Documents found in the search of materials stolen by a former National Security Agency contractor included names of covert U.S. intelligence officers, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday.
Harold T. Martin stands accused of taking a huge volume of government secrets home from the NSA. In a new court filing, prosecutors said they're still going through the massive amount of digital information said to have been found in his house, car, and a storage shed.
"Thousands of hard-copy documents containing highly classified information were also seized from him," the government said, including material "considered by the intelligence community to be irreplaceable once compromised."
Among the materials, prosecutors said, were documents that contained names of intelligence officers who operate under cover outside the United States.
The Justice Department included the allegations in a legal filing opposing Martin's request to be released on bail. A federal judge turned him down on October 21, but his lawyers are trying again, arguing that there are no grounds to hold him.
The only issue, his defense said, is whether he will appear in court for future proceedings. "He has no criminal history. He has strong ties to Maryland," they said. "He has been cooperative with the government."
His lawyers will appear before the judge Friday morning to try again to get Martin released on bail.