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NSA Contractor Arrest Renews Focus on Risk Posed by Insiders

  • Complaint says theft could cause ‘grave damage’ to security
  • Lawyer says ex-Booz Allen employee never betrayed his country
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For the third time in three years, the U.S. National Security Agency is under scrutiny for its handling of government secrets, particularly its reliance on outside contractors employed by Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.

Harold Martin, a contractor with the consulting company, told investigators that he took home documents and digital files containing highly classified data, storing much of it in his car and house, according to a complaint released Wednesday. His arrest in August came three years after Edward Snowden -- another Booz Allen employee at the NSA -- fled the U.S. and disclosed details of government surveillance programs before going into exile in Russia.