My source had previously told me, before he left, that he was leaving Booz Allen because security at the firm was getting oppressive. At that time, he told me that in the morning it took him about 10 minutes to log into his computer, because of all the security checks on the computer that he had to deal with.
At the time, he also told me that Booz Allen had put out employee wide emails, telling employees such things as that they were not to read Wikileaks pages on Booz Allen computers or at home. "I am getting out," he said. "I can't deal with it."
Now, he told me even more. He said no one talks anything illegal at Booz Allen, but there is a kind of code talk where things have a second deeper meaning. "If you understand how the game is played, and can check your integrity at the door, you can get very far in the firm and lead a cushy life," he said. If you are unwilling to play the game or are too naive to understand deeper meanings, you are not going to get very far. He said Booz Allen is infected with a culture that seeks power and access
He didn't go into what exactly goes on at Booz Allen that requires deeper meaning. I just got the sense it was a very dark world and that it was this dark world that my contact believed Snowden was horrified by and caused him to leak the information he did.
My source tells me that Booz Allen always had important USG contracts, but they really picked up when the Carlyle Group bought Booz Allen. That's when you really started to see the Penatgon and CIA contracts flow in, he said. He said that with Carlyle's strong USG contacts, they knew Booz Allen was a perfect firm to take over. He said that's when the firm really started to develop a national security mentality. He said that's when the firm became highly connected with the USG. He said he occasionally saw the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Booz Allen headquarters, as well as Carlyle vice chairman John Michael "Mike" McConnell - former Director of National Intelligence (2007–2009); formerly Director of the National Security Agency (1992–96); retired in 1996 as Vice Admiral, United States Navy, among other high level players.
My source tells me that he fully expects Booz Allen, the Penatgon, the CIA, the NSA etc. to close ranks and go after not only Snowden, but his family. They will go after them in open ways and subtly. The full wrath of the USG is going to come down on them, he says. That's the way the military-industrial-intelligence complex works. Indeed, he says, its the real reason the intelligence part of complex was built, to deal with situations like this.
NYT reports this morning:
Over the last decade, much of the company’s growth has come from selling expertise, technology and manpower to the National Security Agency and other federal intelligence agencies. Booz Allen earned $1.3 billion, 23 percent of the company’s total revenue, from intelligence work during its most recent fiscal year
As evidence of the company’s close relationship with government, the Obama administration’s chief intelligence official, James R. Clapper Jr., is a former Booz Allen executive. The official who held that post in the Bush administration, John M. McConnell, now works for Booz Allen[...]
The company employs about 25,000 people, almost half of whom hold top secret security clearances, providing “access to information that would cause ‘exceptionally grave damage’ to national security if disclosed to the public,” according to a company securities filing.
In January, Booz Allen announced that it was starting work on a new contract worth perhaps as much as $5.6 billion over five years to provide intelligence analysis services to the Defense Department. Under the deal, Booz Allen employees are being assigned to help military and national security policy makers, the company said.[...]
The company, based in Virginia, is primarily a technology contractor. It reported revenues of $5.76 billion for the fiscal year ended in March and was No. 436 on Fortune’s list of the 500 largest public companies. The government provided 98 percent of that revenue, the company said.
Its rapid growth, fueled by government investment after the Sept. 11 attacks, led to a 2008 buyout by the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, followed by a public offering in 2010.