After Booz Allen systems administrator Edward Snowden turned into one of the most prominent leakers in the history of U.S. national security, the defense contractor fired him and posted a job opening for a new systems administrator.
“The same day that Snowden was officially terminated, Booz Allen posted a listing for a ‘Systems Administrator, Junior Job’ based in Hawaii,” Defense News reports. ‘Secret clearance is required.’” A Booz Allen spokesman told Defense News he couldn’t comment on the issue.
Snowden leaked National Security Agency documents to The Washington Post and The Guardian. “The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets,” the Post reported based on his documents.
Government officials say that’s wrong, that the program only allows intelligence officials to find out who is calling terrorists. “We roll up an al-Qaida cell somewhere, let’s just say Yemen,” former NSA director Michael Hayden told NPR. “We grab a cell phone. We know through the pocket litter that the owner of that cell phone is involved in terrorist activity. We didn’t know about that cell phone before. We didn’t have that number.”