Government contractor facing federal indictment for keeping national defense information

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BALTIMORE, MD —  A federal grand jury indicted a 52-year-old with willful retention of national defense information.

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland says the indictment shows that for about two decades, Harold Thomas Martin III,  stole documents containing highly classified information.

According to the indictment, from December 1993 through August 27, 2016, Martin was private contractor for at least seven different companies and worked at a number of government agencies.  Martin held top secret security clearances, where he had access to government computer systems, programs and classified information.

Maryland’s U.S. District Attorney says Martin stole and kept documents from 1669 through August 27, 2016.

“Martin allegedly violated the trust our nation put in him by stealing and retaining classified documents and other material relating to the national defense,” Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord said.  “Insider threats are a significant danger to our national security and we will continue to work relentlessly with our law enforcement and intelligence partners to identify, pursue and prosecute such individuals.”

The indictment alleges that Martin knew that the stolen documents contained classified information that related to the national defense  and he was never authorized to keep these documents at home or in his car.

If convicted, Martin faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of 20 counts of willful retention of national defense information.

Martin is scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. on February 14. Martin remains arrested.