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Mitt Romney claims a foreign government was reading his emails

That tidbit comes from Mark Leibovich's enthralling profile of the former Massachusetts governor and twice failed presidential candidate, who is now navigating a somber post-politics existence.

Romney told me that during the campaign, the F.B.I. informed him that a foreign government — he wouldn't say which — was reading his emails. This was another reminder that there could be no safe zone, no such thing as an unplugged candidate. "The era of spontaneity in politics is over," he declared, as I immediately wondered when it had started. [The New York Times]

As a whole, the profile gives the impression that for all the hype, Romney is not really thinking about running for president again. (He says the pressure from an army of consultants "drives me nuts.")

Read the whole profile here.