40 years in prison for ex-CIA coder who leaked hacking tools to WikiLeaks

February 02, 2024

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seal is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia (SAUL LOEB)A former CIA programmer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for leaking the US spy agency's most valuable hacking tools to WikiLeaks. US District Judge Jesse Furman sentenced Schulte to 40 years in prison for espionage, computer hacking, contempt of court, making false statements to the FBI and child pornography. After quitting his job, he sent them to WikiLeaks, which began publishing the classified data in March 2017. In 2022, a new jury convicted Schulte on eight counts under the Espionage Act and one count of obstruction. The US government then moved to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on espionage charges.