Federal authorities allege that Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, stole Top Secret and other information that were found in his home, storage sheds and vehicle.
The thefts occurred while he was working as a contractor for the National Security Agency or NSA, officials announced today.
According to an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, Martin, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, had a top secret national security clearance.
Martin, a Navy veteran who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, was arrested on Aug. 27. NSA was the intelligence agency whose spy secrets were exposed by Edward Snowden who also worked for Booz Allen Hamilton.
The criminal complaint was filed on Aug. 29 and unsealed today.
On Aug. 27, 2016, search warrants were executed at Martin’s residence including two storage sheds, as well as upon his vehicle and person.
During execution of the warrants, investigators found hard-copy documents and digital information stored on various devices and removable digital media.
A large percentage of the materials recovered from Martin’s residence and vehicle bore markings indicating that they were property of the U.S. government and contained highly classified information.
This included Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information or SCI. In addition, investigators located property of the U.S. government worth more than $1,000, which Martin allegedly stole.
The complaint alleges that among the classified documents found in the search were six classified documents obtained from sensitive intelligence and produced by a government agency in 2014.
These 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 documents have been reviewed by a person designated as an original classification authority. In each instance, unauthorized disclosures could have caused grave damage to the national security of the U.S.
If convicted, Martin is facing up to 11 years in prison, according to officials.
Martin is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. He remains behind bars.
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