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An ex-NSA contractor who admitted stashing some 50TB of secret US government documents and exploit code at his home was today sentenced to nine years behind bars.
Harold Martin, 54, was given the nine-year term along with an additional three years of supervised release by Judge Richard Bennett in a US federal district court in Maryland.
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The sentence was in line with the guidelines for the single count of willful retention of defense information that Martin agreed to plead guilty to as part of a plea deal that was cut earlier this year.
Martin admitted to collecting terabytes of hush-hush dossiers, manuals, code, blueprints, and such files, from the NSA over the course of his 22-year career as a private contractor with the American intelligence agency. From 1993 to 2006, Martin hoarded data classified as "Secret" and "Top Secret" and took them home to his Maryland residence.
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The documents Martin stole were said to include NSA reports on its targets and the intrusion techniques foreign hacking groups had used against Uncle Sam. He also collected software and documents on the exploits and monitoring tools...
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