We just wrote about Senator John McCain calling for NSA boss Keith Alexander to either be fired or resign
-- though for the exact wrong reasons. Specifically, he wants him fired for letting little people like Ed Snowden and Chelsea Manning have access to important documents and also for having embarrassing facts (like that we spy on McCain's friends in high places, like Angela Merkel) revealed. Let's be clear. Here is McCain's exact quote:
SPIEGEL: Should Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, resign?
McCain: Of course, they should resign or be fired.
While a bit odd that McCain would refer to Alexander as plural, it's hard to say that he didn't say that. But, guess what? His press people are now trying to walk this back, and saying that McCain did not say what he actually said
“Senator McCain believes that there needs to be accountability for the Snowden leaks, but he is not calling for the resignation of General Alexander, who is retiring soon,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers told POLITICO.
Actually, he did
call for his resignation (or firing). Quite directly, as noted above. Separately, just what kind of "accountability" is he calling for? In the interview, he clearly said those responsible should be fired or resign. Of course, perhaps someone reminded him that Alexander is an "important person" like himself, Merkel and other top politicians, and he realized that "accountability" only applies to the little people.