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Booz Allen says it's fired Snowden after NSA leak

By Jonathan Fahey

AP Business Writer

LAST UPDATED: 05:18 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2013

NEW YORK » Government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton says it's fired Edward Snowden, the employee who leaked details of a secret National Security Agency surveillance program.

The McLean, Va.-based firm says in a statement that it fired Snowden "for violations of the firm's code of ethics and firm policy." It said he had earned a salary of $122,000 a year.

Snowden had identified himself as the person who leaked top-secret information. He fled to Hong Kong in hopes of escaping criminal charges.

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RichardCory wrote:
And yet, ironically, Snowden had a greater sense of ethics towards people than anyone else in that company.
on June 11,2013 | 05:39AM
W15 wrote:
Ethics are always evaluated in the context of the situation in which the conduct took place. While he may now be claiming fidelity to a higher sense of moral obligation, Snowden chose to work in a field that required he keep intelligence information secret.
on June 11,2013 | 09:51AM
Manoa2 wrote:
It is not as Snowden called it being worse cyber criminals than China with fewer ethics. It is about snooping on people legally in the USA, people of a certain religion-- profiling, and getting everyone's phone records. This is a matter for the ACLU the only one between us and this kind of unconstitutional invasion of privacy by the NSA and CIA.
on June 11,2013 | 11:54AM
soundofreason wrote:
" It said he had earned a salary of $122,000 a year.">>> Should this personal salary information have been leaked?
on June 11,2013 | 06:38AM
pcman wrote:
IRT sound on Snowden's salary. His salary was confidential until he broke his contract by leaking secrets he swore to protect. Everything BAH knows about him has been released to the FBI, Congress, Justice Department and his lawyers, I'm sure.
on June 11,2013 | 07:04AM
cojef wrote:
Further Snowden released his pay information claiming to earn $200,000 annually according the original "Guardian" news accounts, thus his employer is merely clarifying the pay data.
on June 11,2013 | 09:37AM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
Earlier reports said he earned over $200,000 a year
on June 11,2013 | 06:47AM
pcman wrote:
IRT Forever on Snowden's salary. Snowden was quoted as saying he gave up a salary of $200,000. Evidently he was lying. I also believe he lied by saying he could access any information collected by NSA, CIA, etc. He evidently lies about anything and everything. I believe he is marketing himself to any country who is willing to pay for the information he says he knows about the NSA Prism Program. I also believe he went to Hong Kong, thinking that the Chinese would offer him the best deal, including safety, security and millions of dollars plus salary for life. He would also want to have his girlfriend flown into China as often as she can until they get married.
on June 11,2013 | 07:00AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Then he went to the wrong part of China. Hong Kong, as a SAR (Special Administrative Region; as is Macao) have a certain independence from the Chinese central govenment. So, they still observe treaties signed under British Commonwealth times, such as extradition. And China is not about to kill off these two golden geese SAR's by sticking their head into the mix. Probably, Snowden will find his way to the Chinese consulate/embassy in Hong Kong, or even Guangzhou, and request political asylum. He can make his way to Guangzhou by joining any tourist group from Hong Kong. Tourist groups can enter mainland China without a Chinese visa. He will be probably advised of this, or may already have.
on June 11,2013 | 07:41AM
pcman wrote:
IRT mitt on Honk Kong. He probably went to HK because it is the easiest to get a visa to visit. With a TS clearance he probably could not get past US officials to directly visit the PRC without some delay, as well. He is already gone from HK and is already in Iceland or the PRC, whichever offered him the best deal. In either case, I'm sure they would have waived a visa to get him and to give him political immunity.
on June 11,2013 | 08:07AM
cojef wrote:
The PRC will be glad to get their hands on him for the knowledge Snowden claims to possess. If, he does possess that knowledge, they pry it out of him if he is no willing to cooperate. They have techniques beyond what the West possess or are willing to use. I pray for him and hope he is not in their clutches, God forbid.
on June 11,2013 | 09:44AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
He's a peon. There is nothing to force out of him. One of the 1.5 million top secret cleared workers that work for the intel companies.
