Former NSA Head To Become Columnist For Conservative Paper To Discuss Intelligence

Former General Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA, has a new gig writing for the conservative Washington Times. His column will be titled “Inside Intelligence,” ironically, as he no longer is.

Gen. Hayden is best known for his complete support of the NSA’s surveillance programs, including his admission that XKeyscore is real, and his infamous train episode in which he was caught slagging the current administration on background. The spy was spied on by a reporter with a Twitter account. Classy.

As Politico notes, the Times has been on a hiring kick lately:

The Times has been building up a stable of conservative columnists in recent months, including Christine O’Donnell, Tom DeLay, Steve Deace, Tammy Bruce, Thom Loverro and Ben Carson, all of whom have signed on with the conservative newspaper in the past year or so. Sen. Rand Paul also joined the paper last year, but was suspended in November after instances of plagiarism.

Here’s a question: What’s the chance that Gen. Hayden elucidates the public on the inner workings of our intelligence agencies, or that he doesn’t divulge a whit, and instead merely bloviates about how people irked by incursions into their privacy are wrong?


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