NSA Contractor Arrested for Stealing Classified Info

By Robert Chesney
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12:57 PM

Hot on the heels of a New York Times story revealing that an NSA contractor was arrested in August for theft of classified info, DOJ has just released some initial details of an arrest that seems sure to be about this situation (the press release is not posted on their site yet, but the press office has circulated by email a statement along with the FBI affidavit underlying the arrest warrant application). (Note: the press release and underlying affidavit don't actually say that "NSA" was the impacted agency). The defendant is Harold Thomas Martin III of Maryland. According to the arrest affidavit, FBI executed a search warrant at his home in late August, and found "hard copy documents and digital information stored on various devices and removable digital media." The materials included TS/SCI information, though of course the particulars are not specified. The affidavit says nothing about Martin's motivations or other details of that kind. It does assert that Martin confessed when confronted with the materials, after initial denials. Stay tuned...