Bet you can’t guess what happens when a North Side native who was the nation’s top spook is snooped upon by a Kerry ’04 backer.
Snippets of Michael Hayden’s private phone conversation were blasted on Thursday over the twittersphere as his call to a Time magazine reporter was mis-overheard on an Acela train from D.C. to N.J.
I wasn’t bashing, Hayden later insists to the Washington Post: “I didn’t criticize the president.”
But back to the Amtrak train:
What was Hayden thinking? Asked later about the “leak” of his conversation, he tells the Post: The tweets are a “[bull—-] story from a liberal activist sitting two seats from me on the train hearing intermittent snatches of conversation.”
But Hayden is from Pittsburgh, so when the former head of CIA/NSA realizes what is happening on the train, he gets up from his seat and confronts his shadow.
“Would you like a real interview?” he asks Matzzie.
“I’m not a reporter,” Matzzie says.
“Everybody’s a reporter,” Hayden replies.
The end result? A photo, and Matzzie’s “very nice conversation” with “a gentleman” and Steeler fan.