Ex-National Security Agency (NSA) director Michael Hayden’s off-the-record interviews went public on Thursday after his conversation “on background” was overheard by former MoveOn.org director Tom Matzzie, Salon reported.
Matzzie began tweeting from an Amtrak Acela commuter train around 4:20 p.m., writing that Hayden was behind him “blabbing ‘on background as a former senior admin official’” to unidentified journalists, and that Hayden “sounded defensive.”
As Matzzie’s tweets began to gain attention on Twitter, he wrote, “I feel like I’m in the NSA. Except I’m in public,” and wondered if a phone ringing nearby meant someone was alerting Hayden — a theory that turned out to be correct.
“His office called him and then he graciously offered me an interview,” Matzzie wrote after posting a picture of himself with Hayden. “We talked around the 4th amendment and foreign spying.”
Matzzie also added that Hayden “was a gentleman,” even though the two disagreed on the issue, and that Hayden left the train in Newark, New Jersey.
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