Federal Contractor Charged with Stealing "Highly Classified Material."
Criminal complaint filed in DC against Harold Martin of Glen Burnie, Maryland
October 7, 2016
A federal contractor has been arrested and charged with stealing highly classified information from the U.S. government, authorities announced Wednesday.
Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Md., was charged with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, authorities said. If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison.
He was arrested in August after investigators searched his home in Glen Burnie and found documents and digital information stored on various devices that contained highly classified information, authorities said. Officials said the material was recovered from Martin's car and two storage sheds on his property.
The exact nature of what was recovered is unclear, though a criminal complaint alleges that some documents were produced in 2014 and were "critical to a wide variety of national security issues."
The New York Times reported Wednesday that the FBI had secretly arrested a National Security Agency contractor who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in recent weeks and was investigating whether he disclosed highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments, though it did not initially name Martin. The same month Martin was arrested, some of the most powerful hacking tools created by the NSA were leaked online.
If convicted, Martin would face a maximum of 11 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland said he appeared in court on August 29 and remains detained. The charges against him were unsealed Wednesday.
Booz Allen Hamilton is the same contractor that employed Edward Snowden. Snowden has been accused of treason and lives in exile in Moscow. The company trades under the ticker symbol BAH, and is down 6% today on the news.
Court documents were filed under seal in August, and US Authorities only revealed the filing today.