The former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden ended up on the
wrong end of a surveillance stakeout on Thursday afternoon when,
while riding a commuter train, he was overheard “disparaging” the
Obama administration. The over-hearer was a private citizen — Tom
Matzzie, an entrepreneur who previously worked for MoveOn.org and
John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Hayden was aboard an Acela train outside Philadelphia and talking
by phone with a reporter when Matzzie, who was sitting nearby,
recognized him. Matzzie heard Hayden insist to the reporter that
he be quoted anonymously, as a “former senior administration
Then Matzzie began live-tweeting as the nation’s former top spy
badmouthed the Obama administration, apparently in connection with
the revelation hours earlier that NSA had monitored the phone
calls of at least 35 world leaders’ telephone lines.