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NSA contractor accused of stealing government documents

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FILE - This Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo shows the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The American Civil Liberties Union, Wikimedia and other groups are suing the National Security Agency over its surveillance practices. The lawsuit says the agency violates the free speech and privacy rights of Americans by tapping into the U.S. internet backbone to monitor online communications. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) File photo by Patrick Semansky/AP

The US Attorney will prosecute a former NSA contractor for what could be the largest theft of classified government material ever.

Harold T. Martin III was first given access to classified data in 1996. The US Attorney alleges that, over the next 20 years, Martin made off with about 50 terabytes of that data.

He appeared today at a detention hearing in U.S. District Court. For more, Take Two spoke to Ellen Nakashima, national security reporter for the Washington Post. 

Press the blue play button above to hear the full interview. 

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