Cashing in, big time

It appears that former NSA director Keith Alexander is now consulting on cybersecurity and getting paid $600,000 per month and this is naturally raising questions about the nature of the information he might be willing to give that is worth so much, given that he worked in a top-security agency. It also shows that there’s big money to be made by hyperinflating threats.

To capitalize on his recent departure from military intelligence—Alexander resigned in March following months of revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden—the general is offering his security expertise to the banking industry for the fire sale price of $600,000 per month after first asking for $1 million. There are threats everywhere, Alexander warns, and “It would be devastating if one of our major banks was hit, because they’re so interconnected.”

That may be, but Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida) is suspicious that Alexander has anything useful to offer at that price—unless, that is, he’s peddling national security secrets.

In letters sent Wednesday (.pdf) to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the Consumer Bankers Association, the Financial Services Roundtable and the Clearing House—all of which Alexander reportedly has approached about his services—Grayson made it clear to Alexander and those who might retain him that selling classified information is illegal.

“I am writing with concerns about the potential disclosure of classified information by former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander,” Grayson wrote. “Disclosing or misusing classified information for profit is, as Mr. Alexander well knows, a felony.

“I question how Mr. Alexander can provide any of the services he is offering unless he discloses or misuses classified information, including extremely sensitive sources and methods,” Grayson continued. “Without the classified information he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you.”

Silly Congressman Grayson. Doesn’t he realize that Alexander is a true American patriot in that he will only reveal national secrets for money, unlike the treasonous Edward Snowden who gave them away free in the public interest? That alone proves that Snowden is un-American.


  1. John Horstman says

    Isn’t hiring the former head of the NSA to consult on cyber-security kind of like needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo for $600,000 per month? (h/t John Oliver)

  2. jonP says

    There are threats everywhere, Alexander warns, and “It would be devastating if one of our major banks was hit, because they’re so interconnected.”

    Mr. Alexander sounds ominous. “Nice bank you got there. Would be a shame if something were to happen to it….”

  3. DsylexicHippo says

    How could they resist the bargain basement price? A price reduction to 600K from a cool mil – can’t beat that.

  4. astrosmash says

    Usually I’m against warrentless phone and emil tapping and general overraching surveillance…but I’ll suspend my take on that in Alexander’s case…He should be watched VERY VERY carefully ALL OF THE TIME… QED

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