Ex-NSA contractor pleads guilty to vast classified data leak, faces 9 years in prison

Sean Lyngaas reports:

A former National Security Agency contractor accused of one of the largest breaches of classified data in U.S. history pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count and faces a total of nine years in federal prison.

Appearing solemn and weary in federal court in Baltimore, Harold T. Martin III, 54, seemed to embrace his fate, telling the judge more than once, “It’s time [to] close…Pandora’s Box.”

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