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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: 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.