NSA contractor arrested in hacking plot

The feds secretly busted a National Security Agency contractor who stole and possibly leaked highly classified computer codes developed to launch hack attacks against hostile foreign governments, authorities said Wednesday.

Harold Thomas Martin, 52, of Glen Burnie, Md., was taken into custody by the FBI on Aug. 27 and charged with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor, authorities said.

If the documents were leaked, the US Justice Department said in a statement, the disclosure could “cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the US.”