Following Edward Snowden Modeling Pics Leak, BlackBook Uncovers 5 Other Political Figures’ Modeling Pasts

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Yesterday photos leaked that showed controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden’s modeling past. We would never have guessed such an influential political figure made such a cute (albeit twinkish) male model, so we did some digging and uncovered some other men in politics that have had surprising (and sexy) secret modeling pasts.


Vladimir Putin for Versace 

Vladimir Putin


Anderson Cooper for Vivienne Westwood

Anderson Cooper


Mitt Romney for Calvin Klein

Mitt Romney


Joe Biden for Polo Ralph Lauren

Joe Biden


Thomas Jefferson for Versace

Thomas Jefferson

All artwork by Alexander Cavaluzzo

Edward Snowden Speaks at SXSW

One of the big acts headlining SXSW this year is Edward Snowden. This is the equivalent of having the security-leaker Beatles on the bill; Snowden is the rock star of disclosing NSA documents on spying.

Snowden was part of the Interactive Festival in a panel with Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, and his legal adviser, the ACLU’s Ben Wizner.

In true Snowden fashion, he didn’t appear live but was beamed in for the rare public talk via teleconference from Russia. The infamous/fugitive NSA leaker urged the tech conference crowd to help “fix” the U.S. government’s surveillance of its citizens. South by Southwest was the first time Snowden directly addressed people in the United States since he fled the country with thousands of secret documents last June that showed the extent of the intelligence agency’s monitoring of American phones and Internet.

He appeared on video screens with a copy of the U.S. Constitution as a backdrop. The live stream was slow, repeatedly freezing Snowden’s image onscreen. (Was it because the NSA was watching too?)

“Would I do it again? Absolutely,” said Snowden in response to questions about any regrets in deciding to leak the NSA documents. “Regardless of what happens to me, this is something we had a right to,” he said.

More Quotes From Snowden:

“I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. And I saw the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale. South by Southwest and the tech community, the people in the room in Austin, they’re the folks who can fix this,” Snowden said. “There’s a political response that needs to occur, but there’s also a tech response that needs to occur.”

Watch the video here:

The NSA Has An App For You

Oh where have you gone Edward Snowden; a nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you.

The boulder that got rolling back in June, by NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden – is rolling faster down the mountain. It’s a given that the NSA mined American’s social media and emails. We’ve grown to accept this and realize that free email and free social networks come with a price. Fine. 

Now,a latest disclosure will make you pull the covers over your head at night: The NSA tried to track Americans’ cellphone locations:

NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander told Congress on Wednesday that his spy agency ran tests in 2010 and 2011 to see if it was technically possible to gather U.S. cell-site data, which can show where a cellphone user traveled. The information was never used, Alexander said, and the testing was reported to congressional intelligence committees. Now, top U.S. intelligence officials are revealing more about their spying in an effort to defend the National Security Agency from charges that it has invaded the privacy of Americans on a mass scale.

That’s right, the NSA has now turned into a public spying version of Grindr!


-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated: "“On occasion, we’ve made mistakes, some quite significant. … Whenever we found such mistakes, we’ve reported, addressed and corrected them.” To paraphrase Clapper’s statement, he simply said, "Whoops!" 

-In 2012, NSA chief Keith Alexander told Congress that his agency doesn’t even have the ability to collect data on Americans. Why do we get more outraged when Anthony Weiner lied about his Twitter pics? 

-The FBI’s top priority for 2013 is to increase their online surveillance authority. According to the feds, the limitations on their surveillance powers may now pose a “threat to public safety.”

-NSA not only spied on the public, but it also broke the rules to read their wives’/lovers’/partners’e-mails and other communications. This was done so much that they even gave it a cute  often nickname — LOVEINT. Essentially they let NSA employees be online stalkers. 

-After the Snowden leaks, James clapper sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, apologizing for his “clearly erroneous” testimony, because he “simply didn’t think” of a major provision of the Patriot Act. Previously, he testified that the NSA does “not wittingly” collect data on Americans.

Eating Pizza With Edward Snowden

Across every U.S.-based website with even the thinnest premise of news coverage, we are seeing a hectic spray of stories relating in one way or another to Edward J. Snowden, the National Security Administration contractor on the run from the Obama administration in the wake of his cheeky surveillance document leakage. Why wasn’t he on the plane from Moscow to Havana? Where will he find safe haven, if ever? What kind of pizza is he eating?

No, really—what’s the pizza situation? The New York Times reported, in a headline, no less, that Snowden’s hasty exit from Southeast Asia “Started With Pizza Inside a Hong Kong Hideout.” The article goes on to elaborate that Snowden, stashed away in the apartment of a supporter, fretted about future computer access while eating a dinner of a “large pizza, fried chicken and sausages, washed down with Pepsi.”
I know everyone’s hung up on the government spying on citizens and general global paranoia (Snowden told people to put their cell phones in the refrigerator to prevent traces, which, what, was this fridge the 1950s lead-coated kind?)—still, I’m kind of more interested in this meal. Does he already have some endorsement deal with Pepsi? Pizza and fried chicken and sausages? Was it not just pizza with those toppings? Can you even get good pizza in Hong Kong? Did he order from Pizza Hut rather than Domino’s, knowing of the latter’s archconservative agenda? Journalists are never asking the tasty questions.
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