Contractor Fires Snowden From $122,000 Per Year Job

Source: John Bacon / USA Today

The consulting firm Booz Allen issued a statement Tuesday confirming that Edward Snowden, 29, was an employee of the firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii.

The statement says Snowden had a salary rate of $122,000 — and was terminated Monday “for violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy.”

Snowden, a former technical analyst for the CIA, revealed Sunday that he was the source of leaks detailing surveillance efforts involving National Security Agency collection of phone and Internet data. He has said he is hiding in Hong Kong.

In an interview with The Guardian last week, Snowden described a comfortable lifestyle and $200,000 salary from Booz Allen, of McLean, Va., and a home in Hawaii that he shared with a girlfriend. He told the paper his main fear was the U.S. government would come after his family, his friends and his partner.

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