In the heat of the “government re-opening” media extravaganza, an important story has slipped through many people’s radars: NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, as well as his top deputy, plan to depart the all-seeing agency in early 2014.
According to The Guardian, “Alexander, who was rocked by Edward Snowden’s revelations, has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, officials say.”
I just hope Snowden and Alexander, when all this is old news, can meet up for a beer in a country without any U.S. extradition agreements and let bygones be bygones. And maybe invite Glenn Greenwald out to take notes.
But then again, Alexander doesn’t actually have to retire, if he doesn’t want to – by my back of the napkin math, he is likely the most powerful man on Earth.… Read the rest