Former CIA employee Joshua Adam Schulte was convicted Wednesday of stealing classified government documents and software tools and providing them to WikiLeaks, which then released them to the public.
Schulte wasin May 2018 following the leak of the documents in March 2017. The leaks, called "Vault 7," people's phones, smart TVs and computers to access electronic evidence.
Schulte had worked for the CIA as a coder, helping develop those hacking tools in Langley, Virginia. He's also awaiting trial on most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history," Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement Wednesday.. The theft and release of information was "one of the
"[Schulte] covertly collected those tools and provided them to WikiLeaks, making some of our most critical intelligence tools known to the public -- and therefore, our adversaries," Williams added.
The CIA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.