Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Dublin: 18°C Sunday 14 August 2022
Advertisement

You're fired: US surveillance whistleblower sacked by his employer

Booz Allen Hamilton confirmed in a statement that Edward Snowden’s employment with them had been “terminated”.

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden
Image: Screengrab

US DEFENCE CONTRACTOR Booz Allen Hamilton has said it has fired Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old employee who leaked secret US Internet and phone data surveillance programs to the press.

“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,” the company said in a statement.

“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,” it said.

Previous reports have said Snowden earned $200,000 per year, and it was not clear from Booz Allen’s statement whether this was false or whether Snowden received any bonuses or allowances in addition to his salary of $122,000.

The company said it would work closely with authorities investigating the security breach at the National Security Agency, where Snowden had worked as a contractor – for the last three months as a Booz Allen employee.

- © AFP, 2013

More: This is the man responsible for one of the biggest leaks in US history

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

About the author:

AFP

Read next:

COMMENTS (49)