‘2nd Snowden’ to face espionage charges over 50TB of ‘stolen data’

The US Department of Justice may charge a former NSA contractor with espionage after discovering top secret documents and enough highly sensitive data to fill 10,000 DVDs at his home in Maryland.


Retired US Navy officer Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, has been dubbed ‘the second Snowden’ by the press. He worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the same firm that employed the famous whistleblower who revealed global surveillance programs run by the US.


Martin was arrested late August, but his case was only made public earlier this month. He allegedly hoarded at least 50,000 gigabytes (or 50 terabytes) of classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA), reportedly including the US government’s hacking tools. For reference, one gigabyte is enough to store some 10,000 pages of documents containing both images and text, so Martin allegedly stole enough data to fill 10,000 DVDs.

Federal prosecutors called Martin’s alleged data theft breathtaking in its scale and longevity,” as his actions appear to predate those of Edward Snowden.

The defendant was in possession of an astonishing quantity of marked classified documents which he was not entitled to possess, including many marked [secret],” prosecutors said on Thursday, as cited by the .

Originally  with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, Martin now also faces charges under the Espionage Act, which would expose him to harsher penalties if he is convicted.

A contractor with the federal government since 1996, Martin worked in the Tailored Access Operations unit, the department responsible for hacking the networks of foreign governments. Through this job, he had access to classified information for the past two decades.

According to prosecutors, agents who searched Martin’s home and car found dozens of computers and electronic devices, as well as classified government material dating from 1996 to 2016. The information includes an email chain marked ‘Top Secret’ apparently printed from an official government account. Prosecutors say that on the back of the document they found handwritten notes describing the NSA’s classified computer infrastructure, written in a way that suggests they were “intended for an audience outside of the Intelligence Community,” AP reports.

Adding to the prosecutors’ belief that Martin was aiming to make the data public is the allegation he was trying to use technology designed to encrypt communication and allow online anonymity. At the time of his arrest he was enrolled in a doctoral program on information security management, and as his computers showed, he appeared to be trying to connect to the internet anonymously using a specialized operating system.

The espionage charge, however, was proposed after prosecutors discovered Martin had online communication “in languages other than English, including in Russian,” which made them believe he could be cooperating with a foreign government.


Given the nature of his offenses and knowledge of national secrets, he presents tremendous value to any foreign power that may wish to shelter him within or outside of the United States,”  prosecutors said, describing the total amount of evidence against Martin as “overwhelming.”

“The evidence is overwhelming that the defendant abused [America’s] trust and chose to repeatedly violate his agreements, his oaths and the law, and to retain extremely sensitive government information to use however he wished,” prosecutors stated.

Neither investigators nor prosecutors, however, revealed what prompted the initial search of Martin’s property that led to his arrest. Martin has so far admitted to storing classified materials, but has not replied to accusations of intending to pass them on. Martin’s defense attorneys claim that their client took the information from the office solely to work on it further and improve his job-related skills, maintaining that there is no clear evidence he intended to betray his country and leak the data. According to agents that searched Martin’s home, many of the documents were lying openly in his home study or were scattered in the backseat and trunk of his vehicle.

Booz Allen Hamilton fired Martin soon after his arrest and offered the authorities “full cooperation” on the investigation. If convicted, Martin faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison for unauthorized removal of classified data, and 10 years in prison for theft of government property. The espionage charge, however, is regarded as a serious crime under US federal law and can result in stronger , including life in prison.

Martin remains in custody.

‘Abject failure of US press’: Media reports on Russian involvement in leaks despite no evidence

Published on Oct 19, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s camp has again decided to play the Russian card. But this time it’s not only Moscow that’s behind the leak of DNC and Podesta emails – somehow RT is also involved, Clinton’s team claims. This after Defense Intelligence Agency Director James Clapper – who was proven wrong on NSA spying after the Snowden leaks – accused Russia of being behind the Podesta and DNC leaks. Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media Studies at New York University, joins RT America’s Manila Chan to weigh in.


