An Ellicott City man and former employee of the National Security Agency who pleaded guilty in December to removing classified documents was sentenced Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Baltimore to 5 1/2 years in prison.
Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, who removed documents over a period of five years ending in 2015, testified at his sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court that he had wanted extra time to work on his employee performance assessment after being repeatedly passed over for promotions other members of his team had received.
“Your employee performance assessment is not good enough,” he said a supervisor told him. “It’s not your turn right now.”
He will serve the...