News 17 may — 13:11

CIA data leak suspect named by media

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A former CIA software engineer is the prime suspect in the leaking of a stolen archive of spy agency's secrets last year, US media have revealed, BBC reports.

However after searching his home, prosecutors charged Joshua Schulte, 29, with having 10,000 child abuse images.

He denies the charges and remains suspected of leaking extensive CIA data to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

In March 2017, Wikileaks published thousands of documents detailing the spy agency's cyber-warfare programme.

Mr Schulte designed malware used to break into terrorism suspects' and other targets' computers for the CIA for six years. He quit the spy agency in 2016 to work in the private sector.

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