When America loses The Freedom of the Press they have lost their democracy.
Edger Allen

Washington , Obama and Hilary need to quit WHINING about Russia and come up with facts , Truth seems to be a a real problem with these people .

The US Press is controlled by the Administration. Lap Dogs Pathetic

US accuses Russia of hacking political sites

Published October 07, 2016  Associated Press

The U.S. is accusing Russia of hacking political sites, saying it is trying to interfere with the upcoming presidential election. Intelligence officials say they are confident that the Russian government directed the recent breaches of emails from American people and institutions, including U.S. political organizations. 

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security have released a joint statement saying that based on the “scope and sensitivity” of the hacking efforts, only Russia’s “senior-most officials” could have authorized these activities.

Pressure has been mounting on the Obama administration to call out Russia on the hacking of political groups, including the Democratic National Committee.

Obama Has Created The Exact Thing He Claims To Be Fighting

Darryl Landry

Nobel Peace Prize winning worldwide assassin! Tell me that’s not fucked up.
Drn It

Darryl Landry EXACTLY!

Obama is a disgrace to the usa
Michael Hoppins

love your program! I’m amazed the police state hasn’t silenced you….I’m sure when one of the other 2 clowns take office it’ll be dangerous putting out the truth. Keep fighting for us guys. Thanks for your program. Here’s a “Cheers!” from a fellow ‘inmate’ of america.
Azarath Dragoneel

damit… it’s like pewdiepie does the news. I doubt anyone finds these jokes funny. we’re forced to watch because the research and reporting is very good, just wish we didn’t have to suffer through your childishness.
king ninas

obama is a hypocritical liar, just like everyother politician. the problem is the system not the coons running it
James F

Trump will do better than any of these crazy progressives on the ticket. Tim kaine reminds me of the fucking joker, they all do

WIRE: YAHOO secretly scanned customer emails for NSA, FBI…


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events.

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency’s demand by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.

It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified.

Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request.

According to the two former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer‘s decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook Inc.“Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States,” the company said in a brief statement in response to Reuters questions about the demand. Yahoo declined any further comment.

Through a Facebook spokesman, Stamos declined a request for an interview.

The NSA referred questions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which declined to comment.

The demand to search Yahoo Mail accounts came in the form of a classified directive sent to the company’s legal team, according to the three people familiar with the matter.

U.S. phone and Internet companies are known to have handed over bulk customer data to intelligence agencies. But some former government officials and private surveillance experts said they had not previously seen either such a broad directive for real-time Web collection or one that required the creation of a new computer program.

“I’ve never seen that, a wiretap in real time on a ‘selector,'” said Albert Gidari, a lawyer who represented phone and Internet companies on surveillance issues for 20 years before moving to Stanford University this year. A selector refers to a type of search term used to zero in on specific information.

“It would be really difficult for a provider to do that,” he added.

Experts said it was likely that the NSA or FBI had approached other Internet companies with the same demand, since they evidently did not know what email accounts were being used by the target. The NSA usually makes requests for domestic surveillance through the FBI, so it is hard to know which agency is seeking the information.

Reuters was unable to confirm whether the 2015 demand went to other companies, or if any complied.

Alphabet Inc’s Google and Microsoft Corp, two major U.S. email service providers, did not respond to requests for comment.


Under laws including the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, intelligence agencies can ask U.S. phone and Internet companies to provide customer data to aid foreign intelligence-gathering efforts for a variety of reasons, including prevention of terrorist attacks.

Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and others have exposed the extent of electronic surveillance and led U.S. authorities to modestly scale back some of the programs, in part to protect privacy rights.

Companies including Yahoo have challenged some classified surveillance before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret tribunal.

Some FISA experts said Yahoo could have tried to fight last year’s directive on at least two grounds: the breadth of the demand and the necessity of writing a special program to search all customers’ emails in transit.

Apple Inc made a similar argument earlier this year when it refused to create a special program to break into an encrypted iPhone used in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre. The FBI dropped the case after it unlocked the phone with the help of a third party, so no precedent was set.