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NSA contractor busted In alleged theft of secret documents

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BY KEN DILANIAN, NBC News

(NBC News) - A Maryland man who worked as a contractor for the NSA has been arrested for allegedly stealing classified materials, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Fifty-one-year-old Harold Thomas Martin III of Glen Burnie, who had a top secret national security clearance, was arrested on Aug. 27, according to the Justice Department. A search of his home allegedly revealed hard-copy documents and digital information stored on devices, including Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented government information. He has been in custody since August.

The New York Times reported earlier Wednesday that the FBI had arrested a Booz Allen Hamilton contractor and was trying to determine whether he had stolen computer codes used to hack into the networks of foreign governments like North Korea and China.

According to the DOJ's press release, the search of Martin's residence yielded "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."

Assistant Attorney General John Carlin confirmed the arrest to NBC News Wednesday during a cybersecurity conference in Boston. A senior U.S. official said Martin was the individual described in the Times story.

In 2013, Edward Snowden, also a Booz Allen Hamilton contractor for the NSA, took a huge cache of classified documents and fled the United States. The documents later formed the basis for reporting by The Guardian, The New York Times, and NBC News, among other publications.

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