NSA agent charged with data theft larger than Snowden’s

A former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor has been indicted on charges of what some US officials refer to as the largest theft of government secrets in history.

A federal grand jury found Harold Thomas Martin guilty of willfully retaining highly sensitive government material, which he stole from the US intelligence community over the past 20 years.

The 52-year-old contractor, who was arrested by the FBI in October, has been reportedly hoarding a trove of US military secrets at his home in Glen Burnie, Maryland since August 1996.

Martin faces 20 charges, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The government has yet to confirm if he had exposed the data to any third parties.

“For as long as two decades, Harold Martin flagrantly abused the trust placed in him by the government,” said US Attorney Rod Rosenstein.

In 2014, Martin stole NSA reports that laid out in detail intelligence information “regarding foreign cyber issues.” The…

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