Ex-NSA contractor to plead guilty to ‘breathtaking’ heist of top-secret data

A former U. Ersus. National Security Agency contractor is placed to plead guilty to robbing classified documents that could have amounted to the largest theft of key information in history.

Harold Martin is definitely scheduled to plead guilty to 1 count of willful retention associated with national defense information on January twenty two in a federal court in Baltimore, according to court filings, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors said that the ex-NSA service provider spent two decades taking classified authorities information from the U. S. cleverness community and hoarded the strategies at his home in Baltimore. The Justice Department accused Matn in 2016 of a “ breathtaking” theft of government secrets.

During a raid of his home, authorities grabbed dozens of laptops and digital gadgets in addition to six full bankers’ containers worth of documents.

At least 50 terabytes of data were seized through his home – with regulators saying it may have been the largest robbery of classified documents in the country’ s history.

Martin is currently facing as much as 10 years on the single count associated with stealing a single NSA document, based on Reuters, but because he has not however made a deal with prosecutors can still be tried on the remaining nineteen counts in the indictment.

The remaining potential fees surround stealing more documents through the NSA, U. S. Cyber Command word, the CIA and the National Reconnaissance Office.

According to the indictment, Martin was employed as a private contractor by a minimum of seven companies and worked just for multiple government agencies since 1993. His position granted him different security clearances and access to highly-sensitive government information, the indictment mentioned.

With NSA, he worked at the hacking unit and took materials that included most, if not every, of the agency’ s hacking equipment – the same tools that afterwards ended up on sale on the Internet by a team calling itself Shadow Brokers, The New You are able to Times reported.

Despite the infringement was linked to Martin, officials could hardly prove a connection between him as well as the group – long suspected to be linked to Russian intelligence – that will sold the tools. It remains undisclosed if he used the stolen details in any way, including to leak market or give it to a foreign authorities.

During the time of his arrest in August 2016, Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp, according to Reuters. The same company also employed Edward cullen Snowden who leaked in 2013 secret documents exposing domestic plus international surveillance programs carried out with the NSA.

The Associated Press added to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews. com. Follow him on Twitter  @LukasMikelionis.