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The Second Snowden - Harold T Martin III

Updated on October 5, 2016
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I'm on the right side of politics and enjoy a good debate on government, the economy, and the rights of the people.

The F.B.I. quietly arrested a National Security Agency contractor named Harold T. Martin III last month. He is under investigation for the theft of a highly classified black-Ops computer program. The unnamed program was developed in secret; it's function is to hack into the networks of foreign governments. Martin is 51 years old and lives in Glen Burnie, Md. He was a Navy veteran and holds a Top Secret security clearance and since August 27th has been in custody. Martin was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology company. Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets.

Two Peas in a Pod?

Booz Allen Hamilton unfortunately was the same firm that employed Edward Snowden. Snowden is currently in exile in Russia for copying and then leaking classified information from the National Security Agency. Snowden, a former CIA employee, was working for Booz Allen Hamilton in 2013 as a contractor specializing in computer systems. While at the NSA, he, without authorization took intelligence data revealIng numerous global surveillance programs. Some were operated by the NSA in conjunction with national telecommunications companies and foreign assistance. He has been hailed as a hero for exposing the fact that our own government, without due process, was spying on its citizens. Other call him a traitor for exposing highly sensitive programs, especially ones that were proven to be successfuly used to ease drop on our friends as well as our enemies. Now it seems he has a either a follower or copycap, or maybe he's just following his own plan.

The Details

The FBI first learned about the breach in mid-August. The Shadow Brokers, unnamed people who procure and sell rare things offered to sell the NSA hacking tools and other secrets for $500 million dollars. The Shadow Brokers had some of the authentic materials to validate their offer. The FBI is investigating whether there is a link between Martin and The Shadow Brokers and the NSA hacking tools that were put up for sale. So far no link has been found. A subsequent search of Martin's home and car turned up a treasure trove of documents and digital files. Most of them contained highly classified information, six of which were labeled Top Secret of Sensitive Compartmented Information. This is information gathered from intelligence sources considered to be above Top Secret. The earliest documents date back to 2014, a mere six months after the NSA was rocked by Snowden's leaks. The one important fact that's missing is how the FBI had come to suspect him; it's never mentioned in the criminal complaint. Perhaps the spies are spying on the spies in this case. With such overwhelming evidence against him, Martin has confessed to the crimes.

Aftermath

An intelligence official involved in the investigation has stated that there was no evidence that Mr. Martin passed the stolen classified information to anyone else. There also appears to be no motive for the theft. Snowden believed in a cause but Martin seems non-political. So in this case, little damage was done comparably speaking. But what should be troubling all Americans is how the NSA was able to be hit with data theft twice in such a short time. After Snowden they made claims on how they were stepping security up, so this really will hurt their reputation. Booz Allen's stock price immediately started to fall once the news got out. How do Americans regain trust in our government when errors of this magnitude continue to happen?

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  • FitnezzJim profile image

    FitnezzJim 

    23 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

    In late October FBI director Comey re-opened the investigation into the Hillary e-mails, citing a new source for those e-mails. The 'rumored' source is related to Anthony Wiener and a sexting investigation.

    How likely is it that the actual source is the massive amount of Martin data, and that it contains data relevant to both investigations?

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    23 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

    Why would any woman vote for Hillary after watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvoRcPXURwg

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    23 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    All this does is open up her husbands past ACTIONS versus his WORDS - it's not a sex scandal, only braggadocio locker room talk - but makes we wonder why someone would tape it? Future blackmail the only viable reason

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    23 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

    This from the close friend of Slick Willie back in AR (so she has said proudly).Lewd comments 10 years ago by Trump pale in comparison to HRC's husband's oval office 9 BJs, & what did the Dem's say bout that, NYB it's his private life!

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    23 months ago

    Breaking news, a video of Trump with both feet in his mouth! Can't deny this one, and it's bigger than any emails. He just painted himself truthfully. You know that any kind of a sex scandal will Trump emails any day.

