Neighbors of a 51-year-old, low-level government contractor who is accused of stealing some of the US government’s most closely protected computer code from the National Security Agency find the allegations hard to fathom.

“Does that house look like he’s cashing in? I don’t think so,” chuckled neighbor Glen Bond as he stood in front of the modest bungalow where suspect Harold T. Martin III was secretly arrested in an FBI raid on August 27.

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Before his arrest Martin lived in the home with his wife Deb, where the couple cares for rescue dogs.

“I love him very much and he’s a good man,” said Martin’s wife who spoke briefly to reporters.

Harold Martin's public defender released the following statement:

"Hal Martin has been charged in federal court. This is the beginning of a long and important process. At this point, these are mere allegations. There is no evidence that Hal Martin intended to betray his country. What we do know is that Hal Martin loves his family and his country. He served our nation honorably in the United States Navy, and he has devoted his entire career to serving and protecting America. We look forward to defending Hal Martin in court."