NSA con­trac­tor ac­cused of tak­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A con­trac­tor for the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency has been ar­rested on charges that he il­le­gally re­moved highly clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion and stored the ma­te­rial in his house and car, fed­eral prose­cu­tors said Wed­nes­day.

Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Md., was ar­rested by the FBI in Au­gust af­ter au­thor­i­ties say he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing taken govern­ment se­crets. A de­fense at­tor­ney said Martin did not in­tend to be­tray his coun­try.

The ar­rest was not made public un­til Wed­nes­day, when the Jus­tice Depart­ment re­leased a five-page crim­i­nal com­plaint that ac­cused Martin of hav­ing been in pos­ses­sion of top-se­cret in­for­ma­tion.

Among the clas­si­fied doc­u­ments found with Martin, ac­cord­ing to the FBI, were six that con­tain sen­si­tive in­tel­li­gence, mean­ing they were pro­duced through sen­si­tive govern­ment sources or meth­ods that are crit­i­cal to na­tional se­cu­rity.

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