Showden Oath Myth is my take on an emerging legend that Edward Snowden was upholding a higher oath to the Constitution. As a contractor, he never took one. That oath, from 5 U.S.C. Â3331, applies to "An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services." In the civil service or uniformed services is key, as he was neither. Yes, he was probably presented with non-disclosure agreements and informed what could happen if he violated those, but no oath was involved. I know what an oath is, having been a 30 year service member both enlisted and commissioned. I was also a contractor from 1994 to 2010, and never once swore an oath of any kind as a contractor.