Hands are seen on a keyboard in front of a displayed cyber code in this picture illustration taken October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
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The suspect, Harold Martin, was a contractor for the National Security Agency.Later this month, about three years after that raid, the case against Martin is scheduled to be resolved in Baltimore's federal court. Authorities have established that Martin walked off with thousands of pages of secret documents over a two-decade career in national security, most recently with the NSA, whose headquarters is about 15 miles from his home in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The release, which occurred while the NSA was already under scrutiny because of Snowden's 2013 disclosures, raised questions about the government's ability to maintain secrets.Martin was never charged with disclosing information and was accused only of unlawfully retaining defense information. The Shadow Brokers, which two weeks before Martin's arrest surfaced on Twitter with the warning that it would auction off NSA hacking tools online, continued trickling out disclosures after Martin was in custody, a seeming indication that someone else may have been responsible.Even so, his case refocused public attention on repeated government failures to safeguard some of the nation's most highly classified information, with Martin one of several contractors accused of mishandling or spilling government secrets.
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