A former CIA employee is convicted in the US for leaking documents to Wikileaks

The sentence that will be applied for these charges is not yet known.

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A jury found Joshua Schulte, an engineer and former CIA employee who designed malicious software to access the computers of suspected terrorists, guilty. and carried out the largest leak of classified documentation in the history of the agency to the Wikileaks portal.

The 33-year-old software engineer was found guilty of illegally compiling national defense information and of illegally transmitting that information, among other charges.

The leak to WikiLeaks, known as “Vault 7” and distributed in installments, began on March 7, 2018 and the organization founded by the Australian Julian Assange considered it “the largest leak of intelligence data in history.”

A week after that first disclosure, the authorities searched Schulte’s apartment in Manhattan (New York, USA) under a warrant that considered him suspected of “distributing national defense information”, and the agents told the Justice that they had taken those documents and some electronic devicesyes

In early July, Assange submitted to the High Court in London a request to appeal his extradition to the United States, which requires him to try him for crimes of espionage.

The 51-year-old activist remains in Belmarsh maximum security prison in London while his appeal against his surrender to Washington is resolved.

On June 17, the British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, signed the order to extradite the Australian journalist to the United States, which requires him on charges of espionage.

Weeks earlier, on April 20, a British court judge had issued a delivery order to the US Justice for consideration by the United Kingdom Government.

The United States demands Assange to prosecute him for 18 crimes of espionage and computer intrusion for the revelations of his portal that, according to his legal team, can mean up to 175 years in prison in that country.

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