Booz Allen: Snowden Is Fired, Didn't Make $200K
Company says NSA leaker's salary was $122K
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 11, 2013 10:20 AM CDT
This image made available by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows NSA Wistleblower Edward Snowden.   (AP Photo/The Guardian, Ewen MacAskill)

(Newser) – If nothing else, you can certainly say it wasn't a moment too soon. Resoundingly slamming the barn door after a certain pony fled to Hong Kong, Booz Allen has fired Edward Snowden, the company announced in a one-sentence statement today. "Snowden, who had a salary at the rate of $122,000, was terminated June 10, 2013, for violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy," it said, according to Politico.

The salary reference shows that there is at least one part of Snowden's story that the NSA contractor wants to publicly refute: Snowden had previously said that he had "a salary of roughly $200,000." Writing for Politico, Philip Ewing theorizes: "It's possible he was accounting for other income outside his work for Booz Allen or that he might have been exaggerating to make a point about the sacrifice he felt he was making by releasing the documents."

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Jun 12, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
I think Snowden's exaggerated income is an important clue regarding his claims. While I believe Snowden's claim of NSA spying, I think a lot of detail he offered up in his interview are composed of both exaggeration and conjecture on his part. The problem is it can't be reliably refuted or confirmed by anyone with any credibility.
Jun 12, 2013 9:37 AM CDT
The current government was more interested in using the NSA data against their political enemies. They had data on Boston and they had data on the most recent shooting in California yet they failed to act. They sure went after conservative groups with a vengeance though.
Jun 12, 2013 6:00 AM CDT
I once heard a statement I found interesting..."Only Those With Something To Hide", and had no idea Obama was referring to every American. They want to snoop into our data but hang anyone that will stand up and say...wait just a minute that is wrong! Or snoop on them in Washington! We Need More People to do just our backs! Now those in Washington are doing all they can to discredit this young man...but most reading this comment don't think $122,000.00 is anything to turn your back on!!! And at a $122,000.00 salary suggest upper-level management! Obama re-instated the Patriot Act (was to Sunset 11/9/2009) that was to monitor incoming communications from places with know Ilamist Terrorist ONLY. But Obama said No All Americans Phones, Emails and other communications Must be Monitored!! So this was another Obama take advantage of every opportunity to hopefully change America into a foolish communist dream!