Charges against Harold Martin, a contractor with the National Security Agency became unsealed on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. The fifty-one-year-old from Maryland has been charged with theft of government property and the unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials. Materials include a highly classified code generated to break into the electronic systems of agency adversaries, including Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.
Officials often rely on psychological and behavioral profiles to uncover possible “insider threats.” For example, Edward Snowden was driven by political motives to protect the rights of Americans when he spoke of government monitoring programs to journalists. This, however, is not the case for Harold Martin. Officials say Martin does not fit the usual profile of an insider threat. His motive, among many other aspects of the investigation, is still unclear. There is currently a large wave of secrecy surrounding the proceedings. Regardless, the N.S.A. will have to take remedial measures, as it did following Snowden’s disclosures a few years back, in an era where people are speaking more openly about the agency and its practices.
 Ian Duncan, Federal contractor from Glen Burnie charged with stealing top secret information, The Baltimore Sun, (Oct. 5, 2016, 2:44 PM), http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/federal-workplace/bs-md-contract-arrest-secrets-20161005-story.html.
 Jo Becker, Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt, and Matt Apuzzo, N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets, NY Times, (Oct. 5, 2015), http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/us/nsa-leak-booz-allen-hamilton.html?ref=technology&_r=0.
 See Becker, supra note 2.
 See id.