A Manhattan federal jury yesterday failed to reach a verdict on any major charges leveled against Joshua Schulte, a former CIA software engineer from Lubbock, Texas, who was accused of stealing the agency's hacking tools and delivering them to WikiLeaks for publication.

Schulte, 31, was convicted on contempt of court and making false statements, but escaped more serious charges of espionage, resulting in a mistrial on eight counts, according to multiple media reports.

U.S. prosecutors have asserted that Schulte is responsible for exfiltrating the files posted in the 2017 Vault 7 leak -- a series of WikiLeaks posts that revealed a wide range of CIA hacking tools, including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized zero-day exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. These tools were used to compromise popular computer and smartphone operating systems, web browsers, and smart devices.

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