NSA Leaker Is ‘Kinda Hot’ (but His Girlfriend Is Even Hotter)

Edward Snowden is the Internet heartthrob of the moment, but his ballerina girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, has a growing fan club as well

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Move over, Ryan Gosling: the Internet heartthrob of the moment is Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor who leaked documents about NSA’s secret phone-and-Internet-surveillance programs to the Guardian and the Washington Post. As of Tuesday, he hadn’t been charged with anything (yet) and was still believed to be hiding out in a Hong Kong hotel.

While his exact whereabouts may be unknown, Snowden’s face is everywhere on the Internet and featured in tributes like the Tumblr page Edward Snowden; Kinda Hot. As of Tuesday morning, however, the blog seemed to still be in its beginning stages, only highlighting two quotes and screenshots from his interview with the Guardian.

(MORE: Snowden Saga Turns Public Debate Into Personality Critique)

Throughout Tumblr, Snowden supporters are rooting for “Team Edward” via memes — even pink and gray T-shirt designs — a play on the fan club surrounding dreamy Twilight character Edward Cullen. Anonymous News Germany’s Tumblr thinks Snowden is presidential material, photoshopping the “Obama for America” logo to read “Snowden-Manning: Change We Can Believe In,” which alludes to another well-known leaker Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010.

On Twitter, users have been gushing about Snowden’s looks, rating them on a scale of “hot” to “superhot,” the Daily Beast reports:

(MORE: NSA Leak Supporters Push Obama to Pardon Snowden)

A petition on the White House’s We the People website urging President Obama to “pardon” Snowden — calling him a “national hero” — has racked up more than 48,000 signatures since it was created on June 9. Even former Texas Republican Representative Ron Paul has joined Snowden’s fan club. Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald and Snowden “have done a great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret,” Paul said in a statement on Monday.

In the Internet’s typically fickle fashion, now online gawkers have shifted from ogling Snowden to ogling his girlfriend Lindsay Mills, a ballerina whom he reportedly left behind when he fled to Hong Kong in May.

MORE: The Fates of the 10 Most Notorious Leakers

30 comments
OneTrueH00ha
OneTrueH00ha

If you ask me, OBWax is hotter than both of them put together #MissingChengiNow

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

The definition of "ballerina" seems to have changed. I don't recall any stripper poles at the Bolshoi.

EleanorRoosevelt
EleanorRoosevelt

@WilfTarquin She was a acrobatic dancer, taking classes and also performing with the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe.  There appears to be a variety of dance types, not sure if ballet was one of them.


coolbee
coolbee

Media destroy people s life but people who get destroyed are the one s who allowed those who are heartless to get o them.

coolbee
coolbee

When you are successful there will always be people trying to tear you down.Olivia is a very beautiful women and some journalist are making money out of people s reputation.

EleanorRoosevelt
EleanorRoosevelt

@coolbee Olivia is the writer of this article - and her picture at the end does indeed show she is beautiful.  Lindsey is/was Snowden's girlfriend.  Not sure what you are trying to say as you may have mixed up names. 

Observation101
Observation101 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Is it only me? but no one really cared that Someone in the Government gave up a CIA operation officer name - Valerie Plame? Is that pure treason? We should support our CIA not betray them? Seems like Snowden's girlfriend is more of a story!!?

joelp77440
joelp77440

Snowden is not hot, he is a dorky nerd. 

Destroyed
Destroyed

Whomever wrote this trash of an article should be sent straight to hell.

ChandraPanchabhikesan
ChandraPanchabhikesan

The Snowdon saga has highlighted the tricky nature of international relations.  The US has been dealt a cruel blow! Snowdon has stooped very low by divulging state secrets. 

Destroyed
Destroyed like.author.displayName 1 Like

Your stupidity is staggering. Wake up fool.

bobnoakridge
bobnoakridge like.author.displayName 1 Like

And here you have exactly what is wrong with this country.This POS is a traitor and yet all these morons are drooling of how "hot" he is.How pathetic.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

THIS IS NOT NEWS OR SERIOUS JOURNALISM.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd like.author.displayName 1 Like

"Olivia is a reporter at TIME. She graduated with honors from Columbia Journalism School and Hamilton College."

this is what honors journalism graduates write about? and people wonder why journalism is dying.  thank you TIME, for contributing to the death of worthwhile journalism in the never-ending quest to be cool and relevant and connect with a generation of young people that don't care about the news.  you're really going places.  this is just sad



Destroyed
Destroyed

She's not a journalist. This type of garbage is why America is a disgusting place to live.

