FILE - The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia, Aug. 14, 2008.
FILE - The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia, Aug. 14, 2008.

NEW YORK - A former CIA employee from New York was charged Monday with the theft of classified national defense information from the agency that emerged publicly in March 2017, when WikiLeaks began releasing some of the CIA's hacking tools.
 
Joshua Adam Schulte, of Manhattan, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment returned by a grand jury. He was expected to be arraigned on the charges on Wednesday.
 
According to the indictment, Schulte stole the classified information in 2016 and then transmitted it to an organization that purports to publicly distribute classified, sensitive and confidential information. The organization was not identified in court papers.
 
The indictment also charged Schulte, 29, with the receipt, possession and transportation of child pornography. Schulte already was detained on the child pornography charges.
 
In January, a prosecutor said Schulte was the target of an ongoing investigation into the theft of tools that were used by the CIA to spy overseas.
 
WikiLeaks began releasing some of the CIA's hacking tools in March 2017. The U.S. government has all but publicly acknowledged the embarrassing leak from the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence. President Donald Trump told a television host then, "I just want people to know the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken."
 
According to the indictment, Schulte took classified information that "concerned, among other things, the intelligence gathering capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Agency."
 
Prosecutors said last month that they expected to bring charges by July.
 
Schulte's lawyer, Sabrina Shroff, said in May that her client was "deeply saddened" that he might face espionage-related charges.
 
On Monday, she said: "When all the evidence is clear, he's hardly the villain that the government tries to make him out to be."
 
In a release, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said unlawful disclosure of classified intelligence "can pose a grave threat to our national security, potentially endangering the safety of all Americans."
 
William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the New York FBI office, said Schulte "utterly betrayed this nation and downright violated his victims. As an employee of the CIA, Schulte took an oath to protect this country, but he blatantly endangered it by the transmission of classified Information."
 
Schulte faces various charges, including illegal gathering of national defense information, illegal transmission of lawfully possessed national defense information, unauthorized access to a computer to obtain classified information, theft of government property, causing transmission of a harmful computer program, information, code or command.
 
If convicted, he could face decades in prison.