Not the quiet car! Ex-NSA chief spills secrets while riding Amtrak?

Olivier Knox
Chief Washington Correspondent
In this Sunday, June 30, 2013, photo provided by CBS News former CIA and and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden speaks on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington. Hayden called for more transparency on secret US surveillance program to reassure Americans that their privacy rights are being protected. He said people would be more comfortable with the programs if they knew more about how and why they are carried out. Hayden defended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, that approves government requests together records. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

Oh, the things you hear on Amtrak's Acela service! Screaming kids, complaints about Wi-Fi and — oh yeah — a former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA seemingly spilling secrets to reporters.

We learn this from the Twitter feed of Tom Matzzie, former Washington director of Political Action, who sat near retired Gen. Michael Hayden. Matzzie's tweets suggest that Hayden took calls from reporters digging into the ongoing NSA spy scandal and asking about President Barack Obama's BlackBerry and CIA secret prisons overseas.

Hayden apparently insisted on being quoted anonymously.

"FAIL," as they say.

 Here is Matzzie's story, as tweeted from Amtrak Acela 2170, which left Washington at 3 p.m.: