua Schulte to distribute secret information from the CIA. This was done by bringing out the so-called Vault 7 files, which discussed the tools and tactics of the CIA.

The US Department of Justice does not mention the organization with which Schulte shared the files, but The Washington Post writes that it is assumed that this means WikiLeaks. The organization began publishing the files from the Vault 7 collection in March of last year. “Joshua Schulte, a former CIA employee, is suspected of having used his access to the CIA to send secret material to an external organization,” the ministry said.

Later in the report, the ministry writes that Schulte also intentionally caused damage to CIA systems by gaining unauthorized access, removing evidence of its activities and denying others access to the systems. Then he would have lied to the FBI about his actions.

In March 2017, when the first Vault 7 publication of WikiLeaks appeared, the FBI has already searched the defendant’s house, the ministry reports. There the FBI found several computers and servers, which the investigation department confiscated. It turned out that Schulte had an encrypted container on one of his systems, in which 10,000 images of child pornography were found ‘under three layers of passwords’.

He had previously used those passwords on his telephone, which allowed the FBI to gain access. Furthermore, the service would have found chat logs in which the distribution of the material was discussed. The FBI also found several Google searches in which the suspect searched for child pornography. Schulte had already been arrested for this in August 2017 and is also charged with these offenses.

The Vault 7 publications contain information about a variety of topics, such as Windows malware, router hacks, and other CIA tools.


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