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Last Night on Late Night

Former CIA director denies government is spying on people with TVs

He laughed off WikiLeaks’ claims.

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Luckily for Stephen Colbert, Americans don’t have to turn their TVs off.

On Tuesday night’s Late Show, Colbert welcomed former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden. It was a perfect night to have the guest, considering the recent WikiLeaks document dump that suggests the CIA may have hacked Samsung televisions to spy on U.S. consumers.

Laughing when asked about it, Hayden denied the claims. “I can tell you that these tools would not be used against an American,” he said.

Colbert continued to press, asking why these measures wouldn’t be used against the country’s citizens.

“There are some bad people in the world who have Samsung TVs too,” retorted Hayden. “There are people out there that you want us to spy on. You want us to have the ability to actually turn on that listening device inside the TV to learn that person’s intentions.”

Watch the clip above.

The Late Show airs weeknights on CBS at 11:35 p.m. ET.