The NSA, everybody's favorite opaque government agency, would very much like for a leak like Edward Snowden's to never happen again, so it's firing all of the whistleblower's old colleagues. Well, almost all.
NSA chief Keith Alexander told a cybersecurity conference on Thursday that the agency was cutting 90 percent of its 1,000 or so system administrators in order to limit the number of people with access to top secret data. Snowden, of course, was once one of these sysadmins with access, and boy did he throw everybody for a loop when he took advantage of it, leaking all kinds of information about the NSA's inner workings to the press. So to keep this from happening again, the agency is just going to replace this class of would-be whistleblowers with non-whistleblowing computers. "[In the past] what we've done is we've put people in the loop of transferring data, securing networks and doing things that machines are probably better at doing," said Alexander, who didn't mention Snowden by name.