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October 5, 2016

NSA contractor arrested for reportedly stealing secrets

by John_A

The New York Times reports that the FBI quietly arrested and charged an NSA contractor in late August on suspicion of stealing, and potentially disclosing computer code relating to an offensive hacking program designed to break into the network systems of adversarial foreign governments like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

The contractor in question is Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, MD according to authorities. He was charged on August 29th with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in federal prison.

Authorities raided Martin’s house back in August, shortly before arresting him and discovered both physical documents and digital files containing highly classified information. Officials also recovered materials from his car and a pair of storage sheds located on his property. There’s no word yet on what source code, exactly was stolen but the fact that the Shadow Broker story dropped right around the same time that the FBI began investigating Martin is an interesting coincidence to say the least.

Lazy: This guy and @Snowden both worked at @BoozAllen, so they are the same.

Not lazy: Booz must have a unique contract. Let’s investigate.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 5, 2016

Another interesting coincidence is that both Edward Snowden, who famously disclosed the government’s foreign and domestic spying programs to the US media before fleeing to Russia, and Martin were contracted to the NSA through the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting firm. Booz Allen Hamilton consulting declined to comment on the matter. Either way, this is not a good look for the NSA, which has now been burgled by its own contractors twice in three years.

Source: New York Times

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