A former National Security Agency contractor who pleaded guilty to stealing vast troves of classified material over the course of two decades has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
Harold Martin III, 54, apologized before U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett handed down the sentence on Friday.
"My methods were wrong, illegal and highly questionable," Martin told the court in Baltimore, according to The Associated Press.
Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to "willful retention of national defense information," a crime that carries a punishment of anywhere from no jail time to a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. His plea agreement called for a sentence of nine years in prison.
Previously: NSA Contractor Harold Martin III Arrested [soylentnews.org]
NSA Contractor Accused of "Stealing" Terabytes of Information, Charged Under Espionage Act [soylentnews.org]
The Shadow Brokers Identify Hundreds of Targets Allegedly Hacked by the NSA [soylentnews.org]
Former NSA Contractor May Have Stolen 75% of TAO's Elite Hacking Tools [soylentnews.org]
Former NSA Contractor Harold Martin Indicted [soylentnews.org]