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Snowden ‘Exaggerated’ His $200K A Year Salary

From the Politico:

Booz Allen fires Edward Snowden, says they didn’t pay him $200K

By PHILIP EWING | June 11, 2013

Consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton has fired Edward Snowden, the computer technician who acknowledged leaking classified documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post, the company announced.

Apparently, Snowden was not a union employee. (Like IRA workers.)

Booz Allen on Tuesday morning also called into question one detail Snowden gave about himself when it updated a statement it released Sunday evening with a single sentence: “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.

Snowden had told The Guardian that he had “a very comfortable life” that included “a salary of roughly 200,000.” He might have been also accounting for perks, bonuses or other income outside his work for Booz Allen — or he might have been exaggerating to make a point about the sacrifice he felt he was making by releasing the documents.

If Mr. Snowden would ‘exaggerate’ his salary, what else might he have exaggerated? In fact, his interview with the Guardian was replete with exaggerations.

The Army also filled in a little more of Snowden’s background late Monday.

“Mr. Edward Snowden served in the Army from June 2004 to September 2004 as a private first class at Fort Benning,” Army spokesman Col. David Patterson said. “He attempted to qualify to become a Special Forces soldier but did not complete the requisite training and was administratively discharged from the Army.” …

Snowden told The Guardian he “broke both his legs” and so could not complete his Army training, but the Army did not appear to have that level of detail in its records. It’s possible Snowden could have hurt himself as part of his parachute training.

"Administratively discharged from the Army" could mean anything. People are "administratively discharged" for improper conduct.

But why isn’t there any record of why he was discharged? — Isn’t the Obama administration monitoring the Army?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Snowden ‘Exaggerated’ His $200K A Year Salary”

  1. GetBackJack says:


    How can we know? Are we supposed to take Booz Allen’s word for it? They deal in secrets they are paid to keep from us! They can make up any data, meta-data or simple bullstuff they want and trot it out to the media to flame Snowdon and (1) he can’t fight back (2) we can’t push back and (3) it was their guy went off the reservation shaming them.

    Sure, I’m inclined to doubt the obvious attempts to damage the man that he’s a Chinese Espionage Agent not really paid $200k but $122k.

    Uh-huh. Uh-Huh.

    /wanna buy some Florida land?
    //cheap, this week only

  2. Mithrandir says:

    One time, Edward Snowden told me he had a blue car, it turns out it was actually Azure from the manufacture! My god what a liar!

    SUBTLE TRAP EXPOSING BIG GOVERNMENT LOVERS, is what I am learning from this whole episode. All those people out there demanding his head because he embarrassed the Obama administration just like Julian Assange did, are exactly the members of the big government party we need to vote out of office.

    I don’t buy the human shields and excuses they throw up all the time just like the liberals do every time someone exposes one of their sacred cows, “He’s making us less safe by violating our national security!” –Oh please! The only ones making us less safe are the Constitution-burning members of our own government. Secret courts? Uh, you mean the executive taking over the judicial without proper checks and balances? Bleech, what a soviet era police state we live in now.

    True patriots DON’T CARE if the government takes a hit, if people are aware that their government is total trash, maybe juries will be more skeptical from now on. Maybe people will start to vote for fresh blood. Maybe people will finally finally finally get sick and tired of this Republican/Democrat 2-party cabal that has been ruining our country for decades.

    Why would anyone in their right mind trust our government on any conceivable issue? No no no no. This is exactly the type of harassment you can expect from an “open” government such as ours. Watch how this situation plays out, as a warning to all others who are thinking about exposing this government for the frauds that they are. If our government is so just and honest, then what’s with all the threats and hand-wringing?

    • captstubby says:

      “the full-time professional politician inherited the earth in the twentieth century. Reforms created an alien system of representation. A class of men, mainly lawyers, organized themselves to manipulate it. In due course the governing power was handed over to them. The dialogue was entirely between the old and the new elites. The ordinary people did not come into the play, except as a gigantic walk-on crowd in the background.”

      Paul Johnson

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