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A former employee of the national security Agency (NSA), USA Harold Martin pleaded guilty to theft and possession of government secrets. About it reports NBC News.
During a court hearing in Baltimore man pleaded guilty to charges relating to a single document. This material on “briefing of the leadership of the NSA in March 2014, which describes the development of and future plans for one of the divisions of the NSA”. In exchange for a deal with Martin took a similar 19 charges. “It’s time to close the lid of Pandora’s box,” — said in a brief statement men.
As noted, prosecutors did not accuse Martin in the disclosure of information to foreign governments or anyone else. Thus from the very beginning the investigators did not understand what the man was going to do with the data that was saved for over 23 years. Lawyers for the men after a hearing on March 28, said that the actions of their client “was the result of mental illness, not treason”.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 17. Both the defense and the prosecution agree to nine years in prison for Martin. It is expected that he will read 2.5 years he spent behind bars awaiting trial.
The man was arrested in 2016. In his house, and the car was discovered thousands of secret and top secret documents in printed and digital form. It is estimated that in total he had 500 million pages of text and images — more than kidnapped by former NSA employee Edward Snowden. Lawyers for Martin from the outset pointed out that the man has a passion for collecting and reviewing information and documents were taken home to improve their skills as a secret agent.
In 2013, Snowden gave documents to journalists, which said the program of us intelligence surveillance on both US citizens and people outside the country. After he fled the United States, and then received asylum in Russia. In the US a man faces up to 30 years in prison.
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