FBI director says Twitter's like a bar where everyone's 'screaming at the television'

FBI Director James Comey admitted on Monday that, yeah, he’s on Twitter. And, like perhaps every person who has ever used the app, he thinks it’s both “wonderful” and “depressing.”

“Sometimes it feels like I’m all of a sudden immediately in every dive bar in America, where I can hear everybody screaming at the television set,” Comey said at the Anti-Defamation League conference on Monday.  

Even so, he does scroll through some tweets.

“I am not a tweeter,” Comey said. “I am there to listen, to read especially what’s being said about the FBI and its mission. And sometime’s it’s a wonderful place and sometimes it’s a depressing place.”

Comey started his little Twitter spiel by saying that his audience may have read that he uses the site. If anyone in the crowd was aware, that’s likely because of some A+ sleuthing by Gizmodo’s Ashley Feinberg. In an article published on March 30, Feinberg directed readers to a Twitter account, @projectexile7, which seemed very much to be the Twitter home of the FBI director

Though Comey didn’t mention that account by name, that’s about as much confirmation as you can hope for from the head of one of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the United States — a man who also, apparently, has really great taste in dive bars. 

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