on June 11,2013 | 05:31PM
pridon wrote:
Maybe he worked a lot of overtime. HPD cops and EMD easily increase their pay by 50 to 60%, especially when approacing retirement.
on June 11,2013 | 09:25AM
Anonymous wrote:
Exactly - base wage is what's being quoted here. Meets utterly nothing when it comes to actual compensation.
on June 11,2013 | 01:32PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Police,Fire and EmS took a big hit on 9/11. They went way beyond the call to keep Americans safe. They protect the lives of million Americans so we can all live in freedom. Let's not forget that. Now union busters and GOP want to take that away. Shame on them.
on June 11,2013 | 05:34PM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe he did a lot of over time.
on June 11,2013 | 12:12PM
pcman wrote:
IRT Cory on Snowden's ethics. Snowden's ethics are based on his marketing himself to any country that is willing to hire him for millions to save billions in trying to get the information the knows through clandestine means. His ethics are also based on his willingness to lie to BAH that he was willing to protect the information he would obtain in his job to defend the country, its citizens and national interests. Probably the same as your sense of ethics.
on June 11,2013 | 07:11AM
soundofreason wrote:
One other person needs to be fired I guess. That would be the one in charge of your security policies that allowed the information to get out. How's THAT guy doing?
on June 11,2013 | 07:29AM
pcman wrote:
IRT sound. That guy is the president. The guy who has been leading the leaks, beginning with the killing of Bin Laden. He's doing fine.
on June 11,2013 | 08:24AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Lol,if they kept it a secret, the republicans would cry foul. Cannot win. Every event in the USA is blamed on the president. Lol. Bush still didn't catch bin laden, and that victory fly over claiming Victory in Iraq, a bald face lie. Today's paper read hundreds killed in bombings in war torn Iraq. What a shame.
on June 11,2013 | 05:39PM
pcman wrote:
IRT Nanakuli on victory in Iraq. The victory was claimed by the sailors on the aircraft carrier, not by Bush. Nevertheless, Iraq is now becoming the richest country in the Middle East because of the oil industry that we helped to revive. If they can hold on to the little democracy that they got from us, despite being cut short by this administration, Iraq will become the most prosperous country in the Middle East. No thanks to Obama who cut short their progress to democracy which Clinton originally had hoped for, not Bush.
on June 11,2013 | 09:19PM
soundofreason wrote:
Is he though?
on June 11,2013 | 08:04PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Booz Allen says it's fired Snowden after NSA leak">>> GASP!! (Was that the "surprise" response they were looking for?)
on June 11,2013 | 07:30AM
Michele007 wrote:
A little late to fire him, I think he quit..
on June 11,2013 | 07:47AM
pcman wrote:
IRT Michele. I don't think he had quit, because if he did he would have had to be outbriefed and sign restrictions on his TS clearance. He would then be legally bound to fulfill his promise to withhold anything he knows. By being fired, he may not be legally bound. If he had quit, he may not have wanted to sign his release.
on June 11,2013 | 08:16AM
lowtone123 wrote:
All of this from a guy who was a high school drop-out, attended community college but never attained a degree, served in the military but was discharged, worked at the CIA and other goverment contracted companies but for months at a time. Seems he had an ulterior motive to gain inside leverage to get what he wanted. How did he get there in the first place?
on June 11,2013 | 08:31AM
W15 wrote:
On its face, his professional background -- at the very least -- seems like he was unfit for this kind of position. What was someone with that track record doing working on a contract position that came in contact with high security clearance information?
on June 11,2013 | 09:44AM
cojef wrote:
Guess the CIA and other intelligence groups have a very questionable screening program to weed out misfits or malcontents.
on June 11,2013 | 09:47AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
CIA is turning to geek power since the Internet revolution. No handsome, muscular he mans. Just someone described as shy and timid, he kept to himself.
on June 11,2013 | 05:42PM
pechanga wrote:
Ideal pawn
on June 15,2013 | 05:11AM
pcman wrote:
IRT cojef on screening. Actually the Army kicked him out after 4 months on active duty, The CIA didn't give him the pay he wanted. He moved on an found the same problem with his employers so he got even by breaking his promise to secrecy. I hope whoever hires him now gets their due.
on June 11,2013 | 09:35PM
ippikiokami wrote:
