In middle May, both The New York Times and The Washington Post, revealed the name of the alleged source of the Vault 7 leak, the man who passed the secret documents to Wikileaks. According to his LinkedIn profile, Schulte worked for the NSA for five months in 2010 as a systems engineer, after this experience, he joined the CIA as a software engineer and he left the CIA in November 2016.
Schulte was identified a few days after WikiLeaks started leaking the precious dumps.
Schulte was arrested for possession of child pornography, he was charged on three counts of receipt, possession and transportation of child pornography in August 2017.
The man was released in September 2017, but in December he was arrested again for violating the conditions of his release.
Now Joshua Adam Schulte faces new charges included in a new indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, he was charged with the unlawful transmission and attempted unlawful transmission of national defense secrets from prison.
“Prosecutors requested a new arraignment on the rewritten indictment which they said outlined “his continued, brazen disclosure of classified information while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.” The center is next to Manhattan federal court.” reported the Associated Press.
“In a letter to Judge Paul A. Crotty, prosecutors said they learned in May that Schulte had distributed search warrant materials that were supposed to remain secret to family members so that they could be distributed to others, including members of the media. They said they also learned that Schulte provided materials containing classified information to his family members as well.”
According to prosecutors, the government was aware that Schulte has been using one or more smuggled cellphones to communicate clandestinely with individuals outside the prison.
“An FBI search found multiple contraband cellphones including at least one with significant encryption, about 13 email and social media accounts and other electronic devices, prosecutors said.” continues the AP.
According to prosecutors Joshua Adam Schulte had sent classified information to third parties, he also used an encrypted email account to transmit them.
Since October 1st, Schulte was assigned to more restrictive detention conditions, likely to an isolated part of the correctional center.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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