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Listening in: Ex-NSA chief gets live-tweeted

After supporting heavy government surveillance by the federal administration, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden found out how eavesdropping feels when his conversation was live tweeted Thursday afternoon, MSNBC reported.

Liberal activist and Huffington Post contributor Tom Matzzie was sitting near Hayden on an Amtrak Acela train and MSNBC said Matzzie heard the former chief trying to give an anonymous phone interview to a reporter.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden

(Read more: EU slams 'out of control' US as spy charges deepen)

One of Matzzie's tweets posted on MSNBC stated that Hayden attempted to disguise his critical comments about the Obama administration by saying: "Remember, just refer as former senior admin."

(Read more: How to avoid a corporate Twitter disaster)

To read MSNBC's full story, click here.

—By Evelyn Cheng, special to CNBC.com

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