Ex-NSA worker in theft case to stay in cus­tody

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

A for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency con­trac­tor ac­cused in a mas­sive theft of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion will re­main in cus­tody as pros­e­cu­tors con­tinue build­ing a crim­i­nal case against him, a fed­eral judge ruled Fri­day.

U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge A. David Cop­perthite agreed with pros­e­cu­tors that Harold T. Martin III of Glen Burnie, Mary­land, rep­re­sented a flight risk if re­leased and said there was no doubt that the top se­cret in­for­ma­tion he was ac­cused of steal­ing over two decades is some­thing “this coun­try’s en­e­mies would love to ex­plore.”

Martin’s lawyers fore­shad­owed their up­com­ing de­fense, de­scrib­ing him as a “com­pul­sive hoarder” and say­ing there was no ev­i­dence he ever shared the in­for­ma­tion with a for­eign coun­try or even in­tended to do so.

“He’s not Ed­ward Snow­den,” said James Wyda, the fed­eral de­fender rep­re­sent­ing Martin, re­fer­ring to the for­mer NSA con­trac­tor.

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