[ISN] Inside former NSA chief Michael Hayden’s ‘interview’ with an Amtrak live-tweeter

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/24/inside-former-nsa-chief-michael-haydens-interview-with-an-amtrak-live-tweeter/ By Brian Fung The Switch Washington Post October 24, 2013 He should’ve taken the quiet car. But that’s not what Michael Hayden did on Thursday afternoon as he boarded Acela No. 2170, bound for New York. Instead, the former NSA director nestled into a regular coach seat and soon began what for many travelers is an Amtrak ritual: talking, often nonstop, on a cellphone as the train rolled on. A passenger a few seats away couldn’t help but be intrigued by the conversation, which included chatter about President Obama’s 2008 BlackBerry, specially modified to block foreign eavesdropping. Could it be James Clapper? Tom Matzzie wondered, referring to the director of national intelligence. But why would a sitting official be talking so openly about CIA black sites and rendition? It took nearly half an hour, but then it clicked for Matzzie, a former Washington director of the political group MoveOn.org. He whipped out his phone and began tweeting. […]




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