Ex CIA Leaker Caught In Child Porn Scandal

386984 06: President George W. Bush, Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet and others stand on the seal of the Agency March 20, 2001 at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Bush toured the facility and met some of the Agency''s employees. (Pool Photo by David Burnett/Newsmakers)

A former CIA agent, who has been accused of leaking government secrets, has been charged with the theft of classified materials that were published by Wikileaks in March of 2017. But it is the other charges against him that are even more frightening.

CIA Office (Photo credit: David Burnett/Newsmakers)

In a 137-page manifesto that was handwritten by the former CIA employee, Joshua Adam Schulte declared himself to be “an innocent man.” He said that he has been wrongly accused and will reign victorious in proving that he had nothing to do with what was known as the “Vault 7 leak.”

“The government wrongfully attacked an American patriot who served his country for years and even prevented terrorists from this great city,” he wrote to the New York judge. “’It’s only a matter of time, but rest assured, I will prove my innocence.

“I see that the freedom and democracy I thought I was defending never actually existed – the Great American Façade,” he wrote in the rambling letter. But what is more disturbing than the classified secrets that Schulte obtained, and allegedly gave to Wikileaks, is the child pornography that was found on his computer.

In his letter to the judge, Schulte attempted to defend having the child porn. “The desktop with the alleged child pornography … is entirely classified. That’s right, classified child pornography that I can’t analyze,” he said. “How long must I endure this torturous hell in federal prison before I even get my trial?”

Schulte said that the child porn found on his computer was not his and could not be accessed by him. He blamed having the pornography on his computer on the fact that he ran a business in which he stored data for clients.

The self-proclaimed computer nerd said that his information helped to find the location of Al Qaida mastermind Osama Bin Laden and was used to “capture and kill terrorists, and even prevent terrorist attacks from right here in New York City.”

“It should be clear that the FBI rushed, with reckless disregard for the truth, to meet an arbitrary, artificial, and unrealistic deadline one week after Vault 7 was posted,” he said, The Miami Herald reported.

“This is the story of a botched investigation and the search for a scapegoat to conceal government incompetence,” Schulte wrote. “Alas, there is no child pornography case. There is no national security case. There is just an innocent man who served his country and was wrongfully punished for reporting issues to his management.”

He signed the letter, “Innocent Indefinitely Incarcerated Inmate #79471-054,” but the judge was not impressed.

“This is 137 pages, not including the appendix?” Judge Paul Crotty asked.

“Unfortunately, our typewriter is broken so it had to be handwritten,” Schulte said.

“I’m not sure when I’ll get finished. But I’ll start reading,” the judge said.

In May, prior to charges being filed, the government said it had evidence to suspect he was guilty of the crime. “Joshua Schulte, a former employee of the CIA, allegedly used his access at the agency to transmit classified material to an outside organization,” Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman wrote in a statement.

“During the course of this investigation, federal agents also discovered alleged child pornography in Schulte’s New York City residence. We and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting national security information and ensuring that those trusted to handle it honor their important responsibilities. Unlawful disclosure of classified intelligence can pose a grave threat to our national security, potentially endangering the safety of Americans,” he said.

The Department of Justice said, “The Encrypted Container with the child pornography files was identified by FBI computer scientists beneath three layers of password protection on the Personal Computer. Each layer, including the Encrypted Container, was unlocked using passwords previously used by SCHULTE on one of his cellphones. Moreover, FBI agents identified Internet chat logs in which SCHULTE and others discussed their receipt and distribution of child pornography. FBI agents also identified a series of Google searches conducted by SCHULTE in which he searched the Internet for child pornography.”

The Vault 7 leak showed the tools that the CIA uses and has used to hack phones, smart televisions, and computers to spy on its targets.

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