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posted by Fnord666 on Friday February 10 2017, @06:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the always-get-your-access-tools-tailored dept.

Days after the Washington Post reported on the hoarding of Tailored Access Operations tools by Harold T. Martin III, a federal grand jury has indicted the former NSA contractor:

A federal grand jury has indicted a former National Security Agency contractor on 20 counts of willful retention of national defense information.

According to prosecutors, Harold "Hal" Martin took a slew of highly classified documents out of secure facilities and kept them at his home and in his car. Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that among those materials, Martin is alleged to have taken 75 percent of the hacking tools that were part of the Tailored Access Operations, an elite hacking unit within NSA.

The indictment outlines 20 specific documents that he is accused of having taken, including "a March 2014 NSA leadership briefing outlining the development and future plans for a specific NSA organization."

Previously: NSA Contractor Harold Martin III Arrested
NSA Contractor Accused of "Stealing" Terabytes of Information, Charged Under Espionage Act
The Shadow Brokers Identify Hundreds of Targets Allegedly Hacked by the NSA

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 10 2017, @10:55PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 10 2017, @10:55PM (#465616)

    > Still think Hillary didn't know what 'C' stood for, huh?

    The (C) markings were on her own call schedules.
    Call schedules are routinely declassified after the phone call is made, because duh the call itself wasn't classified so the fact it happened isn't classified either.

    The (C) markings were left on the schedules in error after they had been declassified (and all the other classified markings were properly removed).
    In other words, the emails were not actually classified at the time they were sent via unclass email.

    You can see the two documents yourself, as published by the government - if it were still classified it would not be legal for the government to publish it because simply "leaking" does not declassifify a document.

    Here are the two call schedules in question: [] []

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 11 2017, @12:21AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 11 2017, @12:21AM (#465639) []

    'The report says that the State Department identified the emails as containing "foreign government information" when it retroactively classified them upon their release earlier this year. However, the regulations say that such information, defined as having been provided orally or in writing to U.S. officials by their foreign counterparts in confidence, must be "presumed" classified, regardless of whether it is initially marked that way.'

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 11 2017, @12:25AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 11 2017, @12:25AM (#465641)

      Simply quoting from a news article without making your own statement is an act of intellectual cowardice.
      If you have a point, make it explicitly so that people can engage with it.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 11 2017, @12:48AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 11 2017, @12:48AM (#465647)

        My point is that for every other lesser member of our government, there are things that are "born classified", that is they are considered to be classified even if they are not marked as such. If anyone but Hillary Clinton had been responsible for the communication of that information outside of official government channels they would have been held up on treason charges. It's only because it's Hillary that this "I didn't know it was classified" nonsense is allowed to pass muster.

        • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 11 2017, @02:45AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 11 2017, @02:45AM (#465667)

          So lets first acknowledge you've completely moved the goalposts from an argument about whether or not the "(C)" marking was important.
          Ok? Good.

          Now pay attention to what fox has done - they've mashed up multiple separate points in order to make them look related.
          The biggest give away is that fox explicitly says "That number represents scores of individual emails that have already been made public"
          If they contained classified information they would not have been made public.

          Either Fox doesn't have any domain knowledge about classification and is just doing the same crap you've been doing - mixing together a whole bunch of stuff without really understanding any of it. OR they do know how classification works and are deliberately misleading the reader.

          Either way, the article you cited and specifically the paragraph you pulled out does not support your premise.