An assistant USA attorney, Matthew Larouche, claimed during a court hearing in January that "the government immediately had enough evidence" to investigate Schulte as a suspect in the Vault 7 leaks.
Prosecutors said they plan to file a new indictment by July. And I would disagree with the defense counsel's characterization that those search warrants haven't yielded anything that is consistent with his involvement in that disclosure.
But instead of charging Mr. Schulte in the breach, referred to as the Vault 7 leak, prosecutors charged him last August with possessing child pornography, saying agents had found 10,000 illicit images on a server he created as a business in 2009 while studying at the University of Texas at Austin.
In August past year, authorities filed child pornography charges against Schulte, who is in a jail in Manhattan, after claiming to have found 10,000 illicit images on a server that he had set up in 2009 while studying at the University of Texas in Austin.
At the time, Schulte's lawyer argued many people could have accessed the encrypted computer server containing the explicit materials. According to an FBI affidavit, investigators obtained passwords from Schulte's phone and decrypted a 54 GB file stored on a virtual machine that allegedly contained 10,000 offensive images and videos.
According to his family and his LinkedIn page, Mr. Schulte did an internship at the National Security Agency while working on a bachelor's degree in computer engineering.
Schulte was released on the condition that he not leave the Big Apple and don't use computers.
Known as "Vault 7", WikiLeaks exposed critical Central Intelligence Agency documents revealing secret cyber weapons and spying techniques used by, and now potentially against, the Central Intelligence Agency.
Schulte's defenders claim that he was being flippant and that he had no idea what people were storing on his servers. They conducted a number of search warrants on the defendant's residence.
Schulte's father, Roger, said he was scared to death. A new batch of leaks included more than 8,700 documents and files.
"The government immediately had enough evidence to establish that he was a target of that investigation", Laroche said.
Part of that investigation, Laroche said, was analysing whether a technology is known as Tor, which allows Internet users to hide their location, "was used in transmitting classified information".
Schulte's January court hearing also revealed that he may face felony state charges in Loudoun County, Virginia, for sexual assault. "And since the defendant brought it up, I think it's particularly relevant given the other investigation which continues to be ongoing with respect to this defendant".
But a Wednesday online search of Loudoun County Circuit Court records did not turn up any active case, at least yet, that names Schulte.