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Former NSA director Keith Alexander may have sold classified info for $1M per month

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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. When news of his million-dollar plus consulting fee leaked, Alexander was blasted my members of Congress, one of whom blamed him for profiteering by trading secrets for cash.

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.”

That may be one way of making sure you’re now being monitored by the NSA. Who knows.

Heavy stuff. But Grayson seems to forget that’s what many in the government, intelligence, and law enforcement sectors do when they retire: that is, build upon their myriad contacts from their time in government service to land high-paying jobs. It’s an old tale, and one Americans seem to live with.

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.

That’s a real threat. And Alexander has a strong working knowledge of cyber security. And now, he’s making real money for his efforts. As a civilian. That’s the American way.

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Joe J
Joe J

 Of course, with the NSA tapping, he could have all the dirt he needs to coerce banks into paying him what he wants for "consulting".

Jeremy E. Simpson
Jeremy E. Simpson

Didn't read the word "Espionage" anywhere in there...let me read it again.

Jose De Dios
Jose De Dios

He may have done it, however he did not act alone... Money at that level can diminish the patriarch in Mr. Alexander and his co-horts...

Nick Dodson
Nick Dodson

5 exabytes actually is enough, if you are educated, because there are an insane number of ways to minimize data load, between reference bits, scaling, compression... It is enough to store a couple years worth of data if done right, processing power and network bandwidth are the primary limiters. I am sure there are smarter people than me that could figure out how to store over a decade of data in 5 exabytes. Maybe this explains why the internet is so horrible in the US, haha.

Suresh Kumar
Suresh Kumar

lol man wanted to make money in a data driven world... and he works for NSA and so he thought they can do whatever they want, as they're superiors, in the organization, tell them, probably, everyday... Isn't what NSA employees were suppose to do? Oh wait, he stole it from NSA, OH CRAP, that's TREASON NOW! How dare he? TREASON TREASON TREASON...

Arnaldo Alves
Arnaldo Alves

Aí Leandro Tolentino, quando eu for p reserva tb quero um soldo desse!

yuri arthur
yuri arthur

Snowden has been vindicated. NSA could not confirm nor deny it's spying activities. Lawmaker asked to curb down NSA's collecting private information of citizens without warrant. And, as Mr. Biggelsorth commented, the rich and powerful are treated differently. Those who demonized Snowden can now quietly recite, "I'm sorry for being such a fool." Allow Snowden to come back home without being jailed.

Mr. Biggelsworth
Mr. Biggelsworth

Clearly the difference between being a traitor and a well to do american is selling classified information and not giving it away for free

federalreserve Brown
federalreserve Brown

citizens arrest anyone??? is there a single PATRIOT out there// anywhere???

Tranh Nguyen
Tranh Nguyen

It seems most congressmen are bought and paid for too. Their most important job is to get re-elected.

David Blau
David Blau

and yet, naturally, the opposite will obviously happen instead

Bruno Sanmartino
Bruno Sanmartino

... When the NSA/CIA violated our rights guaranteed to all under the Constitution, they committed a violation of the 1st Amendment.They opened all the privacy doors you and I had to everyone in the entire world and it is all open now thanks to the NSA/CIA committing this illegal act against the American people and spying on all we held sacred, and the rest are sure to follow their game. I assure you all our emails, phones, social network conversations, passwords and discussions will be open to anyone and everyone, thus NOW OUR SO-CALLED SUPREME COURT (an oxy moron) IS TELLING AMERICANS THEY DON'T CARE EITHER............no bull, just fact !...The NSA/CIA is not only collecting phone calls, but also bank transfers, financial records, emails, travel records, social media communications, health records and more. All of this will soon be housed in the NSA/CIA new mega-data-center in Utah, where a 5-zettabyte storage facility will be completed this fall. All of the known digital information in the world is believed to be only about 2.7 zettabytes, so the NSA has big plans to spy on you. My biggest question is take a wild guess WHO APPROVED ALL OF THIS AND IS STILL DOING SO ...................

Brian Harris
Brian Harris

They can kiss my ass! I'm in the middle of a government cover up concerning experiments on gifted children with synthetic telepathy technologies. They know who I am. I have 1.5 billion in GVT. hardware surgically implanted in the upper right quadrant of my left buttock. DISTAR direct instruction system for teaching arithmetic and reading became Project follow through when SRA found me with their national standardization test in 1978 when I was 8 years old. Rather than blow my head off to cover it up they keep me in an invisible cage. A Truman show. I have intentionally antagonized half a dozen or so federal agencies just to make them hack my computer and find the whole story. Who ever has to monitor all of my online activities likes to show they are there with nasty little tricks. I'm sure they are sick off The Crystal Method and Meatmen videos by now. I have a love letter ready for anyone who hacks my cellphone waiting in the drafts. I follow stalkers home and send them postcards.


The Nuremburg code means nothing to people like this. They are criminals in positions of authority because we give them that control. Phuck them! Lying, thieving, raping, peeping Tom psychopaths who only care about power and control. All I did was score high on an I.Q. test and that was all the excuse they needed to wage war on me, my family and friends. They use us like lab rats and anyone who opposes them they will try to destroy. I made them run! (We can't keep him out of here much longer he's all pumped up on blue) I framed the location of the psychotronic computer they use on me for being a child porno methlab. Now and then I make them run away from it.

