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Maryland man charged with theft of classified U.S. government material

Man worked for same consulting firm as Edward Snowden

The seal of the Department of Justice hangs on the wall of the waiting room of the U.S. Attorneys Office in Cedar Rapids. (Gazette file photo)
The seal of the Department of Justice hangs on the wall of the waiting room of the U.S. Attorneys Office in Cedar Rapids. (Gazette file photo)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department charged a Maryland man with theft of classified government material, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday.

The Justice Department identified the man as Harold Thomas Martin, 51, and said he worked as a government contractor. The New York Times said he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the same consulting firm that employed Edward Snowden when he revealed the collection of metadata by the National Security Agency.

Six documents investigators found in Martin’s possession allegedly contained sensitive intelligence and were produced by a U.S. government agency in 2014.

“These six documents were produced through sensitive government sources, methods, and capabilities, which are critical to a wide variety of national security issues,” the complaint said.

Martin had a top secret national security clearance and the ability to access U.S. government property that was not permitted to leave its authorized location, according to the criminal complaint.

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