Another NSA Contractor Charged With Theft of Classified Info
Shades of Edward Snowden? A 51-year-old National Security Agency contractor was arrested on suspicion of stealing classified materials.The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland revealed on Oct. 5 that a National Security Agency contractor was arrested on Aug. 27 on charges of confidential information theft. Charged is 51-year-old Harold Thomas Martin III on allegations that he removed and retained classified government documents. Law enforcement executed a search warrant on Martin's property on Aug. 27 and found documents that the government labeled top-secret. According to the Justice Department, six classified document were recovered that were originally produced by U.S. intelligence officials in 2014. "These documents were produced through sensitive government sources, methods and capabilities, which are critical to a wide variety of national security issues," the Justice Department stated. "The disclosure of the documents would reveal those sensitive sources, methods and capabilities." Martin was interviewed by investigators while the search warrants were being executed. According to the criminal complaint, Martin at first denied possession of the top-secret documents, but later recanted when he was directly confronted with specific documents found on his premises.
Martin "admitted he took documents and digital files from his work assignment to his residence and vehicle that he knew were classified," the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland criminal complaint against Martin states.