The former director of the NSA was having what he probably thought was a private conversation during an Acela train ride, but he’s since found out that his talk was being live tweeted by a fellow passenger who was sitting nearby.
The Huffington Post reports that progressive activist Tom Matzzie found himself on a train sitting near former NSA Director Michael Hayden on Thursday, and quickly sent out tweets describing Hayden’s conversation. Matzzie wrote on Twitter that Hayden was "blabbing 'on background as a former senior admin official.'"
Hayden reportedly told the Huffington Post via email that Matzzie's version of the phone conversation was "not especially accurate."
When Matzzie, a former Washington director of the political group MoveOn.org, realized who it was on the phone talking near him, he began tweeting, according to The Washington Post.
“Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing ‘on background as a former senior admin official,’” Matzzie wrote. “Sounds defensive.”
Matzzie then continued to provide updates.
“Michael Hayden on Acela giving reporters disparaging quotes about admin,” Matzzie wrote. “‘Remember, just refer as former senior admin.’”
Hayden denied chastising the Obama administration when he spoke with The Washington Post.
“I didn’t criticize the president. I actually said these are very difficult issues. I said I had political guidance, too, that limited the things that I did when I was director of NSA. Now that political guidance [for current officials] is going to be more robust. It wasn’t a criticism.”