New Details on Contractor Accused of Top Secret Theft

Officials say Harold Martin may be "more weirdo than whistleblower."
2:08 | 10/06/16

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about that contractor for the NSA arrested by the FBI accused of stealing top-secret material. ABC's chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross is here. Sounds like on first read this could be another Edward Snowden. Reporter: It may well be. Senior officials are calling the suspect more a weirdo than a whistle-blower. A contract employee at the NSA is accused of taking the secrets out of the building, setting off alarms. It all happened at NSA head quarters outside Washington, D.C. In a criminal complaint, the FBI says 51-year-old Harold martin used his clearance as a contractor to download and remove huge amounts of top-is secret codes andings information. Those sworn to protect it should not intentionally take that information. Reporter: It comes just three years after another Booz Allen contractor was able to do much the same thing and then he made public the NSA secrets that he stole. When you download this kind of top-secret information off the NSA network, into your own computer or into a thumb drive, alarms should go off. Apparently, they didn't. Reporter: In this latest case, the FBI says it discovered the stolen secrets in a wood shed behind martin's home in Maryland. His wife declined to answer questions. Thank you very much. Reporter: Buzz hi lawyer says martin is man who loves his country and did not betray it. That's something the FBI is still investigating. So far officials say they have seen no indication martin had any connection to a foreign government. And unlike Snowden, he's not been charged with espionage. And speak of Snowden, he's still in Russia and still would face charges. The president has given no indication that he'll get a free pass and that he should come back and stand trial.

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