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A former CIA engineer has been convicted of espionage for leaking documents to WikiLeaks that exposed the agency as engaging in mass surveillance.

The conviction of Joshua Schulte on eight spying and obstruction charges was announced in a Manhattan court on 13 June.

The Vault 7 exploits were released beginning in March 2017 and continued until September that year.

In May 2018, the US named Schulte as a suspect in the theft, but could not immediately charge him due to a lack of evidence.

His initial trial in March 2020 ended in a mistrial with the jury deadlocked.

"Joshua Adam Schulte was a CIA programmer with access to some of the country’s most valuable intelligence-gathering cyber tools used to battle terrorist organisations and other malign influences around the globe," US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

"When Schulte began to harbour resentment toward the CIA, he 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.

“Moreover, Schulte was aware that the collateral damage of his retribution could pose an extraordinary threat to this nation if made public, rendering them essentially useless, having a devastating effect on our intelligence community by providing critical intelligence to those who wish to do us harm.

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

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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