(Reuters) – A former Nationwide Safety Company contractor was sentenced in Maryland to 9 years in jail on Friday for stealing big quantities of categorised materials from U.S. intelligence companies over 20 years although officers by no means discovered proof he shared it with anybody.
FILE PHOTO: The Nationwide Safety Company (NSA) headquarters is seen in Fort Meade, Maryland, U.S. February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Sait Serkan Gurbuz/File Picture
Harold Martin, 54, additionally obtained three years of supervised launch from U.S. District Decide Richard Bennett in Baltimore after pleading responsible to willful retention of nationwide protection data, the Justice Division stated in an announcement.
In what officers have known as maybe the most important breach of U.S. categorised data on report, Martin was accused of stealing from the NSA, CIA, U.S. Cyber Command and Nationwide Reconnaissance Workplace beginning in 1996. The information he was accused of stealing included 2014 NSA experiences detailing intelligence data “concerning overseas cyber points” that contained focusing on data and “overseas cyber intrusion strategies.”
The listing of pilfered paperwork additionally included an NSA person’s information for an intelligence-gathering device and a 2007 file with particulars about particular day by day operations, the indictment in opposition to him stated.
“As a substitute of respecting the belief given to him by the American individuals, Martin violated that belief and put our nation’s safety in danger,” Assistant Legal professional Basic John Demers stated. “This sentence will maintain Mr. Martin accountable for his harmful and illegal actions.”
Prosecutors have stated Martin’s actions risked the disclosure of prime secret data to America’s enemies. One in all their allegations was that Martin talked on-line with individuals in Russian and different languages however they by no means discovered proof he shared stolen data with anybody.
His protection staff portrayed him as an eccentric hoarder. Martin’s legal professional couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
From 1993 to 2016, Martin was employed with at the very least seven companies and was assigned as a contractor to work in a number of authorities companies, the Justice Division stated.
His positions, which concerned work on extremely categorised tasks involving authorities pc methods, gave him varied safety clearances that routinely offered him entry to top-secret data, it stated.
The federal government has not stated what, if something, Martin did with the extremely delicate materials that, in keeping with the court docket paperwork, he hoarded at his house in Glen Burnie, Maryland and his automobile.
Martin was working for Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp when he was taken into custody in 2016. Booz Allen additionally had employed Edward Snowden, who leaked a trove of secret information to information organizations in 2013 that uncovered huge home and worldwide surveillance operations carried out by the NSA.
When FBI brokers raided Martin’s house south of Baltimore they discovered stacks of paperwork and digital storage units amounting to 50 terabytes of information, in keeping with prosecutors.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Modifying by Will Dunham