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NSA contractor pleads guilty to largest theft case of classified documents in history

Posted at 7:43 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 19:47:03-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A National Security Agency contractor has been indicted after pleading guilty to his involvement in the largest theft case of classified documents in history.

WMAR-2 News Reporter Jeff Hager was at the ruling and says it was recommended that 51-year-old Harold Thomas Martin III serve 9 years in federal prison for Woeful detention of National Defense Information.

Martin has already served two years in prison, so he would get credit for that time. His sentencing his scheduled for July.

Martin was arrested by FBI agents in August for illegally stealing classified information from the intelligence agency and storing the material in his home. The information stolen according to the Justice Department was top-secret information that could have potentially caused 'grave danger' to the national security if it was exposed.

Martin's defense attorney said he had no intentions of betraying the country.