You cannot knock down high school drop outs. First of all, there are many college graduates, even with graduate degrees, working for minimum pay or entry level positions, with huge student loans. I have personally met and read about many high school drop outs who have succeeded in life, beyond those with college degrees and wealthy parents. I just met a guy at a west coast conference, in the financial sector, who nets about $2.5 million dollars a year, consistently for the past 10 years. Yes, he is a high school drop out.
on June 11,2013 | 10:16AM
Manoa2 wrote:
CIA recruits out of high school. The woman who led the search that found Bin Laden was recruited out of high school.
on June 11,2013 | 11:46AM
pechanga wrote:
Agree! Many self-taught....keep learning beyond limits of institutions....
on June 15,2013 | 05:14AM
localguy wrote:
BAH is in major spin mode now, trying to save face after this fiasco caught them like a deer in the headlights. Now BAH has a vote of no confidence for causing this security failure. Typical for the lowest bidder for the government.
on June 11,2013 | 09:37AM
bullturd wrote:
Ya Think!!
on June 11,2013 | 09:39AM
W15 wrote:
Fine, they fired him. Maybe they should have done a better of job of screening him before placing him in a contract position where he handled and came in contact with top secret information. I know it's easy to see things after the fact, but he clearly did not have the temperament for such a position. I would want to know what kind of background checks they implemented. I know people who've applied for positions directly with some of our country's intelligence agencies, and the checks are intensely extensive. When it's contract work though, like through Booz Allen, I wonder if the extent of the checks are equally as substantial.
on June 11,2013 | 09:41AM
kuasol1 wrote:
Nationally, a 29-year old making $122,000 a year, possibly up to $200,000 with overtime ! CEO's making millions while hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost jobs and their homes in foreclosure. Here in Hawai`i we still have the ali`i / makaʻāinana / kauwa cast system left over from earlier days, with the well-connected making very large salaries while so many are struggling to get by (working multiple jobs.) and the homeless are being shuttled from location to location, sacrificed to the elements. We are a progressive nation and a progressive state ?
on June 11,2013 | 10:00AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Get a life kuasol. No such thing as Alii caste system.
on June 11,2013 | 05:44PM
pechanga wrote:
Re:"Here in Hawai`i we still have the ali`i / makaʻāinana / kauwa cast system left over from earlier days, with the well-connected making very large salaries while so many are struggling to get by (working multiple jobs.)" I agree with Kuasol...caste system may not be recognized by many...."connections" at play.... Pay attention to what is playing out....legacies...generations of few families, organizations; shut out "others" to perpetuate system of exclusion...and benefit "insiders." Notice....the calling together of "insiders" for political; economic welfare.. Stop, look, and listen...."insiders" now called "supporters" Hawaii is a closed society...."bosses" run the enterprise.....
on June 15,2013 | 05:31AM
den1718 wrote:
bottom line his a Traitor by putting lives at stake...............
on June 11,2013 | 10:03AM
Fred01 wrote:
I bet you are Asian.
on June 11,2013 | 10:17AM
popaa wrote:
What difference does that make??? You racist or something???
on June 11,2013 | 01:04PM
Pareidolic wrote:
I bet you aren't local.
on June 11,2013 | 01:38PM
Fred01 wrote:
You mean Asian, right?
on June 11,2013 | 04:39PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
No Fred, loco.
on June 11,2013 | 05:45PM
venacular50 wrote:
Its not shocking to me, what is being obtained, compiled and analyzed. Had this young man been employed during the Cold War, he'd have had a nervous breakdown. Terrorists and foreign adversaries love guys like this! Assuredly, this is not his first security job, yet, he's all alarmed by what he sees. I sense a bigger agenda from him and its been tried in the past, by individuals that ended up regretting it. When you work these kinds of jobs, RESIGN and fade away. He's getting bad advice. I'm not a big fan of snooping until its proven to have saved my kids, your kids or avoided a national disaster. This is dirty work and high time, we Americans develop the stomach for it.
on June 11,2013 | 10:46AM
kennysmith wrote:
they never need to spy on the us people, why don't they do it from a other country then?.
on June 11,2013 | 11:11AM
aomohoa wrote:
Is this one of those CYA after the fact. LOL!
on June 11,2013 | 12:11PM
sailfish1 wrote:
And when is Booz Allen Hamilton going to be fired for hiring inept high school dropouts and paying they $200,000 a year?
on June 12,2013 | 12:18AM
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