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Former NSA contractor accused of hoarding secrets at home to plead guilty to one charge, but case to continue

A former NSA contractor who was accused of stashing reams of classified information at his Glen Burnie home has agreed to plead guilty to taking home a single secret document, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

The contractor, Harold Martin, will admit in court later this month that he held onto a 2014 document outlining plans for a specific organization at the National Security Agency, prosecutors said.

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But Martin has not struck a formal plea agreement with prosecutors and court documents indicate he will continue to face numerous other changes.

He would face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the single count to which he is scheduled to plead guilty.

Prosecutors have said that the Navy veteran’s thefts stretched back over two decades. His lawyers say he began taking work home to get better at his job but that hoarding classified information became an obsession.

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Martin is the third person in recent years accused of stashing away sensitive information about America’s national security. Former soldier Chelsea Manning leaked thousands of military and diplomatic files and Edward Snowden, another former NSA contractor, provided a trove of documents to reporters.

But Martin’s attorneys have rejected comparisons to those cases. Prosecutors have not alleged that Martin shared information with anyone else.

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