Ex-NSA contractor to be sentenced in stolen documents case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former United States (US) National Security Agency (NSA) contractor awaits sentencing in Baltimore’s federal court for storing two decades’ worth of classified documents at his Maryland home.

Harold Martin’s plea agreement calls for a nine-year prison sentence, but US District Judge Richard Bennett was not bound by the deal’s terms when he sentenced Martin yesterday.

Martin’s sentencing will resolve a mysterious case that broke into the open in 2016, when FBI agents conducting a raid found stolen government documents inside his home, car and storage shed.

The case has attracted attention since hacking tools stolen from the NSA were also published by a cryptic Internet group that called itself the Shadow Brokers. Prosecutors never linked Martin to the group.

Martin’s defence lawyers described him as a compulsive hoarder who never betrayed his country.

The sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade. – AP