NSA chief Keith Alexander expected to resign

Embattled National Security Agency (NSA) General Keith Alexander is expected to resign next year, ending his eight years in the top position.

According to U.S officials speaking anonymously, Alexander has formalised plans to leave early 2014. Reuters reports his civilian deputy John “Chris” Inglis is also expected to retire by the year’s end.

The Army General’s position was previously rocked by Edward Snowden’s leaks that revealed the huge extent of NSA’s spying capabilities, causing a backlash from the public.

Spokesperson Vanee Vines said Alexander had already planned to retire despite the leaks earlier this year.

"This has nothing to do with media leaks, the decision for his retirement was made prior; an agreement was made with the (Secretary of Defense) and the Chairman for one more year - to March 2014."

In recent years, Alexander publicly defended the actions of the NSA to Congress and the public citing a war on terrorists. Aside his career, he is also known to have an introspective and self-effacing persona which could explain the war room replication of Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise, or his fondness of Bejewled Blitz and Golf.

The chief’s departure means President Obama has a chance to install a new leader for the NSA. While a final decision has not been made, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers- the current commander of the US Navy's 10th Fleet and US Fleet Cyber Command- is tipped to become the successor. However, officials say there has been no final decision on selecting Rogers to succeed and other candidates may be considered.

Source: Reuters | Image via Foreign Policy
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So when do we all meet up in D.C. to let these creeps know how we feel about their felonious acts? Did anyone notice how the price of gasoline dropped while the government was shut down, and how it shot back up when they settled "their differences". Reap what you sow D.C. as it seems you are minding everyone's business but your own.

Lol, retiring and probably getting a **** load of pension after breaking the law, while snowden gets hounded out like a dog. Who said a democratic government is for the people, by the people?

still_rookie said,
Lol, retiring and probably getting a **** load of pension after breaking the law, while snowden gets hounded out like a dog. Who said a democratic government is for the people, by the people?

I applaud you.

Enron said,
That's because he's reading from a teleprompter.

Teleprompter, cue cards or flash cards on the podium... an orator should always engage the audience. And if that audience happens to be a camera... well, you know what they say about people who can't look you straight in the eye.

abecedarian paradoxious said,

So... since Bush did it, that makes it okay for Obama to keep doing it?


Friggin sheeple.

That was not his point at all. I think he suspects you're singlely blaming Obama on this.

It's entirely relevant when the NSA snoops on the private communications of individuals and companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple are implicated in the NSA's Prism programme.