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Snarky Lawmaker Reminds Former NSA Chief That Selling State Secrets Is Illegal

•, By Kim Zetter
In that case, the promises you sell carry more weight—and a higher price tag.

Which may well explain why Gen. Keith Alexander, the former head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, has launched the consulting firm IronNet Cybersecurity. It also may explain why a congressman has reminded the former spy that selling top secret info is a crime.

To capitalize on his recent departure from military intelligence—Alexander resigned in March following months of revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden—the general is offering his security expertise to the banking industry for the fire sale price of $600,000 per month after first asking for $1 million. There are threats everywhere, Alexander warns, and "It would be devastating if one of our major banks was hit, because they're so interconnected."

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