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Former CIA employee identified as suspect accused of giving WikiLeaks secret ‘Vault 7’ hacking tools

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The United States government believes it has identified the perpetrator of the 2017 leak to Wikileaks of the Central Intelligence Agency’s computer hacking tools, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The newspaper reported for the first time that the suspect is Joshua Adam Schulte, a former CIA employee.

Despite searching the suspect’s New York apartment, prosecutors say they currently lack the evidence to charge Schulte.

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“Those search warrants haven’t yielded anything that is consistent with [Schulte’s] involvement in that disclosure,” said assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York Matthew Laroche.

However, Laroche says the investigation “is ongoing” with Schulte remaining “a target of that investigation.”

Schulte is currently detained in a Manhattan jail on child pornography charges.

Prior to joining the CIA, Schulte worked for the National Security Agency. He now works in the private sector.

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Trump’s anti-corruption defense blown away by State Department official in newly released testimony

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President Donald Trump's contention that his efforts to get dirt on the family of former Vice President Joe Biden were part of an anti-corruption focus was undermined by testimony that was released by Congress on Monday.

The testimony was released by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the acting chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, both advisors to Ambassador Kurt Volker on Ukraine policy, testified before the Committees about concerns they had with efforts to press Ukraine into announcing specific investigations which would help President Trump politically," the three chairpeople said in a joint statement. "Ms. Croft also testified that Ukrainian officials approached her quietly about the hold on security assistance in the July or August timeframe, before the hold had been made public.”

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Volker’s deputy told Congress Ukrainians found out Trump froze their military aid ‘very early on’ — before the public knew: report

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According to transcripts released on Monday by House investigators, Catherine Croft, a special adviser for Ukraine and deputy to Kurt Volker, testified that Ukrainian officials became aware of President Donald Trump's decision to freeze military aide appropriated by Congress "very early on" — and long before the public became aware of the delay.

Croft, according to the transcript, told the House that Ukrainian officials "approached me quietly and in confidence to ask me about an [Office of Management and Budget] hold on Ukraine security assistance," and that she was taken aback by how quickly they became aware of it.

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Deval Patrick considering a last-minute presidential bid: report

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Yet another Democrat is considering a late entry into the 2020 presidential campaign.

"Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has told Democratic officials that he is considering making a last-minute entry into the 2020 presidential race, according to two Democrats with knowledge of the conversations, the latest evidence of how unsettled the party’s presidential primary is less than three months before the Iowa caucuses," The New York Times reported Monday.

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