Rajesh De

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Raj De
White House Staff Secretary
In office
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byLisa Brown
Succeeded byDouglas Kramer
Personal details
Born1972 (age 46–47)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHarvard University (BA, JD)

Rajesh "Raj" De (born circa 1972[1]) is an American lawyer, and former U.S. government official.

From early 2011 through April 2012, De served as White House Staff Secretary. From April 2012 through March 2015, he was general counsel for the U.S. National Security Agency, a period marked by controversy over disclosures of NSA surveillance.[2][3] After leaving the NSA, he joined the law firm Mayer Brown.[3]

De has a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from Harvard College[4] where he graduated in the class of 1999.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bender, Bryan (9 January 2015). "From Harvard Law School friends to legal architects of the war on terrorism". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 3 April 2015. The trio, now in their early 40s, ...
  2. ^ "Rajesh De, NSA General Counsel, Defends Warrantless Wiretapping Program". HuffingtonPost. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The NSA's former top lawyer talks privacy, security, and Snowden's 'betrayal'". The Daily Dot. April 3, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Executive Profile: Rajesh De". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lisa Brown
White House Staff Secretary
Succeeded by
Douglas Kramer