Thursday, October 31, 2019 6:42 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge in New York says investigators properly carried out searches that led to espionage charges against a former CIA employee.
U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty ruled Thursday in the case against Joshua Schulte .
Schulte's lawyers had urged Crotty to suppress the evidence, including electronic devices, saying the government misrepresented numerous important facts in getting search warrants .
Schulte's New York City apartment was searched in 2017 after WikiLeaks disclosed what the government says were over 8,000 documents and files containing classified information.
Schulte, a CIA computer engineer from 2010 to November 2016, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he leaked classified information.
Crotty noted there were several incorrect factual statements in a government affidavit but not enough to negate probable cause.
A defense lawyer did not immediately comment.