An NSA employee has been convicted of stealing classified material. The Free Beacon reports:
The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that a former National Security Agency employee had been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for the “willful retention of classified national defense information.”
Nghia Hoang Pho worked as a developer in the NSA Office of Tailored Access Operations beginning in April 2006. The Justice Department previously described the role as involving “operations and intelligence collection to gather data from target or foreign automated information systems or networks and also involved actions taken to prevent, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity within Department of Defense information systems and computer networks, for the United States and its allies.”
Pho was found to have removed volumes of electronic and hard copy information from his place of employment and brought it home, in direct contravention of NSA policy. In his plea agreement, Pho said he was aware he lacked authorization to remove the sensitive defense documents.
John C. Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, announced the sentence. “Pho’s intentional, reckless and illegal retention of highly classified information over the course of almost five years placed at risk our intelligence community’s capabilities and methods, rendering some of them unusable,” Demers said.
Was the intent to sell the information to a foreign country?