I cannot find a Facebook account. There are more than 100 people on Facebook named Lindsay Mills, though none in Hawaii, and none of the ones I looked at appear to be her. I also couldn’t find her on LinkedIn, even when I searched for Pole Dancing.
Google Street View has a picture of the house she shared with Snowden, and directions on how to get there.
Her Instagram account is private, but she’s got Flickr and Twicsy accounts loaded with images of herself in various states of undress – though again, no nudes. (One of the images is Lindsay wearing nothing but a black hat pulled low over her face and black underwear, with her fingers in the shape of a gun strategically placed in front of her otherwise bare chest. The title: “Superspy.”)
A number of Web sites have created slide shows of sexy photos culled from her various accounts. Gee, what a surprise.
As a performer, Mills might welcome all of this public attention. She might even ride this 15 nanoseconds of fame into a career. But I suspect not. And if she wanted to suddenly disappear from view, she might be able to do that in the real world – but she won’t be able to do that on the Internet.
Even if she removed every single thing she’s ever posted, her pics have now spread across the Web. She will quite likely never get them back. And unless she becomes famous for other reasons, she will always be known as the pole dancing ex-girlfriend of the whistleblower spy.
Something to think about before you decide to post those racy Instagrams and/or date someone who works for the NSA.
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