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  • avaistheone1 (1300 posts)
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    US identifies suspect in leak of CIA hacking tools

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. government has identified a suspect in the leak last year of a large portion of the CIA’s computer hacking arsenal, the cyber tools the agency had used to conduct espionage operations overseas, according to interviews and public documents.

    But despite months of investigation, prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against the man, who is a former CIA employee currently being held in a Manhattan jail on unrelated charges.

    Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, is believed to have provided the agency’s top-secret information to WikiLeaks, federal prosecutors acknowledged in a hearing in January. The anti-secrecy group published the code under the label “Vault 7” in March 2017. It was one of the most significant and potentially damaging leaks in the CIA’s history, exposing secret cyber weapons and spying techniques that also might be used against the United States, according to current and former intelligence officials.

    Schulte’s connection to the leak investigation hasn’t been previously reported.

    Federal authorities searched Schulte’s apartment in New York last year and obtained a personal computer equipment, notebooks, and hand-written notes according to a copy of the search warrant reviewed by The Washington Post. But that failed to provide the evidence that prosecutors needed to indict Schulte with illegally giving the information to WikiLeaks.


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  • djean111 (6750 posts)
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    1. Oh noes!!!!!!!

    Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, 

    I am shocked!!!!!!!  I thought only Russia did that sort of nefarious thing!!!!!!  Can this be true??????  And can this be why the “Russia!!!!!” crap never gained any traction with people, other than the media, special shout-out to Rachel Maddow!, and some Democrats with ulterior motives?  I am all verklempt now!!!!!!  Or is this another thing where it is okay if we do it, because we are special snowflakes?

    • *Obligatory disclaimer - when I say "Democratic Party" I mean the DNC - the Clintons and the un-elected people and the consultants and the lobbyists and the corporations who actually run things.  The people who work and vote and are registered as "D" are no more the actual party than Trekkies are Star Trek.   Extra credit - the Democratic Party gets to actually fuck up your life. When you vote for it.
    You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.
    • ZimInSeattle (2298 posts)
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      2. Of course its ok if we do it. We're the indispensible exceptional

      nation. So the Vault 7 release was from an inside leak, but the DNC/Podesta/Killary emails were leak proof and only a hack by Russians would get them published. Yeah, that must be it.

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  • bobthedrummer (3907 posts)
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    3. NSA Treasure Map (Der Spiegel via cryptome 2014 pdf)


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