NSA contractor accused of taking classified information
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.