Vault 7 Leaker Joshua Schulte Convicted of Nine Counts Related to Largest Theft in CIA History
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Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) software engineer Joshua Schulte was convicted by a federal jury of nine counts, including illegally gathering national defense information and illegally transmitting that information, related to the largest theft of classified information in the agency’s history.
The verdict came two years after a previous jury failed to agree on eight of the ten charges he faced then. Schulte dumped a massive cache of CIA documents on Wikileaks in March 2017, known as the Vault 7 leak, which the agency said created “catastrophic” damage to national security. Reports characterize Schulte as emotionally unstable and driven by a grudge against his CIA co-workers. Schulte, who defended himself at the most recent trial, has argued that he was being made a scapegoat for the C.I.A.’s own failings. (Ed Shanahan / New York Times)
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