| Joshua Schulte |
|Born||Joshua Adam Schulte|
25 September 1988
Joshua Adam Schulte is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who is suspected of being involved in a leak of classified documents ("Vault 7") to WikiLeaks, which some have called "the largest loss of classified documents in the agency’s history and a huge embarrassment for CIA officials."
In February 2020, nearly three years after WikiLeaks’ publishing of “Vault 7” content in March 2017, Schulte appeared in a federal court in Manhattan as his defence and the CIA’s prosecutors delivered their opening arguments.
David Denton, assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, contended that Schulte had carried out the “ultimate act of betrayal” against the CIA and, according to a notebook recovered from his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, kept “a detailed battle plan” for his “information war,” reported the New York Daily News. The prosecution claimed Schulte clearly had a grudge against the agency and that he wrote “Top secret? F**k your top secret!” in his notebook.
Sabrina Shroff, Schulte’s defence attorney, argued that the 31-year-old was being made a scapegoat to cover up for the agency’s “wide open” system that stored the now-leaked information:
- “After nearly three years, this massive CIA leak still remains a mystery,” she said, asserting that it was an open secret that the system was vulnerable. “Hundreds of people could have and did have the opportunity to take that information. The CIA went a whole year without knowing that their super-secure system had been hacked."
Joshua Schulte, who has pleaded not guilty, is facing a total of 11 criminal counts, including theft of government property and lying to the FBI, the most serious of which carries a 10-year prison sentence.
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