Contractor Steals 50,000 Gigabytes of Data from the NSA

Posted by: Timothy Weaver on 10/21/2016 11:13 AM

A private contractor working for the NSA has been arrested on potential charges of espionage in the theft of 50,000 gigabytes of information.

To put it in perspective, a gigabyte of information is enough space to store about 10,000 pages containing images and data.Harold Martin was arrested in Maryland and worked for Booz Allen Hamilton ... the same private contractor that Edward Snowden worked for.

"The defendant violated that trust by engaging in wholesale theft of classified government documents and property -- a course of felonious conduct that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale," prosecutors wrote.

Not all the information was classified, Martin does not appear to have a valid passport and investigators have not said he sent information to foreign governments. Investigators found much of the documents in his car and lying about in his home.

Along with the documents, they also found an "arsenal" of 10 firearms including an assault rifle.

"The government anticipates that the charges will include violations of the Espionage Act, an offense that carries significantly higher statutory penalties and advisory guideline ranges than the charges listed in the complaint," prosecutors wrote.

Although Martin does not have a valid passport, prosecutors said that: "The defendant has also communicated online with others in languages other than English, including in Russian."

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