Harold Thomas Martin, 52, was taken into custody by the FBI and charged with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor, authorities said.
The untouchables executed search warrants at Martin’s home in Maryland, as well as his vehicle and two storage sheds on the property. They found documents and digital information stored on various devices, many of which were marked “top secret” or otherwise highly classified.
The contractor allegedly took highly classified “source code” developed by the agency to break into computer systems of adversaries like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.
Martin had top secret security clearance and worked for the same contractor as NSA leaker Edward Snowden – Booz Allen Hamilton
“Among the classified documents found in the search were six classified documents obtained from sensitive intelligence and produced by a government agency in 2014. Those documents were produced through sensitive government sources, methods and capabilities, which are critical to a wide variety of national security issues.The disclosure of the documents would reveal those sensitive sources, methods and capabilities,” the DoJ said.
This is second time in three years someone with access to secret data was able to nick damaging secret information from the NSA, if only there were a security agency which had over reaching powers to stop this sort of thing.
Investigators are also trying to determine Martin’s motive and whether he is linked to a group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers, which is suspected in a series of leaks of NSA intercepts related to Japan, Germany and other countries that WikiLeaks has published.