The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced that it has charged a Maryland man, Harold Thomas Martin III with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor.
According to the criminal complaint against Martin that was unsealed yesterday, Martin was a contractor with the federal government and had top secret national security clearance.
After searching Martin’s home, storage sheds, vehicle and person, paper documents, digital information stored on various devices, and removable media that were marked “Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information” were found. U.S. government property with a value in excess of $1,000 was also recovered.
Six of the documents were considered classified and designated as “Top Secret”, meaning that “unauthorized disclosure reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the U.S.”
Martin was arrested and is being detained. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials and ten years in prison for theft of government property.