posted at 02:50
Author: Richard Byrne Reilly
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:30:41 +0000
Former NSA director Keith Alexander may have sold classified info for $1M per month
The biggest scandal to ever roil the National Security Agency, compliments of Edward Snowden, happened on his watch, but that hasn't stopped retired General Keith Alexander from demanding a seven-figure technical consulting fee now that he's a civilian. Alexander retired from the agency last year, and his name will be forever linked to Snowden's vast data theft. More directly, Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson accused Alexander Wednesday of disclosing "Classified information to bank trade groups for monthly fees of up to $1,000,000." According to Grayson, here quoted in press reports, "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." To be fair, Alexander has a reputation as a shrewd operator, and Snowden's voluminous theft of NSA documents cannot be blamed solely on him. These days, Alexander is plying his technical skills for a security firm called IronNet Security, which is focused on protecting the U.S. banking system from devastating cyber attacks. According to press reports, Alexander and his team have come up with a "Unique" system for detecting such attacks. Alexander has a strong working knowledge of cyber security.

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