Booz Allen reviewing security after arrest of NSA contractor

October 27, 2016 5:54 PM EDT

News and research before you hear about it on CNBC and others. Claim your 2-week free trial to StreetInsider Premium here.

By Dustin Volz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Booz Allen Hamilton said on Thursday it had hired a former FBI chief to conduct an external review of its security practices, after the consulting firm learned for the second time in three years that an employee working under contract with the National Security Agency had been charged with stealing classified information.

Booz Allen, which earns billions of dollars a year contracting with U.S. intelligence agencies, has come under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks after authorities took Harold Thomas Martin into custody.

The firm also employed Edward Snowden, who leaked a trove of secret files to news organizations in 2013 that exposed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the NSA. Snowden, who was in Hong Kong when his disclosures surfaced, lives in Moscow under asylum.

Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller is leading the audit of security, personnel and management practices, Booz Allen said in a statement. The review began on Oct. 19.

Martin, 51, was taken into custody in August, but his arrest was not announced publicly until earlier this month. Prosecutors have alleged he spent more than two decades pilfering secret documents and hoarding them at his home in Maryland, where investigators said they seized at least 50 terabytes of data.

Among the material allegedly stolen by Martin was a top secret document that contained "specific operational plans against a known enemy of the United States and its allies," the prosecutors said.

The FBI is investigating possible links between Martin and the leak online this summer of secret NSA hacking tools used to break into the computers of adversaries such as Russia and China, U.S. officials said.

“We fired Harold Martin as soon as we learned of his arrest, and we have been fully cooperating with the FBI’s investigation," Booz Allen spokesman Craig Veith said. "We are determined to learn from this incident and look more broadly at our processes and practices."

(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech, Cynthia Osterman and Bill Rigby)



Serious News for Serious Traders! Try StreetInsider.com Premium Free!

You May Also Be Interested In






Related Categories

Reuters

Comments

C.I.A. covert operatives exposed by the N.S.A. contractor Harold T. Martin III
John D on 2016-11-01 08:02:33
Mark as Spam | Reply to this comment

http://i.imgur.com/qiuCgQU.jpg


Kidnapping and torture of people on the ground of their alleged participation in terrorist activities is the practice commonly used by the C.I.A. We believe the international community has the right to know the names of the U.S. secret agents who are personally responsible for illegally punishing the people the United States deems undesirable all around the world. Former N.S.A. contractor Harold T. Martin III stole classified documents that contained the following information.


The list of CIA officers and recruited informants who participated in organizing the kidnapping and torture of people suspected of terrorist activity


Rodney Guy Smith, Chief of CIA Special Activities Division 2003-2006, now executive for Abraxas


Alejandro D. Martinez, ("Duece Martinez"), analyst, out of CIA


Robert Bickle CIA interrogator during 2000s, unknown status now


Robert Kandara chief of CIA High Value Detainee program during 2003 to at least 2004


John Bevan, CIA officer, deputy in High Value Detainee Program, still active in CIA as of 2009


Thomas Fletcher, CIA officer in HVD program, status now not known


Alan Jorsey pilot for CIA during 2000s


Alfreda Bukoski (portrayed in Zero Dark 30), HVD program senior official, believed to still be active


Jose Rodriguez, 2004-2007 CIA directory director of operations and Director of National Clandestine Services, now retired


Gina Haspel, CIA station chief for London as of 2009, former HVD


Bruce Jessen CIA contractor, advised CIA on interrogation


Frank (Francisco) Chap, CIA reporters officer in HVD, posted to NSA as of 2009


Michael K. Winograd, CIA station chief, Bangkok, 2002-2005; has or had physical possession of interrogation tapes


James E. Mitchell CIA contractor formally with military's Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, now private contractor with - - Bruce Jessen, interrogation advisor, involved in decision to destroy video tapes


Michael D'Andrea chief of operations in the CIA CTC, 2002; later station chief, Cairo.


Robert Grenier, CIA chief of station, Pakistan 1999-2002, director of CTC 2004-2006, now retired from CIA, working at Kroll, Wash DC as of 2009


Kirk Hubbard CIA psychologist, interrogation advisor, 2000s


Carol S. Rosenblum CIA psychologist, interrogation advisor


Richard Blee, chief of station Pakistan 2002-2004, later chief of station postings, now private consultant, involved in HVD interrogation program


Martin (Marty) Martin, senior officer 2000-2005, later chief of station, Cairo, involved in interrogation program


Robert Dannenberg, chief of Central Eurasia Division 2004 to 2006, including Romania, Poland and other European countries, involved in many aspects of CIA's Special Activities Division, CTC, and HVD


Robert Richer, CIA Associate Director for Operations (ADDO) until late 2005; 2002-2004 Chief of the Near East and South Asia Division, involved in renditions program


CIA Atttomies: John Radsen, Jonathan Fredman, John Rizzo, Robert Eatinger, Paul Kelbaugh, Robert Monahan, Steven W. Hermes involved in renditions/torture/HVD program


James Pavit, CIA deputy Director for operations 1999-2004, involved in many aspects of detention and interrogation


John Sano, chief of East Asia Division 2005, deputy dir National Clandestine Service 2005-2007, now retired


Jami Miscik Deputy Dir for Intelligence 2002-2004, now retired, involved in Special Activities Division


Scott White Associate Deputy dir for intelligence 2002-2004, dir for support 2006-2008, CIA associate deputy dir as of 2009 replacing

Michael Morell position.


Ronald Czametsky, chief of station Poland 2002-2005, CIA chief of station Moscow as of 2009.


Paul Zalucky, chief of station Poland 2005-2007


Larry Seals chief of CIA Air Branch 2001-2004, chief of rendition program 2004 to unknown date


Scott D. Wever officer in CIA Air Branch at various points in 2001 to 2004, employed by CIA contractor CSC 2004-2005, re-hired by CIA 2006-2007 to work in renditions program


William L. Ballhaus CEO DynCorp International, contractor to CIA renditions program 2002-2005


Stephen Lee program manager at CSC/Dyncorp 2001-2005 for renditions program


Willian Vigil CSC/Dyncorp program manager involved with CIA contracting operations, handled CIA contracted aviation operations from 2005-2007, later in 2007 transfer to McNeil Security another CIA contractor involved with flint operations


Lawrence Dan Engelhaupt CSC/Dyncorp director involved with CIA contracting operations 2002-2007, also transfer to McNeil 2007


Steve Dugre CSC/Dyncorp program manager involved with CIA contracting ops from 2001 to 2007, also transfer to McNeil 2007


Michael Edward Anderson, pilot, Aero Contractors of North Carolina, pilot for CIA operators aircraft N379P, N313P, flew CIA missions to Afghanistan, Morocco, Poland blacksite

Allons enfants de la Patrie!


Add Your Comment