Manhattan Federal Court jurors convicted a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) software engineer Wednesday of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, the most “brazen” espionage act in CIA’s history.
The jurors convicted Joshua Schulte, 33, of eight espionage charges and one obstruction charge, facing up to 80 years in jail.
Schulte reportedly leaked over 7,000 pages, millions of lines of embedded computer codes, and hundreds of attachments, revealing the CIA’s strategy to hack private consumers’ devices.
The so-called Vault-7 leak detailed the CIA’s use of malware to hack iPhone, Android, and smart televisions. The Vault-7 leak revealed that the CIA hacks Samsung smart TVs, “transforming them into covert microphones.”
US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams described Schulte’s crime as “one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history.”
Schulte was arrested in 2018, almost six months after Vault-7 leak was published.
Schulte was also accused of child pornography. Schulte will return to Manhattan Federal Court in two weeks to face another set of trials on the child pornography charges.
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