March 30, 2006: An NSA employee gets six years for taking home NSA manuals.

Kenneth W. Ford Jr. (Credit: public domain)

Kenneth W. Ford Jr. (Credit: public domain)

Kenneth W. Ford Jr., a former National Security Agency (NSA) employee, is found guilty of illegally storing classified papers in his home. He is sentenced to six years in prison.

On his last day working for the NSA in 2003, he took home manuals about NSA computers and electronic networks. His home was raided a month later after a tip-off. He didn’t do anything with the material but prosecutors argued he might have tried to sell them or use them for a future employer later. (The Baltimore Sun, 3/31/2006)