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06 October 2016 - NSA contractor accused of stealing classified documents

Publié par Marion Coste le 10/06/2016
NSA contractor charged with stealing classified government information
David S. Cloud (The Los Angeles Times, 06/10/2016)
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they had arrested a National Security Agency contractor and charged him with stealing classified intelligence documents and digital files, the second time in three years that a contractor has been accused of taking secrets related to the ultra-secret agency’s surveillance programs.
Authorities are investigating whether the contractor stole material concerning highly classified software and computer codes that the NSA uses to spy on computer networks in other countries, a U.S. official said.
The latest security breach suggests continued vulnerabilities at the NSA since Edward Snowden copied and gave to journalists more than one million highly classified documents and files on the agency’s electronic and digital surveillance programs at home and abroad.

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Taken into custody

A ‘Sad Case’ Suspect, Scared Pale as Police Swarmed His House in N.S.A. Case
Nicholas Fandos and Scott Shane (The New York Times, 06/10/2016)
Until the day the F.B.I. showed up, Harold T. Martin III seemed to be a familiar type in the sprawling Maryland suburbs where the employees and contractors of America’s largest intelligence agency make their home.
Mr. Martin, 51, was brainy and not very talkative. He seemed to have split his time between his contract work for the National Security Agency and the Pentagon, and his doctoral studies in information systems at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County branch, a few miles from his home here.
Then, on Aug. 27, two dozen armed F.B.I. agents swarmed the neighborhood, blocked off streets and stormed Mr. Martin’s modest two-story house.

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Classified information

NSA contractor arrested, charged with stealing classified material
Andrea Noble (The Washington Times, 06/10/2016)
Federal authorities have arrested and charged a contractor for the National Security Agency with stealing classified material, the first report of such accusations against an employee at the electronic eavesdropping agency since the massive leak of secrets by former contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.
In a five-page criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, federal prosecutors formally accused Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland. Investigators searched his home and vehicle on Aug. 27 and found he was in possession of six classified documents that contained sensitive information, the complaint states, noting that hard-copy paper documents and digitally stored information were recovered.
The classified documents date back to 2014 and include information gathered through “sensitive government sources, methods and capabilities, which are critical to a wide variety of national security issues,” the criminal complaint states. “The disclosure of the documents would reveal those sensitive sources, methods and capabilities.”
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"06 October 2016 - NSA contractor accused of stealing classified documents", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2016. Consulté le 20/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/06-october-2016-nsa-contractor-accused-of-stealing-classified-documents