By Nick Baum
THURSDAY – 3/28/19
Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Harold Martin, who is deemed responsible for the largest security breach in US history, is expected to plead guilty in court today. Martin, now 54, spent 23 years working as a contractor with different companies working with intelligence agencies.
For almost his entire career, Martin had government clearance to files and documents that were confidential and couldn’t be released to the public. His prosecutors described him as a “hoarder”, as he had terabytes of files around his home as well as his car, although they haven’t accused him of leaking that information.
He was later arrested at his Maryland home in 2017, in which he was charged with 20 counts of stealing confidential information, across various jobs related to the intelligence agencies. Among the stolen files includes future plans, spy tools, and descriptions of a communications program.
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