Alexander Sits Down with Comedian to Talk NSA, Kittens

Former NSA and US Cyber Command chief retired Gen. Keith Alexander made an appearance Sunday on John Oliver’s new show, Last Week Tonight.  The first couple of minutes involve domestic surveillance.  Alexander, looking relaxed in retirement having concluded his controversial tenure last month, seemed to handle the questions calmly and attempted to provide standard talking points on how there is some oversight of programs.

And then the conversation turned to Pinterest…

Alexander, noting his unfamiliarity with the site, concluded that, “I’ve led a sheltered life.”

When Oliver described NSA’s tendencies to gather as much information as possible as reminiscent of a hoarding, Alexander calmly let it go by.

But a smirk did creep across his face about 8 minutes in when OIiver suggested that in an effort to repair the NSA’s reputation the organization rename itself “Mr. Tiggles,” including a mascot of a kitten.

When Alexander shoots that one down, Alexander himself comes up with a new slogan for the NSA.  “The only agency in government that really listens.”

Take a look.  Alexander displays a remarkable degree of humor.

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Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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