>> The US Justice Department on Wednesday saying it has charged NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin III with stealing highly classified government material. Reuters' justice correspondent Julia Edwards is covering the story.>> The Justice Department laid out that Martin had taken government material, some of it classified, home with him.
And then upon a search they found materials in his home and in his car. Six of those documents contained sensitive information that they said pertained to a government agency, and would, if revealed, endanger sources and reveal methods of acquiring information that the United States uses. One big question that remains is whether or not Martin had anything to do with the Shadow Brokers reveal earlier in August.
About ten days before his arrest, the organization revealed that the NSA and other intelligence agencies within the US government were working on codes that could crack into foreign governments' computers. We do know that The New York Times reported the FBI was investigating whether or not he had access to confidential codes.
>> 51-year-old Martin, who lives in Maryland, was arrested in late August and worked for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, the same firm former contractor Edward Snowden worked for. And while the material stolen in this latest incident are different from what Snowden leaked in 2013, the motives may have been the same.
>> John Carlin, the chief prosecutor for the National Security Division of the Justice Department, said today that this was an intentional act. This was not someone who mistakenly brought documents to the wrong place at the wrong time. This was an intentional theft, possibly with the intent of then distributing these documents in order to reveal something, much in the way that Snowden did, believing that it was in the public interest for him to break the law.
>> When confronted with cameras on Wednesday, Martin's wife said her husband's a good man.>> I am standing by my husband that I love very much, and he's a good man. And that's all I can really tell you.>> Martin is currently in jail, and the Justice Department says if he's convicted, he faces ten years in prison for theft of government property, and one year for removal of classified materials.