Another National Security Agency contractor has been accused of stealing highly classified information, the Justice Department revealed on Wednesday.
The suspect, Harold Thomas Martin III of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was quietly arrested and has been formally charged in the case.
Investigators are now trying to prove whether the contractor disclosed “highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments” like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, according to The New York Times.
The DOJ released the following statement outlining what they found at Martin’s home:
“On Aug. 27, 2016, search warrants were executed at Martin’s residence in Glen Burnie, Maryland, including two storage sheds, as well as upon his vehicle and person. During execution of the warrants, investigators located hard-copy documents and digital information stored on various devices and removable digital media. A large percentage of the materials removed from Martine’s residence and vehicle bore margins indicating that they were property of the U.S. government and contained highly classified information, including Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).”
It would be the second time in three years an NSA employee has managed to steal highly damaging information from the secretive spy agency. Edward Snowden, who was also an NSA contractor, stole a massive amount of classified information on the agency’s surveillance programs and distributed a trove of documents to news organizations.
Like Snowden, the contractor reportedly worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm that works with the NSA on many sensitive projects.
Snowden himself weighed in on the arrest, calling it “huge” and offering his own speculation.
“This is huge,” he wrote.” “Did the FBI secretly arrest the person behind the reports NSA sat on huge flaws in US products?”
This is huge. Did the FBI secretly arrest the person behind the reports NSA sat on huge flaws in US products? https://t.co/otgOwB5efm
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 5, 2016
One of Snowden’s go-to journalists, Glenn Greenwald, also had a few things to say.
Nobody is more inept at securing its own data than NSA. But trust them to keep all yours safe and secure! https://t.co/mS04JOQc8v
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 5, 2016