Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. (Handout/Getty Images via The Guardian)
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On Monday Booz Allen Hamilton fired Edward Snowden from his top-secret $122,000 a year job as a systems administrator in Hawaii, after he identified himself as the whistleblower who had exposed National Security Agency surveillance programs to the Guardian and the Washington Post.
It’s his loss, and perhaps someone else’s gain.
The same day that Snowden was officially terminated, Booz Allen posted a listing for a “Systems Administrator, Junior Job” based in Hawaii. “Secret clearance is required.”
The specific government agency is not named but the successful applicant will have a “[k]nowledge of DoD Secure System Configuration tools and methods, including STIG’s, VMS, and Gold Disk to scan and remediate systems to maintain compliancy.”
The job description says that the systems administrator will “support current information security technology disciplines and practices to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of corporate information assets in accordance with established standards and procedures.”
Snowden, who is hailed as a hero by some privacy rights advocates and lambasted as a traitor by others, is still believed to be in Hong Kong. On Thursday, FBI Director Robert Mueller indicated that Snowden is under investigation, though he did not name him. According to Reuters, Mueller testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that “the individual who has admitted making these disclosures ... is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.”
James Fisher, a Booz Allen spokesman, said he could not comment about the Hawaii job posting or say anything about the matter beyond the statements that the company has already put out.