Booz Allen's statement on Edward Snowden and "Reports of Leaked Information"

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Getting this wasn't easy. After several bouts with "BoozAllen.com Is Undergoing Maintenance" during an apparently crashing-under-the-weight-of-inquiring-people-want-to-know moment, I finally made it through to their press release (bolding mine):

Booz Allen Statement on Reports of Leaked Information

June 9, 2013

Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, has been an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. 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.

Here is Glenn Greenwald's interview at The Guardian: Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations, where there is also video:

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows [...]

"I don't want public attention because I don't want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing."

Wiki:

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (Booz Allen) is an American consulting firm headquartered in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County, Virginia, with 80 other offices throughout the United States. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious technology consulting firms in the world[3] and one of the best consulting firms to work for by Consulting Magazine.[4]Bloomberg Government ranked Booz Allen as 16th in its listing of industry leaders in the government sector in 2013. [5] Founded in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz, the company is one of the oldest management consulting firms in the world.

Booz Allen Hamilton is engaged in providing management and technology consulting services to the United States government and commercial services. Booz Allen’s services include strategic planning, human capital and learning, communications, operational improvement, information technology work, systems engineering, organizational change efforts, modeling and simulation, program management, assurance and resilience, and economic business analysis. [...]

Another controversy, related to some of the senior staff of Booz Allen (past and present) and related to its performance on some specific U.S. intelligence agency contracts, was brought to light on January 12, 2007 in an interview conducted by Democracy Now! with Tim Shorrock,[70] an independent investigative journalist, and separately in an article he wrote for the Salon online magazine. Through investigation of Booz Allen employees, Shorrock asserts that there is a sort of revolving-door conflict of interest between Booz Allen and the U.S. government, and between multiple other contractors and the U.S. government in general. Regarding Booz Allen, Shorrock referred to such people as John M. McConnell, R. James Woolsey, Jr., and James R. Clapper, all of whom have gone back and forth between government and industry (Booz Allen in particular), and who may present the appearance that certain government contractors receive undue or unlawful business from the government, and that certain government contractors may exert undue or unlawful influence on government. Shorrock further relates that Booz Allen was a sub-contractor with two programs at the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), called Trailblazer and Pioneer Groundbreaker.

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  • TurboKitty

    ... alrighty then ... where were all these "whistleblowing" people, when Congress passed the FISA bill that contained an ex post facto law in 2007, to relieve the Bush administration from being sued by the telecoms!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Gindy51

    I smell Chinese cyber warfare.

  • Paul Shene

    obvious coverup, obligatory denials.

  • Dave Fouchey

    This whole things smells like a three day old fish in the sun.

  • Unae

    So, we are to believe that he worked for this company for less than 3 months and got all hot and inspired to leak this and, to a foreign entity? There has got to be more to this guy. Even if you think the information he leaked is necessary, I don't like to think I am being played.