In large part, Alexander blamed the press for propagating an image of the NSA that causes people to believe they are being spied on at all times by the U.S. government regardless of their independent actions.
:D. Gee, I wonder why the big mean old press is saying such terrible things about the NSA?
I have an email saved from before I switched out of my math major, a rather unprofessional email from one of the department secretaries, demanding to know why no one showed up for the NSA recruitment session, which was usually very well-attended. We also had some tasteful students hang up a giant "Fuck the NSA" banner in the Computer Science building when the NSA visited that department. This was all about a month after Edward Snowden first became a household name. After those incidents, either the enthusiasm died down or they stopped recruiting altogether, I don't know which. But they shouldn't be surprised that young, talented students no longer want to work for them. No one wants to be the guy who go works for the organization that looks at your nude pictures and private emails.