The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Lon Snowden, said in an interview with the Washington Post that his son took a position with Booz Allen, where he had access to classified information, because budget cuts known as sequestration led to the elimination of his previous contracting job.
“Edward has said he took his final government contracting job with Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii to gain access to sensitive NSA information. But his father said Edward told him that his previous contracting job had been eliminated because of the federal budget sequestration,” reporter Jerry Markon wrote in the article published online Tuesday night.
Booz Allen was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Air Force earlier this month.
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