Snowden Took Job Specifically to Collect Evidence He wasn't in it for the money By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff Posted Jun 24, 2013 2:36 PM CDT 145 comments Comments Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/The Guardian) (Newser) – Edward Snowden didn't just stumble across evidence of NSA surveillance while working at subcontractor Booz Allen Hamilton—accessing that evidence is exactly why he took the job in the first place. "My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked," he tells the South China Morning Post. "That is why I accepted that position about three months ago." During an online chat last week, Snowden—who still seems to be hanging out in Russia—also noted that he even took a pay-cut for the position. "Booz was not the most I've been paid," he said.