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    23 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

    No, the emails paint Hillary truthfully, the media and the democrats deceivingly paint her in a good light. Truth is she is as far as one can get from the light, she is darkness multiplied. The fact that Mz Bejabbers loves her speaks volumes in itself about Hillary or vise versa.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    23 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Breaking news - wikileaks drops Clinton campaign manager John Podesta emails and they paint Hillary in a bad light

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    23 months ago

    Ralph, my original post said that "You and DTMB had some very valid points, but" and then I went on to disagree with one of them. I think you and I agree to disagree, respectfully. DTMB is a bully and I will not be bullied by the likes of him. I will not take his bait. Please note that I have never called you that, so he is trying to recruit you as a party to his bullying.

    What do I suggest? I agree with you that Obama was a greenhorn, and I told my friends who were voting for him so. I also think that Trump would be a greenhorn, too, because one of our governors, a businessman, proved that government can't be run like a business. (You can fire the inept in the private world, but it is very difficult to fire the inept in government. Politics get in the way.) He was elected on that promise. As far as our green legislators resulting from term limits, the more experienced ones tried running an orientation "school" to train the new ones coming in, but they refused to attend and even walked out on the requirement that they do. I don't like new and confining laws, but maybe one should be enacted to require training for the POTUS and cabinet.

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    John Hansen 

    23 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Very interesting, Ralph. It would be interesting if any of the information that Harold T Martin has ever surfaces. This should also be interesting to monitor:

    "BERLIN — Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, promised on Tuesday to release “significant material” over the next 10 weeks about arms, Google, mass surveillance, oil, the United States election and war."

    He denies that the information is specifically intended to harm Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    23 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

    Don't take the bait Ralph. I never denied her right to an opinion, that's the straw man she raised to make me appear distasteful so that my opinion really doesn't matter. That is what she wants you to believe because she really can't defend her opinion and she knows it so she attacks me.

    She wants you to accept that if her opinion is challenged, which you and I do daily, challenge opinions that we disagree with, then you are denying her right to have an opinion. This is liberalspeak BS. She starts by putting words in my mouth and then instead of answering my challenges to her "opinion" she immediately attacks me, my intelligence, and raises that as a straw man because she can't admit she is wrong. She is so transparent in her discourse and motive that I wonder if she can even have a valid opinion.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    23 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    DTMB - MizB is entitled to her own opinions - I vehemently disagree with her usually, but it isn't to try and sound smart. People like us and many others here on HP are looking at what's best for America, not what's best for our Party. I think that's why many of us are seeing Trump as the best candidate; yes, he's not the slick polished type Washington has become accustomed to, but he has the right plan to fix what's broke. If a Democrat was running that had the solutions we need, then I'd cross Party lines and vote for them, not because they were black or a woman, but because of what they could do for the overall good of the nation. You'd expect that the black population would understand this view much better now since our first black president did absolutely nothing for the black community.

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    23 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

    Ralph this is not a side point, you have hit the nail on the head.

    Mz Bejabbers on the other hand is more interested in playing some sort of victim card and again starting with " I know how you love to jump on people to show how "brilliant" you are" followed by the accusation I am ignorant. She totally miss characterizes what I say and then trys to argue against her false characterization solely to avoid the fact that I asked her questions she can't answer honestly without admitting she put words in my mouth and what I say is sadly correct, not just an opinion but the correct opinion, in other words the facts which I have never seen her embrace.

    On the other hand if we are to believe her characterization of me then it obviously applies to you Ralph because you just supported everything I said which is in essence no different than what you said when you said "The America I know is one based on average people stepping up to serve in office for a short time before return to their regular lives - what we have now is barely a shadow of this doctrine. I do agree that untried people could be devastating to America such as President Obama is, but after him, how can we get any worse?"

    And I agree with every word you said even if she thinks you too jump on people to show how "brilliant" you are!

