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    Posted on Oct 24, 2013

    A Guy Eavesdropped On The Former NSA Director's Off-The-Record Conversation And Live Tweeted It

    Tom Matzzie, a political strategist, sat behind Michael Hayden on an Amtrak train and overheard his phone conversation with a journalist.

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    Michael Hayden, ex-NSA director and "best seatmate ever"

    Twitter: @tommatzzie

    Tom Matzzie, entrepreneur and eavesdropper

    Tom Matzzie, founder of the Ethical Electric Company and former director of MoveOn.org, found himself sitting near ex-NSA director Michael Hayden on the Acela Express outside Philadelphia. Hayden was on the phone with a reporter, apparently "bashing" the Obama administration in connection with the recent revelations that the NSA had monitored the phone calls of at least 35 world leaders.

    Matzzie began his own surveillance of Hayden's conversation and live tweeted it to his 4,000+ followers.

    On Acela listening to former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden give "off record" interviews. I feel like I'm in the NSA. Except I'm in public.

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    On Acela listening to former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden give "off record" interviews. I feel like I'm in the NSA. Except I'm in public.

    / Via

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

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

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

    / Via

    Hayden talking about a famous blackberry now.

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    Hayden talking about a famous blackberry now.

    / Via

    Michael Hayden on Acela giving reporters disparaging quotes about admin. "Remember, just refer as former senior admin" #exNSAneedsadayjob

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    Michael Hayden on Acela giving reporters disparaging quotes about admin. "Remember, just refer as former senior admin" #exNSAneedsadayjob

    / Via

    On Acela: Michael Hayden was talking to Massimo Calabresi at TIME I am pretty sure. Does he tweet?

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    On Acela: Michael Hayden was talking to Massimo Calabresi at TIME I am pretty sure. Does he tweet?

    / Via

    On Acela: former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden just ended last of handful of interviews bashing admin.

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    On Acela: former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden just ended last of handful of interviews bashing admin.

    / Via

    On Acela: Hayden's comments to press were clearly about NSA spying on foreign allies. #haydenacela

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    On Acela: Hayden's comments to press were clearly about NSA spying on foreign allies. #haydenacela

    / Via

    At one point Matzzie thought he was going to get caught spying on Hayden.

    On Acela: phone ringing. I think the jig is up. Maybe somebody is telling him I'm here. Do I hide?

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    On Acela: phone ringing. I think the jig is up. Maybe somebody is telling him I'm here. Do I hide?

    / Via

    But he didn't.

    I think I'm safe. Just passed Philly. No rendition yet. Do I have the balls to ask him for a photo? #haydenacela

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    I think I'm safe. Just passed Philly. No rendition yet. Do I have the balls to ask him for a photo? #haydenacela

    / Via

    He did have the balls to ask him for a photo.

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    Win

    / Via

    He might even have landed an (on-the-record?) interview with Hayden.

    On the pic. His office called him and then he graciously offered me an interview. We talked around the 4th amendment and foreign spying.

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    On the pic. His office called him and then he graciously offered me an interview. We talked around the 4th amendment and foreign spying.

    / Via

    And they lived happily ever after.

    I just had a very nice conversation with Michael Hayden. He was a gentleman and we disagree.

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    I just had a very nice conversation with Michael Hayden. He was a gentleman and we disagree.

    / Via

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    @JeremyJ best seatmate ever

    / Via

    Maybe a little too happy.

    Hayden just left train in Newark. He touched my back...again. I think a stop short actually.

    Tom Matzzie

    @tommatzzie

    Hayden just left train in Newark. He touched my back...again. I think a stop short actually.

    / Via

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