20:48 GMT +328 March 2017
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    Second Snowden? Feds Arrest NSA Contractor For Stealing Classified Data

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    According to the New York Times, the contractor, who worked for the same company as Edward Snowden, was arrested for stealing highly-classified 'source codes' developed by the NSA to hack foreign government systems.

    According to the Justice Department, 51-year-old Harold Thomas Martin, who was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton — the company responsible for most of the NSA's most sensitive cyberoperations — faces up to 10 years in prison for theft of government property and one year for removing classified material. The materials he is believed to have stolen are "critical to national security", Justice Department officials added.

    "Among the classified documents…were six classified documents obtained from sensitive intelligence and produced by a government agency in 2014," the release stated. "These documents were produced through sensitive government sources, methods and capabilities, which are critical to a wide variety of national security issues. The disclosure of the documents would reveal those sensitive sources, methods, and capabilities."

    ​​This incident marks the second time in 3 years that an insider has stolen top secret information from the National Security Agency.

    "If convicted, Martin faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, and ten years in prison for theft of government property," the release stated.

    He made an initial appearance in US District Court in Baltimore on August 26, 2016.

    A statement released by Martin's attorneys stressed that "there is no evidence that Hal Martin intended to betray his country."

    "What we do know is that Hal Martin loves his family and his country. He served his nation honorably in the US Navy as a lieutenant and he has devoted his entire career to protecting his country," the statements reads. "We look forward to defending Hal Martin in court."

    Edward Snowden also took to Twitter to comment on the story, asking if this will expose flaws in US products.

    A former NSA contractor, whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the United States' domestic spying operation in 2013. He currently resides in Moscow after being granted asylum in Russia on the basis that he could face spying charges in the US. Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Amnesty International have all called on President Barack Obama to pardon Snowden.


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    • avatar
      But but but..... the Russians.....
    • Zoanthropy
      was it Husain Mohammad ?
      or John Smith ?
    • avatar
      Snowden is (was?) a fraud and Russia knows it.
    • Mystic-One
      National Security is simply keeping truths from being known which would end in the result of a lamp post hanging procession.
    • Porkbelly Porkerpig
      What is the difference [in meaning] between Source Code and 'source codes'?
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      Snowden (2016)

      Conveniently timed for this money-making Greenwald franchise and the movie released in mid-September.

      And that the same franchise that's associated with Pierre Omidyar. Contributor to USAID and National Endowment for Democracy. He has some very troubling associations while pretending to be anti-establishment.

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      jasin reply tochrrev(Show commentHide comment)
      chrrev, High level state work can be complicated. I trust Russia. That works for me. But I fully agree that this Snowden thing is a fraud. The main thing about Snowden is to not let him influence one's personal opinion. It's not futile to resist the US spy machine. Even if it were, the resistance should still continue.
    • No Namein reply tochrrev(Show commentHide comment)
      Well... I'd like to see plenty of such "frauds" in the future ;-)
    • avatar
      I believe it is a law now. The 'intent' law. If there is no intent the defendant is innocent of any crime.
    • avatar
      Let him go. He didn't know that "C" stands for Classified information.
    • avatar
      hopefully the usg will eventually be like the dutch boy and the dyke - too many holes...
    • avatar
      "critical to national security"
      Must be the missing Clinton emails.
    • avatar
      What calls my attention is that the government makes this type of arrest, public. Strange. A warning?
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      jasin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
      elsa.zardini, I think it's manipulation. Mental distortion and emotional exploitation. The whole thing about Snowden is some "no place to hide" and no expectation of privacy BS. That's the distortion, the lie.

      So if you're looking fro a purpose for this, I'd suggest to implant doubt in the minds of the public about whether they can escape the observation of government. Because once the public feels hopeless, the thought is that they will surrender. People are already. I have a liberal interpretation of the 4th amendment. I think constant surveillance is unconstitutional. That goes for cameras or internet or checking my financial transactions.

      An interesting video is the bitcoin ATM. The US versions are ridiculous, with face scans and palm prints, etc.

      At 1:10, I challenge the belief that I have to prove myself innocent and be tracked with a palm print and face scan on every transaction. Someone like that should never be in any political office in a country other than some authoritarian hellhole.

      the internet issue is no different. there's still the presumption of guilty until proven innocent, and that's not what constitutional or at all consistent with the founding principles and what these same politicians pretend to represent.

      Bonehead at 1:10 who is excited about tracking innocent people and tracking every financial transaction. Who gave him THAT mandate? Jared Polis, member of the US House of Representatives for Colorado's 2nd congressional district and the DNC is so proud that he is the first openly homosexual parent in Congress.
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      elsa.zardiniin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)

      Well, yes, certainly, the US has changed from innocent until proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt, to the opposite, this due to the Noahide Law under which the US is at, as I have posted many times here in Sputnik. Explained here and in many other sites: www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=127852

      But, Mr. Snowden is real. And Mr. Assange is also real. My female sixth sense, which does indeed exist. Smile.
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      elsa.zardiniin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, In addition, I should add that the person who opened my eyes to this "civilization of fear" which you are pointing at, was Mr. Solzhenitsyn during his speach at Harvard University. I was there. And anyone could see what this extraordinary empathic person was.
    • FeEisi
      Had this been a Hillary leak there be no arrest but just another one for Clinton's body count.

      WikiLeaks suggests murdered DNC staffer was source for leak

      Candidate for Clinton's body count:

      Hillary Clinton considered drone attack on Julian Assange - report
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      chrrevin reply toNo Name(Show commentHide comment)
      No Name, did you really learn anything new from Snowden? Doubt it.
    • avatar
      we know the interrogation and the conditions generally will be inhumane
      and amount to torture for this man of conscience.
      think of him.
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