PRISM, right now I see red. I saw a real neat cellphone the other day. In fact several of them. Won't that be neat when I download spyware into one of your phones NSA? One with the zapperator apps? I'll hit you all with so much pussy pop that you'll sound like a box of rice Krispies. Then you can taste the painbow and enjoy the fruits of your twisted labors. Psychotronic Psilocyborg linking into all of your computers with thoughts made synthetic telepathy, neurophone microwaves, Tricked you all into plugging me into even more of them. Lawnmower Man in the Matrix with a handful of red pills mixed with Drano and battery acid.


The easiest way to cover up crimes is gaslighting. Electronic harassment and organized stalking. At first it sounds too ridiculous. Why would anyone spend all this time and money to mess with you? Easy, it's far less expensive than a lawsuit settlement would be and more important is the people who do this love it. It is all fun and games for them. They get to hunt people. They'll find a way to poison all the people you come in public contact the most so rumors spread. I still have backscatter x-ray videos of me whacking it on free drugs made through the walls of my home haunting me and that was over 8 years ago. I had a nutcase hiding behind the milk section waiting for me twice to say " so there was this guy and we were all watching him beat off on crank" then he runs from behind the employees only section and walks out of the store looking proud as a peacock. From what I have seen half the people that stalk me want to phuck me and the rest want to kill me or just laugh.

Christian Lee
Christian Lee

"...may have...?" This is The American Way for media outlets in getting viewership..trying someone of allegations in the court of public opinion.

William Rodgers
William Rodgers

I don't agree with your word choice on "theft". I believe you should replace "theft" with "disclosing secret and evil information about the NSA to the world public".

Karl Hand
Karl Hand

Throw him and Clapper in prison where they belong.

Philip Alan
Philip Alan

It's OK if Alexander sells secret info to bankers, but it's not OK for Snowden to tell the American public about what our government is doing doing to us, using our money.  Now I understand

kathy toona
kathy toona

In the San Francisco Bay area corrupt FBI and DEA agents are running a theft ring. They fabricate evidence and steal from their suspects.


If you complain or become a whistle blower, watch out because they will hit you with every thing their government office has to offer.

The agents stealing have been using their office and government facilities to aid in their crimes.

When I called the San Francisco attorney general's office as a whistle blower or complainant my dog was poisoned, my cars are tampered with, a gas fitting in my garage was loosened, gang members are harassing me, death threats, shooting BB guns at my car in busy intersections, sleep deprivation, drugging, other tortures, etc...... 

jim K
jim K

With the NSA PRISM revelation, he can teach the new company that he got job today, how to install Backdoor Access for Public Cloud servers.........

Sotheara Lim
Sotheara Lim

Despicable. Exactly why NSA can't be trusted. Temptation will get to a person.

Chris Grey
Chris Grey

It is probably treason. He should be investigated and prosecuted if there is evidence. This is not like Snowden, who leaked not for profit but out of conscience.

Vitaly Dubinin
Vitaly Dubinin

He has a last name like a typical Russian fist name. what else did you expect?

Oliver Newton
Oliver Newton

So naturally, I guess he'll be in the cell next to Bradley/Chelsea Manning...

Dave Buznik
Dave Buznik

@yuri arthur Too funny! Snowden was and is bought and paid for by the Russians - so therefore he is home. Hope he likes championing privacy rights in a country that does not even acknowledge human rights.

Brian Harris
Brian Harris

@kathy toona Hey Kathy, welcome to the world of organized stalking. You are a targeted individual. I suggest you learn about electronic harassment asap and gang stalking too. Don't worry about trolls putting nasty comments out there. That's all they do. I framed the base of operations for an organized stalking ring in MN for having a methlab and a child porno computer with half a dozen federal agencies and all the local news teams. I already knew they had fake license plates. They have what the military calls a Voice to the Skull operating there.  It's a bunch of crooked cops, firefighters, EMT'S city and state employees( a whole city hall or 4), medical professionals along with a meth ring breaking every law there is. It's a very expansive and well organized network. I love to phuck with them because the police don't want me to send them anymore letters of proof of there criminal activities, so now I send them postcards instead.

I went to court for a traffic ticket yesterday and was surrounded by street theater dropping catch phrases. I'd say about 2/3 of the people there where stalkers.

I was going to sue the government in 2006 for making me a lab rat as a kid and that's when my new neighbors took out the street lights and moved a bunch of electronics in across the street. They liked to yell things like "you're going blind we just microwaved your head and you're living in a radar range oven the longer you live here is the shorter you will live". I was harassed out of everything even my home and hospitalized when no one believed what was happening. My talking refrigerator was more than happy to explain with holographic sound "this is called electronic harassment and we are going to brainwash you". Now I know about Frey effect/ Microwave hearing, Synthetic telepathy, wireless neurophone, remote neural monitoring technologies. Right now it's been over 8 years of nonstop assault for me. But I know were they do it from, right were they moved it across the street and the stalkers coordinate by listening with cellphones to the V2K program which is a mind reading computer. They can send text messages or voice mails right into my nervous system and sexual assaults as well. When I pull up to that trailer with all that trash beaming into me the whole neighborhood runs away! I've seen cops run away. I had them and the fire department barricade the entrance a few times to keep me out. With the press of a button they can screw my @ss. Anyways do some research, Youtube has some good videos and have a good one! 

I can be reached at entheogenius@yahoo.com if you would like to chat. Brian