Former NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Classified Information

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Pho himself worked at the NSA from 2006 to 2016, and was employed in Tailored Access Operations unit, the US Department of Justice said in a statement. Among the details of the case shrouded in mystery is the date he was charged.

A former National Security Agency employee pleaded guilty Friday to keeping top secret USA defense material at his home - the latest in a series of breaches involving workers at the nation's largest spy shop.

Pho reportedly faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Pho, who was born in Vietnam and is a naturalized US citizen, is free pending his sentencing, which is set for April 6, Bonsib said.

Pho's lawyer, Robert Bonsib, can ask for a more lighter sentence, and his client remains free as he awaits sentencing.

The DOJ says that Pho started taking documents home starting somewhere in 2010 and up until March 2015, when he was caught.

He held various security clearances, and former officials said he had no malicious intent in working on the tools at home.

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The court documents don't mention it, but Pho appears to be the NSA employee at the heart of the spying accusations swirling around the Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Lab.

Pho's home computer was using antivirus software made by the Russian software company Kaspersky Lab and Russian hackers are thought to have exploited it to steal the documents, the officials said.

Pho had installed a popular antivirus software by Kaspersky Lab on his computer. It is further alleged by United States government sources that Russian spies were able to get their hands on the top-secret code via the antivirus package, although Kaspersky denies any direct involvement.

The alleged hack had been previously reported by the Times, The Wall Street Journal and others, but the employee's identity had not previously been revealed.

The US government didn't see it that way and accused the Russian antivirus vendor of conspiring with Russian intelligence to actively search computers for classified material on goal.

The charges come on the heels of another government investigation in relation to a larger breach of NSA security, in which the NSA's hacking tools were released to the public a year ago by an unidentified group called the Shadow Brokers, Wired reported. Pho's case is particularly egregious, as the employee was lifting sensitive documents from the agency for half a decade. Harold Martin, an NSA contractor, was indicted in February for stealing up to 50 terabytes of data during a 20 year period, The Times said.

Reality Leigh Winner, a Texas native who had been stationed in Maryland, was charged in June with sending a classified report to a news organization. He has pleaded not guilty.

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