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Former CIA agent convicted of the largest data leak in American history

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In a federal court on Wednesday, a former CIA employee convicted of conducting the largest leak of classified information in the organization’s history was indicted on all allegations.

Joshua Schulte, who was convicted of granting reams of classified information to WikiLeaks in 2016, was charged and convicted of, among other charges, illegally possessing and transferring of information related to national defense and obstructing a criminal investigation and grand jury session.

He had designed cyber tools that enabled him to extract information secretly from computers while employed as a computer engineer for the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. Schulte represented himself in court. In 2020, a previous trial resulted in a deadlocked jury.

“Some of the nation’s most important intelligence-gathering cyber tools used to combat terrorist organizations and other” were available to Schulte.

Today, Schulte has been convicted for one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history.

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