Harold Thomas Martin, a 51-year-old US National Security Agency contractor from Maryland, may be remembered as the second Edward Snowden, although there are many differences between the two cases.
Martin, a former US Navy officer with top secret national security clearance, was arrested on Aug. 27 by the FBI and charged with the unauthorized removal and retention for many years of highly-sensitive classified documents. The purloined materials found in raids of his home and his car, which were described by as capable of causing “exceptionally grave damage” to US national security.
Like Snowden, Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, which hires out workers skilled in intelligence fields to American intelligence agencies, which often prefer to employ some workers as contractors for economic and legal reasons.
Senior members of the giant company, after they retired from the US defense sector, have strong ties in the corridors of power in Washington.
In a statement, the FBI said that Martin admitted some of the charges against him, when a large cache of printed documents and computer files marked “top secret” or “sensitive,” were found in his home and his car, He also owned up to leaking sensitive documents from his office….. [read more]