Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is at the center of controversy following the announcement on Wednesday from the U.S. government that a breach of classified information occurred at the NSA.
The contractor, Harold Martin III, was arrested in August. The FBI arrested Martin who was found to have classified information in his home in Maryland.
Martin appeared in a closed court on August 29 and was charged with felony theft. Court records show that Martin remains in government custody. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for retaining classified information without authorization.
A court-ordered search of his home turned up thousands of documents as well as dozens of digital storage devices and computers.
The question of security clearances at the NSA and Booz Allen Hamilton have been raised following the second major breach of classified information.
Booz Allen Hamilton released a statement on Wednesday, stating, “When Booz Allen learned of the arrest of one of its employees by the FBI, we immediately reached out to the authorities to offer our total cooperation in their investigation, and we fired the employee. We continue to cooperate fully with the government on its investigation into this serious matter.”
Martin’s lawyers state that “these are mere allegations.” Martin is a former Navy veteran.