WASHINGTON — Bruised and battered U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed a new head of the National Security Agency to replace Army General Keith Alexander.
Reuters reported that Alexander will retire this March or April, and his replacement is Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers. Rogers is currently the head of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command.
The NSA and Obama are facing increased domestic and international criticism and pressure, after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed top secret information about the U.S.’s extensive spying program on allies. Brazil has called for an apology and the human rights group, Human Rights Watch, has criticized Obama’s lack of accountability with the NSA.
After several promises in public speeches, some think that not much will change with the NSA under Obama’s watch.