A story making the national headlines Wednesday sounds a lot like the situation surrounding Edward Snowden. This time, however, the contractor who took the secret documents got caught.
According to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein’s office, Glen Burnie resident Harold T. Martin III was arrested for stealing secret documents. Like Snowden, the 51-year-old Martin was a contractor for the NSA through Booz Allen Hamilton who had a top secret security clearance, NBC News reports.
The feds searched his home, storage sheds and car on August 27, and found hard and digital copies of top secret information, including six documents that were obtained from intelligence sources and would reveal “sensitive sources, methods, and capabilities,” if released, the feds allege. The New York Times reports Martin is suspected of taking information containing code could be used to break into computer systems of other countries like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, but said officials indicated the information could be dated.
Things got even more shadowy. Buzzfeed’s Talal Ansari discovered that Martin’s home was blurred out on Google Maps.
— Talal Ansari (@TalalNAnsari) October 5, 2016
Martin is charged in the case, and has yet to be tried. The feds say he had an initial court hearing in Baltimore on August 29 after being arrested. More than a month later, he is still being held by authorities.
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