In August, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested former National Security Agency contractor Harold Thomas Martin in secret.
Law enforcement officials reported that the FBI was investigating if the contractor stole and gave away extremely classified computer code built by the agency to breach into networks of foreign governments.
Now that the arrest has been made, an embarrassing issue came up for the second time in three years. Harold Thomas Martin was a contractor for consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton, and he was able to steal highly destructive classified information while working for the NSA.
The New York Times reported that Edward Snowden was also a Booz Allen contractor who took a massive set of documents from the agency in 2013. These were later given to journalists and had disclosed major surveillance programs in the United States and abroad.
According to Justice.gov, the current NSA contractor was charged with “theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor.” The site also reported that Martin was a contractor with the federal government. He also had a top secret national security access.
United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, and Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office declared the criminal complaint against the NSA contractor.
It was also reported that after a search was conducted at Martin’s house, investigators discovered hard copies and digital information kept inside devices and removable digital media. A lot of documents and materials were recovered from Martin’s residence and vehicle. These materials carried markings that show they were property of the United States.
All materials were full of top-secret information from the United States government, including Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
According to the Baltimore Sun, Glen Burnie, a navy veteran and government contractor, was also charged for possession of government property and taking and keeping classified materials.
“This is certainly a situation that the Department of Justice takes seriously, as evidenced by their complaint,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
“This is also a situation that President Obama takes quite seriously.”