Booz Allen Fires Employee Who Leaked Secret Government Documents

U.S. National Security Leaks
Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Source: The Guardian via Getty Images

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. said it has fired Edward Snowden, who revealed a top-secret U.S. electronic surveillance program.

The federal consulting company, based in McLean, Virginia, said today in a statement that the 29-year-old had a salary of $122,000 and was fired for “violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy.”

Snowden had worked for the company for less than three months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. He was fired yesterday.

He voluntarily disclosed that he had provided journalists with secret documents describing the program, in a video interview posted Saturday on the website of the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper.

A former technical assistant for the Central Intelligence Agency, he had worked the National Security Agency for the past four years for various contractors, according to reports by the Guardian and the Washington Post, which said Snowden provided them with documents.

He copied the last set of documents he wanted to disclose three weeks ago at the NSA office in Hawaii where he worked as a Booz Allen contractor, the Guardian reported.

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