A former coder in a secret CIA hacking unit who is accused of the biggest leak of classified material in the intelligence agency’s history faced the courts for a second time today.
Joshua Schulte, 33, worked for the CIA’s engineering development programme called the operations support branch, which created hacking tools for cyberspying. He is on trial in New York for spying, charged with handing more than two billion pages of secret data to WikiLeaks in April 2016.
His first trial, in February 2020, ended with a hung jury on the most serious charges. Schulte was found guilty of making false statements to the FBI and contempt of court.
WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, published thousands of classified documents in March 2017 that exposed how