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Former NSA director's train conversation live-tweeted

Oct. 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's phone conversation about the Obama administration was live-tweeted by a liberal activist on the same train.

Tom Matzzie, a former Washington director of liberal policy group MoveOn.org, posted to his Twitter account Thursday that he was sitting near Michael Hayden, director of the National Security Agency under President George W. Bush, on the Acela train to New York and the former official seemed to be criticizing President Barack Obama's handling of the fallout from the recent NSA eavesdropping scandal, MSNBC reported Friday.

"Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing 'on background as a former senior admin official,'" Matzzie wrote. "Sounds defensive."

Matzzie said he heard Hayden use the name "Massimo," leading him to believe the former official was speaking to Time's national security reporter, Massimo Calabresi, The Washington Post reported.

Hayden said Matzzie mischaracterized his conversation.

"I didn't criticize the president," Hayden told the Post. "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."

Matzzie said Hayden was apparently tipped off to his tweets at some point during the train ride, because he came over and offered a "real interview." The two men said they talked about subjects including the Fourth Amendment and NSA spying before agreeing to disagree.

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