August 8, 2013
Retired Air Force General Michael Hayden, who is also the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) warned that if NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were to be apprehended by the US cyberterrorists would attack.
Hayden was speaking at a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) meeting when he decried : “I’m just trying to illustrate that you’ve got a group of people out there who make demands, whose demands may not be satisfiable, may not be rational from other points of view, may not be the kinds of things that government can accommodate.”
Currently, Hayden is chair of the BPC Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative (EGCSI) where knowledge of potential cyber hackers “who haven’t talked to the opposite sex in 5 or 6 years” are waiting in the wings to strike digital infrastructure in the US.
Under Hayden expanded collection of intelligence on suspects foreign and domestic following the attack on 9/11.
Hayden’s program entitled Stellar Wind was the code name for a sensitive compartmentalized unit that gathered information for the President’s Surveillance Program (PSP).
Former President George W. Bush was behind the inception of Stellar Wind; however President Barack Obama has expanded the collection of telecommunications with the assistance of the NSA and the furtherance of spying operations such as the PRISM program.
Hayden claims that hacker groups such as LulzSec, Anonymous, and other “nihilists, anarchists, [and] activists” will respond to any arrest of Snowden.