NSA Contractor Charged with Stealing Classified Materials

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A Maryland man has been charged with unauthorized removal and retention of top secret/SCI materials.

A National Security Agency contractor has been charged with stealing classified material, reportedly including computer codes.

Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was charged with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor, according to a Justice Department statement.

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The FBI arrested Martin on Aug. 27 but kept the files sealed until Wednesday. A search of his home and vehicle found hard-copy and digital material marked top secret and sensitive compartmented information, including six documents from 2014 “produced through sensitive government sources, methods and capabilities, which are critical to a wide variety of national security issues,” according to the release.

The New York Times reported Martin, who worked as a contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton, is being investigated for taking hacking tools designed to get into foreign government’s networks.

Booz Allen Hamilton, which also previously employed Edward Snowden, said it fired Martin after learning about the arrest, according to The Wall Street Journal.