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    23 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I'm not getting between you two, but your conversation does raise an interesting side point - have we as a nation evolved to the point where our politicians need to be "professionals" at politicking? The America I know is one based on average people stepping up to serve in office for a short time before return to their regular lives - what we have now is barely a shadow of this doctrine. I do agree that untried people could be devastating to America such as President Obama is, but after him, how can we get any worse? He was barely a Senator and had no real political training before George Soros funded his run for the office. America is now mired in debt, almost 100 million people are underemployed, our borders are almost non-existent, and we see daily how he's allowed people to do as they please in government - look at the illegal server of Clinton or how the members of Congress get rich on insider trading. Untried doesn't mean failure in every case, but in a lot it does. What would you suggest MizJ? Should we train people in schools to be leaders? Other ideas?

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    23 months ago

    DTMB, I know how you love to jump on people to show how "brilliant" you are, but all you do is show your ignorance of how government works. You are allowed your own opinions and I am allowed mine. I did not put words into your mouth. I used my own words, but if the shoe fits, wear it. I will also tell you that I have experience with these "untried," as I put it, people because I work for them, and my state has gone to the dogs since they came into power, and it is sinking farther.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    23 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I think this rises above politics - our standards as a nation have been getting watered down for decades and our electronic security protocols seem to take a backseat to other issues which aren't as important. We need to put some serious funding toward increasing security. America is at stake, not just one side or the other side's pet projects. I'm a full supporter of the death penalty for treasonous actions.

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    23 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

    "but electing untried people who are ignorant of politics is not the answer." Putting words in our mouths? I was talking about not electing career politicians, how does that equate to electing untried people who are ignorant? and btw do you really think career politicians aren't untried and ignorant? Maybe not ignorant of politics which means they are adept at lying to get votes, focus groups to see how best they can deceive their constituents and life long collusion with media to keep themselves in power, but that is all career politicians are good for besides seeing that their government "experience" lines their pockets with wealth.

    Miz bejabbers have you not learned anything from what is obvious about the government we have now other than how to put words in peoples mouths to subvert the meaning of what they are saying?

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    23 months ago

    You and DTMB have some very valid points, but electing untried people who are ignorant of politics is not the answer. States that have strict term limits will verify that for you. So what is the answer? Perhaps stricter penalties for treason. At one time people convicted of treason received the death penalty. I'm not a great advocate of the death penalty because there is always that convicted person who is not guilty. However, we do have to look at the ease with which our top secrets can now be hacked or otherwise stolen and reconsider the penalties. Will Martin, who has confessed, get a slap on the wrist or be put away for the rest of his life where he can't do it again?

    Also, now Snowden wants to come home, to come back to the country that he betrayed. Apparently he found that living in Russia wasn't the wonderful place he thought it would be. I agree that the U.S. shouldn't allow him to come home. Perhaps his sentence of a life in Russia is a just one.

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    23 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

    "How do Americans regain trust in our government when errors of this magnitude continue to happen?"

    With or without such "errrors" Americans who have lost trust in our government will never regain trust in our government and wisely so. Because "errors" like this happen and will always happen whether it is known to you or not so the government should never be trusted. Trust the government and you will always be disappointed.

    Like Reagan once said, trust but verify, which means basically do not trust anyone or anything, trust yourself.

    How do we verify when it's the government? The constitution provides for verification, checks and balances, but it is only as good as the elected officials who are charged with carrying out the constitutions and enforcing the laws that stem from it.

    Until we stop electing career politicians who care most about their careers and least about what they are elected to do, their constituents and the constitution we will never be able to trust but verify so can never trust our government, plain and simple. Our government is corrupted by career politicians and the electorate is responsible for putting them in office year after year. Not only can we never trust the government the electorate has become so brain dead when it comes to government and morality it can not be trusted and the outcome of the path this country is on is the verification of that.

    So yes, the point is we can never trust the government and the reason is why would you want to?

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