What the hell? Pierre Omidyar selects one of Edward Snowden’s former Booz Allen bosses to be an Omidyar Fellow

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Edward Snowden was a Booz Allen Hamilton employee in Hawaii when he worked as a subcontractor for the National Security Agency and made off with hundreds of thousands of the spy agency’s files.

Booz Allen, “the world’s most profitable spy organization,” is one of the NSA’s leading private contractors; the director of US intelligence, James Clapper, was a Booz Allen executive, and former NSA director Michael McConnell is now a Booz Allen VP.

In other words, if you’re with Edward Snowden in any way, Booz Allen is the enemy.

So it may come as a surprise that billionaire Pierre Omidyar — owner and publisher of The Intercept, which holds the only complete cache of Snowden’s NSA files — has just selected one of Snowden’s former bosses at Booz Allen’s Hawaii branch to join the Omidyar Fellows program…

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Edward Snowden 2015 says #BlackLivesMatter, as 2009 Snowden rolls up his windows and locks the doors

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Edward Snowden has a PR problem. 

With international condemnation of Russia continuing to mount, this isn’t the ideal time to be an American whistleblower, sitting in Moscow under FSB protection, hurling insults at your own side.

Little wonder, then, that Snowden recently joined Twitter, where he has been working hard to remind us all of his hero status, and to ally himself with as many popular causes as he can find. 

Last week, he came out in support of Matthew Keys, who he claimed was “facing” 25 years in prison for helping hackers deface the LA Times website. To underscore his point, Snowden used the hashtag “#PrisonPolicy.”  Sadly Twitter’s 140 character limit prevented him from making any comment on Russia’s use of prison, or even murder, to deter free speech.

This week, Snowden – currently living in a country where, according to Amnesty International, “violent racism is out of control” – is hitching his wagon to the Black Lives Matter campaign…

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