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Edward Snowden Gets His Own Action Figure (VIDEO)

Published: February 20, 2014 (Issue # 1798)



  • The new Edward Snowden action figure is being offered with a range of outfits.
    Photo: ThatsMyFace.com

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has been hailed as a hero by many for disclosing details of mass surveillance programs conducted by the US government. Now he’s joined the ranks of fictional superheroes with the release of an action figure in his likeness.

The Oregon-based company ThatsMyFace.com this week announced that it is selling 12-inch (30-centimeter) action figures mounted with Snowden’s lifelike head and will donate the proceeds to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an American NGO established in 2012 to promote free speech and support whistleblowing journalism.

Related: Putin Shearing Wool From the Snowden Pig

Snowden was named to the board of the organization last month.

The company is selling the made-to-order figurine for $99, though for $60 customers can purchase just the Snowden head, which can then be attached to the buyer’s own action figure body.

Snowden, 30, fled the United States last year after leaking troves of documents related to US surveillance programs to the media, and he has been living in Russia since last summer after receiving temporary asylum there.

Related: Snowden Hired by a Major Russian Website

Russia has repeatedly denied US requests to expel Snowden to the United States, where he faces charges of espionage and theft of government property. US authorities have rejected claims that Snowden is a whistleblower, insisting that he committed crimes and should face a trial at home.

ThatsMyFace.com is offering a range of outfits for the Snowden figurine, including one modeled on swashbuckling fictional archeologist Indiana Jones of the Hollywood movie franchise, complete with a bullwhip and gun.

The company has issued a promotional video for the Snowden figurine that features an action figure in the likeness of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose whistleblowing website became an enemy of the US government in 2010 when it leaked hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.





 


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Tuesday, Oct. 21


The Environment, Health and Safety Committee of AmCham convenes this morning at 9 a.m. in the organization’s office.


Take the opportunity to pick the brains of Dmitry V. Krivenok, the deputy director of the Economic Development Agency of the Leningrad region, and Mikhail D. Sergeev, the head of the Investment Projects Department, during the meeting with them this morning hosted by SPIBA. RSVP for the event by emailing office@spiba.ru before Oct. 17 if you wish to attend.


Improve your English at Interactive English, the British Book Center’s series of lessons on vocabulary and grammar in an informal atmosphere. Starting at 6 p.m., each month draws attention to different topics in English, with the topic for this month’s lessons being “visual arts.”



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