(CNN) – My, how the tables have turned. Former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden had a mole of his own on the Acela train Thursday afternoon.
Nearby passenger Tom Matzzie, a well-known progressive activist, eavesdropped on a phone conversation between Hayden and an unknown journalist, and live-tweeted what he heard. At least he wasn't on the quiet car...
Hayden, a CNN.com contributor, told CNN he "had a nice chat with my fellow Pittsburgher."
"Not sure what he thinks bashing the Administration means," he said in a statement, adding he didn't criticize President Barack Obama. "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 is going to be more robust. It wasn’t a criticism.”
Hayden was appointed by President George W. Bush as CIA director in 2006 and served until February 2009. Before that he served as director of the NSA from 1999 to 2005.
But in the end, Matzzie got a picture with the former NSA chief. Matzzie said on Twitter that Hayden offered him an interview; he asked for a photo. He added that the two had a chat about the Fourth Amendment, but ended their disagreement on good terms.