Filth like this is why the educational system is a joke. Graduated with honors LOL

EyeKantSpeell
EyeKantSpeell like.author.displayName 1 Like

She's IS good looking....she won't be heartbroken for very long.

whiskerz310
whiskerz310

I'm sure Columbia Journalism School is proud of their alum! Instead of discussing the NSA's secret massive surveillance program, or even whether Snowden is a traitor or a hero, Ms. Waxman on behalf of TIME has reduced the discussion to the level of Cosmo. At least the authoritarian-worshipping screeds and hit-pieces debate the leak or at least the behavior of the leaker, instead of reporting on how people on twitter and tumbler feel about his appearance.

LeeMelly
LeeMelly like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

The traitor should be shot on sight!

kuei12
kuei12 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

@LeeMelly ...Right, telling you the truth is grounds for execution in the mind of a moron.

bobnoakridge
bobnoakridge

@kuei12 @LeeMelly No idiot divulging government secrets is.This doesn't fall under freedom of speech.This idiot went to a foreign country and gave up NSA information.I bet of this guy was a Muslim everyone defending him would be shouting from thew rooftops to hang him. Oh and FYI this isnt new.This "Spying" has been going on since Bush signed the executive order just after 9/11.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff like.author.displayName 1 Like

@kuei12 @LeeMelly No, breaking oaths of secrecy and revealing hidden secrets of perfectly legal data collection on the part of intelligence agencies is called treason.  Maybe you don't get that.

The ONLY people who are "up in arms" about this are people planning to do bad things to other people.  There is no other rational, reasonable or logical explanation that a thinking, reasoning human being could possibly have to object to this kind of monitoring.

Here's an observation, Einstein...  What the hell are YOU worried about?  If you were going to be picked up and "disappeared", it would have happened by now.  These programs have been going on for more than TWELVE YEARS under TWO diametrically politically opposed administrations.  If your life was going to be made public, they'd have done it.  But now that the programs aren't secret anymore, hey, they can reveal all to everyone.  Especially your lengthy calls to 800 IMAHOMO, or maybe 888KIDTALK.

Not only have the leftists leaped to the defense of these programs, but so have the rightists.  If not leftist or rightist where the hell are YOU in the political spectrum?  Moderate?  HA!  The only place you have left is extremist.  I suppose you just want to see mushroom clouds rising over what's left of American (and other country's) cities because you couldn't stand anyone EVER knowing who you called, when you called them, and for how long you talked (even if no one knows what the hell you talked about!).

There are morons all around us.  You exemplify the worst of them: The peeing-your-pants afraid of the dark, "don't touch my stuff but touch everyone else's stuff because it might hurt me" idiots who never bother thinking logically or critically that infest the human race.

Sell your brain on eBay.  It can be listed as "used - like new" since it only has about 2 or three feet on its odometer.

kuei12
kuei12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@DeweySayenoff @kuei12 @LeeMelly Here is where you are wrong Dewey. It is NOT perfectly legal to spy on americans, because the Patriot Act is completely illegal. The patriot act is in direct violation of the US Constitution. Maybe, you never had to read the US Constitution in 6th grade, like everyone else. Hell, I'll bet you never even made it to the 6th grade.

LeeMelly
LeeMelly

@kuei12 @LeeMelly Third graders who still call people names shouldn't be posting. Did you get Mommy's permission. How's that for tru

LeeMelly
LeeMelly

@cjh2nd @LeeMelly @kuei12 Did you get your attendant's permission? "Moron" is similar to stupid, idiot, jerk,....name calling. Traitor is not the equivalent.

By the way, it's "a generation of young people WHO don't care..."

cjh2nd
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@LeeMelly @kuei12  

you called the man a traitor. isn't that name calling? did you get mommy's permission before posting on here, mr. hypocritical third-grader?

DanBruce
DanBruce like.author.displayName 1 Like

Is this what is taught as journalism at Columbia now?  

JoeFayk
JoeFayk

@DanBruce Of course, lolz! The Swag-train waits for no one, not even Time magazine babez!! XD <3 

Oh-em-jee man, Time's gotta get with the times rofl, YOLO!

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