A former federal prosecutor who is not connected to the case said that it is not unusual to hold a suspect in one crime on unrelated charges and that the months Schulte has spent in jail do not necessarily mean the government's case has hit a wall. In March 2017, the officials were already smarting from an unprecedented leak of National Security Agency software exploits seven months earlier by a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers.
According to the Times, FBI agents said they found images of children being molested by adults on a server Schulte created as a business in 2009 while he was a student at the University of Texas.
With more than 8,000 CIA documents published to date, according to a defense attorney at the January hearing, the Vault 7 series came as a major embarrassment to United States intelligence officials.
Schulte was released on the condition that he not leave the Big Apple and don't use computers. He was thrown back in jail in December when he violated that order.
Schultz, of NY, now is detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NY.
Schulte is now detained in a Manhattan jail on child pornography charges.
He also said that because of 'unfortunate circumstances the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgement that (he) was guilty of the leaks and targeted (him)'.
Laroche said prosecutors got a warrant and searched Schulte's devices after identifying him as a target in the Wikileaks investigation.
The FBI stopped Schulte from traveling to Mexico and took his passport.
It is unclear why he has not been charged or cleared in connection with the theft and subsequent leak.
Defense attorneys, the NYT said, have asked the court to "impose a deadline on any charges that the government seeks to bring under the Espionage Act for supplying the secret Central Intelligence Agency files to WikiLeaks".
'This case has been dragging since August 2017, ' she told the Times in an interview.
On Friday, Manhattan federal prosecutor Matthew Laroche estimated in court that charges against Schulte are 45 days away. Otherwise he is just languishing'.
Schulte worked at the agency as a software engineer who helped design malware used to break into the computers of terrorism suspects and other targets.
Schulte, who also worked for the NSA before joining the CIA, left the intelligence community in 2016 and took a job in the private sector, according to a lengthy statement he wrote that was reviewed by The Post. The GoFundMe does not have any donations.