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Minor convictions for ex-CIA coder in hacking tools case

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 11:54:01-04

NEW YORK — A former CIA software engineer accused of stealing a massive trove of the agency's hacking tools and handing it over to WikiLeaks was convicted him of only minor charges.

The jury says Monday they were deadlocked on more serious espionage charges against him.

Joshua Schulte, who worked as a coder at the agency's headquarters in Virginia, was convicted by a federal jury of contempt of court and making false statements after a four-week trial in Manhattan federal court.

After deliberating since last week, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the more significant charges. The trial offered an unusual window into the CIA's digital sleuthing and the team that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries.