The Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) of the United States as a result of the secret operation arrested the employee of a contractor of the national security Agency (NSA) on suspicion of stealing secret data. It is noteworthy that 51-year-old Harold Thomas Martin has worked for the same company, Booz Allen Hamilton, which until recently worked for one of the most famous ex-NSA employees Edward Snowden.
According to The New York Times, Martin stole the code specifically designed to break into computer systems of the foreign opponents of the United States, namely governments of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. The FBI also suspects him that he could transfer this information to third parties.
The American publication, which cites a senior law enforcement and intelligence sources, said that the arrest of Martin took place on August 27, but the wide public it became known only now. In the house of a man who is still in custody, was found six documents that has “critical importance for a wide range of national security issues”.
Journalists note that it is possible that “for the second time in three years the employee was able to steal from the NSA’s highly classified information, causing serious damage.” Many media have already called Martin a “second Snowden”.
In June 2013, former NSA employee Edward Snowden gave the Newspapers the Washington Post and The Guardian of the secret data which showed that US intelligence services tapped telephone conversations and monitor e-mails of U.S. citizens and foreign leaders.
Fearing persecution by the us authorities, Snowden flew to Hong Kong and later to Moscow. In August 2014 former employee of U.S. intelligence received a three-year residence permit in Russia. In the United States of Snowden accused of espionage, at home he faces up to 30 years in prison. Because of the danger of being extradited to the US he can’t leave Russia, but actively speaks at international events through teleconferences.