There is concern over the pond that former top spook General Keith Alexander might be making a fortune selling state secrets to private companies.
If the allegations are true, then it throws into question why it is appropriate for an American to sell state secrets to private enterprise, but lock up those who reveal them as a whistleblower.
Alexander was the number one enemy of Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on his organisations spying efforts.
After he quit as the head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, Alexander has launched the consulting firm IronNet Cybersecurity.
He is apparently offering his security expertise to the banking industry for the fire sale price of $600,000 per month after first asking for $1 million.
Democrat Alan Grayson fears that the only think that Alexander has anything useful to offer at that price are national security secrets.
Putting it bluntly Alexander can tell the banks which router his spooks stuck the listening devises in.
Grayson penned a stiffly worked letter to Alexander and those who might retain him that selling classified information is illegal.
“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 wrote. “Without the classified information he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you.”
The story broke in Wired which suggested that the reason that so many big wigs are wanting Snowden jailed is that he is preventing them from making a killing selling state secrets when they retire.