Lying Keith Alexander to Shack up with Promontory and Profit Off His Fearmongering

Man, I knew Keith Alexander was going to cash in after he retired. And I probably would have placed all my chips on him profiting off his cyber fearmongering.

Former National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander is launching a consulting firm for financial institutions looking to address cybersecurity threats, POLITICO has learned.

Less than two months since his retirement from the embattled agency at the center of the Edward Snowden leak storm, the retired four-star general is setting up a Washington-based operation that will try to attract clients based on his four decades of experience in the military and intelligence — and the continued levels of access to senior decision-makers that affords.

But the part of this story that even I couldn’t have predicted — but makes so much sense it brings tears to my eyes — is that he’s shacking up with Promontory Financial Group, the revolving door regulator to hire that has been caught underestimating its clients’ crimes for big money.

Alexander will lease office space from the global consulting firm Promontory Financial Group, which confirmed in a statement on Thursday that it plans to partner with him on cybersecurity matters.

“He and a firm he’s forming will work on the technical aspects of these issues, and we on the risk-management compliance and governance elements,” said Promontory spokesman Chris Winans.

I’m impressed, Lying Keith: You’ve done my very low expectations even one better!

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

5 replies
  1. chronicle says:

    Congratulations Marci. Your bar for contempt is getting more rational by the day, notwithstanding your researched truth to back it up. If I was a betting man, I’d submit sooner or later some lying sack of shit USG officials will end up in the same position as John Kiriakou because of your work. I’m not holding my breath, but EVERYONE who visits here knows YOU are the fine line these deviant scumbags are scared SHITLESS of. PERIOD.

  2. greengiant says:

    While Friedman and Greenspan were delusional and talking about how free markets demanded ethical behavior, financial institution profits reached 40 percent of US corporate profits. Alexander is the poster boy for the message that both the DOJ and the intelligence community were and are fully involved in the capture of the US.

  3. Amanda Matthews says:

    Our government (formerly known as the group of people ELECTED to ‘serve’ and ‘represent’ the American people) has become a ‘talent’ agency for the lobbying industry and corporate America. It’s where people go to audition for the ‘private sector’ and if the ‘private sector’ likes what it sees, they then hire them to use their insider knowledge and contacts to benefit them at our (the plebs) expense.

    It’s always gone on. But this administration’s past, and soon to be past, employee’s have perfected the practice. And this guy is just going along with gravity, so to speak. He’s sinking to his own level. He’s going where he can best use his skills and connections. But now he can use all those skills and connections to benefit him and his quite nicely. As before, it will still be at our ‘expense’. We just won’t be handing over the paycheck.

    It’s quite a parasitic relationship, isn’t it?

  4. greengiant says:

    The government is not a talent agency, it is a captured arm of the oligopoly. The payday for the moles doing great damage in the government is usually at least one step removed in either relatives or time. One example is Hillary’s commodity winnings. Alexander’s payday will not be because of his insider knowledge or contacts, it will because of the damage he has already done.

    Here is a nice blurb on Alexander’s millieu.

  5. RUKidding says:

    Working “for” the USG is like doing the Talent portion of a Beauty Pagent without having to do the swim suit or evening gown portion. If your “talent” – usually how rapacious, pillaging & plundering you can be, plus bonus points if you make citizens dead (less eaters) – is deemed sufficient, you will glide easily upstairs to the Bigs, where you will be showered with an even higher grade of payola. The more crooked you are, the lower the depths to which you are willing to sink to chisel a buck outta the proles, the bigger your cut of the pie. CHA CHING!

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