The PJ Tatler

Contractor: Um, Snowden Didn't Make $200,000

Today, contractor Booz Allen Hamilton didn’t issue a new statement on Edward Snowden but updated the old one to reflect two things: his firing and his real salary. (Underlines done by Booz Allen)

Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, was an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. 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. News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.

That’s a pretty big difference from what he told Guardian reporters in Hong Kong:

He has had “a very comfortable life” that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”

The company fired Snowden one day after he went public as the source of the leaks about the NSA phone surveillance and operation PRISM.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper used to be an executive at McLean, Va.-based Booz Allen.