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John McCain: NSA Chief Should Be Fired Due to Extensive Snowden Leaks?

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President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain in a press conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Senator John McCain has called for Keith Alexander to “resign or be fired” as the head of the National Security Agency, in an interview with the German news weekly Der Spiegel published on Sunday.

The senator for Arizona, a former Republican presidential candidate, said Alexander should be held accountable for the leaks of thousands of documents by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, which revealed NSA surveillance and spying on a massive scale. McCain said Snowden, who worked for the NSA as a contractor, should never have had access to classified information.

“And now we have a contractor employee, not a government employee, who has access to information which is, when revealed, most damaging to the standing prestige of the United States and our relations with some of our best friends,” McCain said. “Why did Edward Snowden have that information? And what are we doing as far as screening people who have access to this information? It’s outrageous, and someone ought to be held accountable.”

President Barack Obama, the NSA and the congressional intelligence committee had responsibility for the sharing of classified information, he said.

Asked if Alexander should resign, McCain said: “Of course, he should resign, or be fired. We no longer hold anybody accountable in Washington.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/10/john-mccain-nsa-keith-alexander-snowden

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 12, 2013 at 6:23 am

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