Former NSA Chief Gives Eavesdropped 'Off Record' Interviews on Train
A former CIA and National Security Agency chief gave what he thought was a series of anonymous interviews on a train, but his comments ended up on Twitter.
Michael Hayden talked to reporters on his cell phone Thursday while traveling on a train from Washington to New York.
Tom Matzzie, the former Washington director of the liberal political group MoveOn.org, was sitting near Hayden. Matzzie divulged portions of Hayden's conversation on Twitter, including comments on the NSA spying scandal, CIA secret prisons and President Barack Obama's smartphone.
Matzzie tweeted "former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela (train) behind me blabbing on background as a former senior admin (administration) official,' sounds defensive."
Hayden said later that he did not criticize Mr. Obama.
Search Continues for Americans Kidnapped by Pirates Off Nigeria
Nigerian authorities are continuing their search for two American men kidnapped by pirates off the Gulf of Guinea.
The captain and chief engineer of a U.S.-flagged oil supply vessel were taken Wednesday during an attack in international waters off the coast of Nigeria.
The 68-meter C-Retriever is owned by the U.S. oil servicing company Edison Chouest Offshore, which has not commented on the situation.
U.S. officials say the vessel and the rest of its crew were released by the pirates. It is not clear if the American men are still at sea or were taken to land.
The Nigerian military has ordered a search and rescue operation. Officials have refused to say whether the U.S. military is also involved.
U.S. defense officials say they are monitoring the situation, noting that the closest U.S. military contingent is a Marine Corps training unit in the Gulf of Guinea.