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Government alleges former NSA contractor stole ‘astonishing quantity’ of classified data over 20 years

Hello folks,

Looking at some security news, and came across this. First, lets get these notations from the newsletter out of the way.


The court filings say the government recovered 50TB of media from Martin’s residence, not that he stole 50TB of data.  Many news organizations have erroneously made the leap that all of this is sensitive data, but that fact has not been disclosed in court filings.  Three extremely disturbing facts were revealed in the court filings.  First, Martin took hand written notes on printed classified documents that appear to have been explaining the context of the documents to an outsider.  Second, forensic artifacts suggest he communicated in Russian language on his computer.  Finally, investigators recovered a letter Martin wrote in 2007 to his coworkers which makes him appear extremely disgruntled.  All of these items seem to bolster the government’s case for pretrial confinement.


Nothing claims that all of the information is classified, and I didn’t read that in the article. There are several versions of this article in this newsletter, but we’re taking this one from the Washington Post and I think we should be aware of this.

If they do find that most of this information is classified, then I could see this guy to be a risk. It doesn’t seem to me he would, even if he has weapons and data, because unless you have proof he’s going to do something with it, there’s no need to worry. I’m curious on your thoughts. If you read the article, what do you think is going to happen?

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Government alleges former NSA contractor stole ‘astonishing quantity’ of classified data over 20 years was released on October 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm by tech in article commentary.
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