A former NSA contractor accused of stealing a treasure trove of data offers to plead guilty to data theft

Scott Shane has an update on the case of former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin, who is potentially facing more than 100 years in prison when you start adding up all the felony counts:

 A veteran cybersecurity specialist for the National Security Agency and other intelligence organizations, accused of taking thousands of secret documents home over two decades, has decided to plead guilty later this month to a single charge that could carry a 10-year sentence.

But under the terms laid out by prosecutors, the intelligence contractor, Harold T. Martin III, would have no guarantee that the government will drop 19 additional felony charges. Mr. Martin appears to be making an unusual gamble that his penitence and cooperation will eventually persuade prosecutors to dismiss the rest of the indictment.

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