Hayden: Matzzie ‘Got It Terribly Wrong’

October 25, 2013 6:35 a.m.

Former NSA Chief Michael Hayden on Thursday disputed some claims that liberal activist Tom Matzzie made while live-tweeting a shared a New York bound train.

Hayden told the Washington Post that Matzzie “got it terribly wrong.”

Matzzie overheard multiple off-the-record phone conversations that Hayden held with various reporters one seat over, in which Hayden was bashing the administration, according to Mazzie.

But Hayden disputes Matzzie’s account.

“I didn’t criticize the president,” Hayden told the Washington Post. “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 [for current officials] is going to be more robust. It wasn’t a criticism.”

Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: