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Report: FBI secretly arrested former NSA contractor after possibly disclosing national secrets
In his June 6, 2013 file photo, the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Senate on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, blocked an expansion of the government's power to investigate suspected terrorists, a victory for civil libertarians and privacy advocates emboldened after a National Security Agency contractor's revelations forced changes to surveillance of Americans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Report: FBI secretly arrested former NSA contractor after possibly disclosing national secrets


The FBI has arrested at least one former NSA contractor for allegedly stealing and sharing highly classified "source code" used to hack into the computer networks belonging to Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

The New York Times reported that the contractor was secretly arrested weeks ago and that he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the consulting firm hired by the U.S. government to build and maintain certain cybersecurity measures. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has also leaked government secrets, worked for the same firm.

It's the second time in three years that someone from inside government operations has allegedly stolen classified information from the NSA. In 2013, Snowden retrieved highly classified data exposing the NSA's controversial surveillance methods and passed the information along to journalists. While some see Snowden as a "patriot" for exposing something that was later determined to be unconstitutional, others have called him a traitor for putting national security at risk.

A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)Edward Snowden (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)

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