Former NSA employee sentenced for keeping classified info at home

BALTIMORE, Md. – A former NSA employee was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to keeping classified information at his home.

64-year-old Nghia Pho, of Ellicott City, Maryland, worked in cyber operations. He says he took U.S. government documents and other defense materials out of a secure location so he could work from home.

NSA Director Michael Rogers says Pho caused harm to the national security of the U.S. and violated the ability to protect vital secrets.

Prosecutors say Pho also used his electronic devices to access the classified materials.

Although prosecutors recommended an eight year sentence, Pho will spend five and a half years in prison.