Forget sex and spooks, virtual spies are bigger threat
Edward Snowden has shown that in the digital world there is no such thing as privacy, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
THE media loves spies, but even more, it loves spies to have interesting sex lives. The allegation by Edward Snowden that intelligence agencies have access to our private data has caused much angst, but that he has abandoned a hot girlfriend has added spice to the story.
Of course we should care that the US National Security Agency is engaged in mass electronic espionage, but people like images, and you can't photograph a clandestine surveillance programme. So instead the media and the internet are awash with innumerable photographs of Lindsay Mills posing in a variety of revealing costumes. A modest girl, although she often wears only her knickers, she always finds a way of covering her breasts: a book, ice-cream cones, a knitted tortoise. Whatever is to hand.
She's shared her pain as well as her body with us. After her missing partner had turned up in Hong Kong telling all to the world media, she confided to her blog: 'Adventures of a world-travelling, pole-dancing superhero', that she was, "sick, exhausted, and carrying the weight of the world" and might, "be invoking radio silence yet again. I'll keep you posted, or I won't. Superheroes need an air of mystery!"