Bloomberg Television’s Trish Regan interviewed NSA Director Keith Alexander today at Bloomberg Government’s “Cybersecurity: Costs and Solutions” conference in Washington D.C.
In response to a Washington Post report that claimed the agency has secretly tapped into main communication links that connect data centers internationally, Director Alexander said, NSA infiltration of servers “never happened,”
The director went on to call the report “spurious,” and insisted that the NSA does “not have access to Google servers, Yahoo servers,” and that ‘‘those companies work with us, they are compelled to work with us.” Director Alexander also said, the “NSA does collect information on terrorists and our national intelligence priorities, but we are not authorized to go into a U.S. company’s servers and take data”
source: Bloomberg Television
REGAN: You think a chance of a terror attack because of these – So from where I sit, I’m concerned that we will do things that continue to impact our nation’s security. That’s the key. And what that means is the chance of a terrorist act getting through has increased. And that’s wrong. ALEXANDER: No. I’m saying the business record FISA, FAA 702 and all this. What I’m talking about there is on these programs, we all came together as a country. And this is – I think from my perspective, that’s on the table. Some of that was done with the foreign intelligence surveillance court for a reason, a classified court. Because as we mentioned, if we bring it out to everybody in the room, then the terrorists will know how (inaudible). That’s not in our nation’s interest.
REGAN: Before I let you go, if you could just tell us, what do you tell Americans who are worried that the NSA is reading their emails or listening to their cell phones or seeing who they text? What do you tell the average person out there? ALEXANDER: The biggest challenge? Hopefully we’ll have addressed the issues that we’re currently facing and move forward with our partners, industries and allies. And so there’s will be building that new future, how we do that for the good of our nation and our allies. And we need to move beyond the media leaks. My job is to help us do that.