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Another NSA Breach Hits Booz Allen. Will Anything Change?

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National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.

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Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. is once again at the center of a major U.S. intelligence breach. And for the second time in three years, the company known in Washington for its classified contracts and influential alumni will probably face criticism but suffer few consequences.

The disclosure Wednesday that Booz Allen employee Harold Martin, who was contracted to work at the National Security Agency, was arrested for stealing classified data immediately brought up memories of fugitive Edward Snowden. In 2013, Snowden fled his Booz Allen job in Hawaii for Hong Kong and then Russia after stealing and releasing a trove of data on classified U.S. data collection programs.