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.
A computer programmer who helped the CIA design some of its most sensitive—and secretive—hacking tools was convicted of handing over troves of internal CIA documents to WikiLeaks in the infamous “Vault 7” leak. pic.twitter.com/4aUNzOWV5M— Forbes (@Forbes) July 14, 2022
"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.”