The judge declared a mistrial as a result of the deadlock.
Joshua Schulte, who was being tried in connection with leaks that were known as Vault 7, the biggest leak in the history of the CIA, was found guilty of two counts: contempt of court and giving false statements to the FBI, according to The New York Times.
The Vault 7 exploits were released beginning in March 2017 and continued until September that year. In May 2018, the US named Schulte as a suspect in the theft but could not immediately charge him due to a lack of evidence.
- Illegal gathering of national defence information;
- Illegal transmission of lawfully possessed national defence information;
- Illegal transmission of unlawfully possessed national defence information;
- Unauthorised access to a computer to obtain classified information;
- Theft of government property;
- Unauthorised access of a computer to obtain information from a department or agency of the US;
- Causing transmission of a harmful computer program, information, code or command;
- Making false statements;
- Obstruction of justice;
- Receipt of child pornography;
- Possession of child pornography;
- Transportation of child pornography; and
- Criminal copyright infringement.
As expected, jurors found accused Vault 7 leaker Joshua Schulte guilty of just the two least serious charges against him: contempt and false statements. https://t.co/lw37MZtUEQ— emptywheel (@emptywheel) March 9, 2020
Prosecutors said Schulte had stolen the information because his superiors did not take his complaints about the workplace seriously. Schulte left the CIA in November 2016 and joined Bloomberg as a software engineer.
The NYT said one juror was dropped because she researched the case and then told her fellow jury members what she had discovered. The 11 remaining jurors included one who refused to participate in deliberations, and yet another juror who characterised the discussions as a "horrible experience" after the whole process was over.
Schulte faces a separate trial on the issue of child pornography and the government has the option of re-trying the case.