Lawmakers Peeved Contractors Like Edward Snowden Pulled in Six-Figure Salary

June 11, 2013

Lawmakers on Tuesday cited the National Security Agency contractor who leaked top secret information about the agency’s telecommunications surveillance program as a consequence of a bloated, expensive contract workforce.

“The story that’s told is that he was a high-school dropout, that he didn’t finish his military obligation, though he attempted, and dropped out of community college. And it’s also reported that he’s being paid in the range of $200,000 a year as a contract employee,” Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.

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