A former Central Intelligence Agency software engineer was convicted by a federal jury on Wednesday of causing the largest theft of classified information in the agency’s history.
Former CIA operative Joshua Schulte was arrested after WikiLeaks revealed in 2017 a trove of confidential documents detailing the agency’s secret methods of penetrating the computer networks of foreign governments and terrorists.
The verdict on Wednesday came two years after a previous jury disagreed on eight of the ten charges he was facing.
At the earlier trial, Mr. Schulte, 33, was found guilty of contempt of court and making false statements to the FBI. He was convicted Wednesday on nine counts, including illegally collecting national defense information and illegally transmitting such information.
Damian Williams, the United States attorney in Manhattan, where the trial was held, welcomed the verdict. Mr Schulte has been convicted of “one of the most brutal and damaging acts of espionage in American history,” Mr Williams said in a statement.
Those actions, Mr Williams added, were driven by a grudge against the CIA that was so strong that it prompted Mr Schulte to “disclose some of our most critical intelligence tools to the public and therefore our adversaries.”
Mr Schulte, who defended himself at the most recent trial, has argued that he was made a scapegoat for the CIA’s own failings.
Nicole Hong contributed to the reporting.