New York: A former CIA employee from New York was charged on Monday with the theft of classified national defence information from the agency.
Joshua Adam Schulte, of Manhattan, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment returned by a grand jury.
According to the indictment, Schulte stole the classified information and then transmitted it to an organisation that purports to publicly distribute classified, sensitive and confidential information. The organisation 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 US government has all but publicly acknowledged the embarrassing leak from the CIA's Centre 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."
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, US 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."