A federal judge found Friday that a former National Security Agency contractor accused of carrying out what is thought to be the largest theft of classified secrets in U.S. history posed a flight risk and ordered that he continue to be held in jail.

U.S. Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite ruled that Harold T. Martin III should not be released pending trial, despite the impassioned arguments of his defense attorney that the computer technology expert is a patriot who intended no harm to his country and suffered from a “compulsive disorder” that led him to steal classified material over a 20-year period.

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