Schulte is now being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
According to court documents reviewed by The Associated Press on Tuesday, government prosecutors say Joshua Adam Schulte of NY is a target in the investigation of the theft of hacking tools the Central Intelligence Agency used to spy overseas. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly searched his Manhattan home a week after the WikiLeaks published its first Vault 7 dispatch in March 2017.
Weaver added that the fact the leak could happen was more significant as it came well after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden released masses of documents about the agency's surveillance of American citizens in 2013. He argues dozens of people had access to the server.
That cache would eventually be disclosed as the "Vault 7" data dump.
"Due to these unfortunate coincidences the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgment that I was guilty of the leaks and targeted me", Schulte wrote in a statement obtained by the Post.
But the prosecutor, Matthew Laroche, an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of NY, said that the government has not brought an indictment, that the investigation "is ongoing" and that Schulte "remains a target of that investigation", according to a court transcript of the January 8 hearing that escaped public notice at the time. However, prosecutors have publicly revealed Schulte to be a key suspect in the Vault 7 leaks after seizing computer equipment, notebooks and handwritten notes from his apartment. Schulte's attorneys have said that Tor is used for all kinds of communications and have maintained that he played no role in the Vault 7 leaks.
Schulte is now detained in a Manhattan jail on child pornography charges. He has pleaded not guilty in that case. It was then a series of unlucky coincidences, he said, that led the government to focus in on him as a suspect in the leak investigation. Prosecutors said in court last week they plan to file a new indictment in the next 45 days, according to the Times. He was in the CIA for the development of a computer code to the intelligence of foreign adversaries.
It is unclear why he has not been charged or cleared in connection with the theft and subsequent leak.
Prior to joining the CIA, Schulte worked for the National Security Agency.
Schulte was arrested in August, but prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against him. They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence. Laroche was actually describing a "characterization" by Schulte's attorneys and expressing disagreement.