Ex-NSA Spy Chief Says Tweeted Off-The-Record Comments “Not Specifically Accurate”

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Fatimah Mazhar
Former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden was speaking off-the-record to reporters on an Amtrak train on Thursday afternoon when he was overheard by fellow passenger Tom Matzzie, a political activist.

NSA Spy Chief Hayden/ Matzzie

Former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden was speaking off-the-record to reporters on an Amtrak train on Thursday afternoon when he was overheard by fellow passenger Tom Matzzie, a political activist.

Hayden, however, wasn’t really bothered about his private conversations being revealed to the world through social media, according to news reports.

Matzzie, a member of MoveOn.org, which is a liberal public policy advocacy group, was reportedly 7-8 feet away from Hayden on the commuter train. 

The activist then live-tweeted the ex-spy chief’s off-the-record comments, which included statements on the controversial NSA scandal.

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Matzzie, who is also a Huffington Post blogger, seemed least concerned over the consequences of eavesdropping on the ex-NSA chief and even wanted to take a picture with the man.

And he did:

Hayden was informed on the train after a while that his conversations were being live-tweeted by a passenger.

According to The New York Magazine, Hayden behaved like a gentleman toward Matzzie and said, “So, would you like a real interview?”

Later, in an interview to HuffingtonPost, Hayden said Matzzie’s version of his statements were “not specifically accurate.”

Looks like the former NSA director just got a little taste of his own medicine.

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