The consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton fired Edward J. Snowden, the self-confessed source of leaked classified National Security Agency documents about secret U.S. surveillance programs. ¶ Booz Allen said Snowden, employed for less than three months, was paid $122,000 a year for his work as a systems administrator on contract to the NSA. Snowden leaked documents to news media regarding the NSA’s collection of data from U.S. phone call records and its surveillance of online communications to and from foreign targets. ¶ In its 10-K filing, Booz Allen notes: “We depend on contracts with U.S. government agencies for substantially all of our revenue.” ¶ It is majority-owned by the Carlyle Group, the Washington-based private-equity company. ¶ Booz has 24,500 employees, $5.8 billion in revenue for its 2013 fiscal year, $219 million in profits and a stock market value of $2.5 billion.
Apple senior executive Eddy Cue said in an antitrust case in federal court that popular e-book titles may have cost more after his company got into the business but that Apple was not to blame for those price increases. Cue, the head of Apple’s iTunes business, has been portrayed by the government as the “chief ringleader of the conspiracy” between Apple and major publishers to force all retailers to increase e-book prices.