EEV: In all fairness to the NSA director, he is only an employee of the government. It is not appropriate he be the fall guy, unless he acted independently of his supervisors.
A YouTube video in which NSA boss Keith Alexander tries “to set the record straight” on the agency’s spying antics has nosedived. The half-hour interview triggered a wave of criticism from users, branding it the “most hated” video on YouTube.
In the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations on the massive espionage programs of the NSA, the spy agency has been hard pressed to defend its reputation. Since the security leaks emerged in May, the NSA has embarked on a campaign to clear its name. As part of the push, the US Defense Department published a video on YouTube in October seeking to justify the agency’s spy campaign.
However, the video had far from the desired effect and has been branded as one of the “most hated” videos of the year. Out of the 187,833 people who have viewed the video up until now 16,407 have hit the dislike button, compared to a mere 300 who “liked” the video.
Thousands of commentators also laid into the video, accusing the NSA of brazen propaganda.
“This NSA interview is the most-hated thing on YouTube right now,” said Google+ user Andy Sweet.
“How fearful are the NSA that they’re resorting to releasing propaganda on YouTube. I’m sure all of the upvotes are bots or shills,” wrote Kevin Willock in the comments section.
Other YouTubers also rounded into Alexander’s claims that the NSA is indispensable in the fight against terrorism and to ensure national security.
“So you believe Angela Merkel is an insurgent and a dangerous terrorist, Keith?” chided one YouTube user, referring the reports the NSA tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal phone.