- Amazon announced Thursday it has elected former National Security Agency (NSA) chief Keith Alexander to its board.
- Alexander presided over the NSA when the Edward Snowden scandal broke.
- Snowden reacted to the news of Alexander’s hiring to Amazon, saying: “It turns out ‘Hey Alexa’ is short for ‘Hey Keith Alexander.'”
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Amazon has appointed the NSA chief who oversaw the Edward Snowden mass-surveillance scandal to its board.
The online retail giant announced the appointment on Wednesday.
General Keith Alexander presided as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 2005 to 2014, after which he founded his own cybersecurity company IronNet Security. According to Amazon’s site, Alexander now sits on Amazon’s audit committee.
Alexander was in the spotlight in 2013 when Edward Snowden, a former CIA sub-contractor, leaked thousands of NSA documents and blew the whistle on the agency’s mass surveillance programmes, triggering global