Edward Snowden's re-emergence in a Moscow airport on Friday gave journalists a lot of new information about the NSA leaker's plans for asylum, and his hopes for the future. But it also gave them something they had been begging for for weeks: a new picture of Snowden.
News outlets everywhere have been restricted to using the same one or two images of Snowden that are publicly available. A look at a Snowden-devoted page on The Huffington Post shows how little variety there was:
It became a recurring theme from reporters on Twitter:
more than anything about Edward Snowden, I want him to send us a new picture to use.
— Tim Donnelly (@timdonnelly) June 28, 2013
Can someone please take a new picture of Edward Snowden
— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) July 1, 2013
The Onion even got on the act, posting a video titled, "Nation Demands New Photograph Of Edward Snowden":
When Human Rights Watch released a new (though rather grainy) photograph of Snowden, then, journalists rejoiced:
WE'VE GOT A NEW PIC OF SNOWDEN! http://t.co/sXoheStLmk
— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) July 12, 2013
— Hannah Meisel (@hannahmeisel) July 12, 2013
RED ALERT RED ALERT NEW SNOWDEN PICTURE http://t.co/9E7lfbCRha
— Philip Bump (@pbump) July 12, 2013
There were also new pictures of the incredibly intense media presence inside the airport: