On August 27th, two dozen camouflage adorned law enforcement officers raided the home, 2 storage sheds, and vehicle of the man known to have once worked 3 years ago at the same consulting firm (Booz Allen Hamilton) as Edward Snowden. Top Secret classified material, six documents of data of codes developed in 2014 to hack foreign governments, are alleged to have been removed and retained by the contractor.
The charges by the justice department are described as
“A criminal complaint has been filed charging Harold (Hal) Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor….” “…A large percentage of the materials recovered from Martin’s residence and vehicle bore markings indicating that they were property of the US government and contained highly classified information, including Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)…”
The charges could bring 1 year in prison for the unauthorized removal and retention of the top secret material and 10 years in prison for the theft of government property.
Hal Martin’s attorneys have exclaimed that he was a US Navy lieutenant and has devoted his entire career to protecting his country. The charges are allegations at this point.