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Ex-NSA employee sentenced for taking secret documents home

BALTIMORE – A former National Security Agency employee has been sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison for taking top secret U.S. defense materials back to his Maryland house.

Nghia Hoang Pho of Ellicott City, Maryland, had earlier pleaded guilty to willful retention of national defense information.

On his Tuesday sentencing, Pho explained in faltering English that he copies of U.S. government documents and writings with the national defence information, so that he can work from home.

He says that he is trying to earn a promotion, as he approached retirement.

Pho was born in Vietnam and is a naturalized AMERICAN citizen. He worked as a developer in the National Security Agency’s tailored Access Operations unit, which is involved in cyber operations.

The charges carried a maximum penalty of 10 years.

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