Joshua Schulte, a former CIA employee, was charged Monday with violating the Espionage Act by leaking agency hacking tools. The tools, considered federal property, were used for spy operations by the CIA against foreign nations.
The tools were leaked online by WikiLeaks in 2017. It is believed Schulte stole the tools in 2016 before making them available to Wikileaks.
Prior to Monday’s charges, Schulte was held in federal custody relating to child pornography charges. Investigators state Schulte had over 10,000 images and videos on his computer encrypted with three layers of passwords to view.
If convicted on all charges, Schulte faces 135 years in prison.