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June 12, 2013
Booz Allen Handling a PR Storm
 
Booz Allen Hamilton, the technology consulting firm, finds itself in a whirlwind of publicity with the news that an employee for a brief spell, Edward Snowden, has leaked news of the National Security Agency's massive monitoring of telephone records in its fight against terrorism. That's a crisis communication challenge, indeed, and Booz, advises Critical Mention on the Business2Community site, has risen to it pretty well. You can follow Booz' response on its website and Facebook page

In a follow-up story, The Washington Post advises that Booz Allen has been keeping a low profile re the NSA situation. "The episode has created a case study for crisis communication experts to ponder, as contractors feel out their role in the often-secret world of cybersecurity and data collection," The Post says. "'I'm going to give them (Booz Allen) the benefit of (the) doubt that they're collecting their thoughts...,' said Gene Grabowski, executive vice president of crisis communications firm Levick Strategic Communications."



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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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