The Justice Department is preparing charges against Edward Snowden, the former federal government contract worker who revealed the National Security Agency’s vast secret surveillance program, ABC News reported.
Booz Allen Hamilton, the government contract company Snowden worked for, confirmed Tuesday that Snowden, whose salary was $122,000, was fired Monday for violating the firm’s code of ethics.
The FBI’s Washington field office will oversee the investigation of Snowden, who said he leaked the classified information to Britain’s Guardian newspaper because he wanted the American public to know the extent of the government’s clandestine surveillance activities.
Meanwhile, an internal review has been launched to solely assess damage to national security, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Reuters. This review is separate from an initial criminal-leak investigation opened by the Justice Department.