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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday December 05 2017, @08:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the tinker-tailor-soldier-spy dept.

A former National Security Agency employee who worked at Tailored Access Operations has pleaded guilty to willful retention of national defense information, the same charge Harold T. Martin III faces:

A former National Security Agency employee admitted on Friday that he had illegally taken from the agency classified documents believed to have subsequently been stolen from his home computer by hackers working for Russian intelligence.

Nghia H. Pho, 67, of Ellicott City, Md., pleaded guilty to one count of willful retention of national defense information, an offense that carries a possible 10-year sentence. Prosecutors agreed not to seek more than eight years, however, and Mr. Pho's attorney, Robert C. Bonsib, will be free to ask for a more lenient sentence. He remains free while awaiting sentencing on April 6.

Mr. Pho had been charged in secret, though some news reports had given a limited description of the case. Officials unsealed the charges on Friday, resolving the long-running mystery of the defendant's identity.

Mr. Pho, who worked as a software developer for the N.S.A., was born in Vietnam but is a naturalized United States citizen. Prosecutors withheld from the public many details of his government work and of the criminal case against him, which is linked to a continuing investigation of Russian hacking.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by PinkyGigglebrain on Tuesday December 05 2017, @06:33PM (1 child)

    by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Tuesday December 05 2017, @06:33PM (#605742)

    Some of us are old enough to remember that the USA was at war* with Vietnam back in the 1960's.

    *the US Congress never actually made a formal declaration of war as required under the US Constitution so the conflict was technically a "military action", just like every "war" the US has engaged in since.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by bob_super on Tuesday December 05 2017, @07:14PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday December 05 2017, @07:14PM (#605762)

    The US is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, according to the US Senate. The last time they declared war was on Hungary, Rumania and Bulgaria, 75 and a half years ago.
    https://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/history/h_multi_sections_and_teasers/WarDeclarationsbyCongress.htm [senate.gov]