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Ed Snowden and Mike Hayden: Happy, Together, in Formal Wear

Ed Snowden and Mike Hayden: Happy, Together, in Formal Wear

James Bamford just published a new profile of Edward Snowden in Wired. The portrait is sweeping and, occasionally, surreal. The journalist and NSA whistleblower share a pepperoni pizza ordered from room service. They listen to muzak, silently, while riding upwards in a Moscow hotel:

Snowden is about to say something as we enter the elevator, but at the last moment a woman jumps in so we silently listen to the bossa nova classic "Desafinado" as we ride to an upper floor.

But nothing beats the photograph of Snowden with former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden, apparently at a formal event, in 2011, included in Wired’s story. In December, Hayden said he was "drifting" toward calling Snowden a "traitor"; a few months before, he joked about putting Snowden on a government kill list. Three years ago, though, they were in tuxedos, and they were grinning.