Hollywood starlets including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande, and Kirsten Dunst were among those targeted in a massive nude photo leak that is now being investigated by the FBI. That’s right – with all that is going on the world today, the FBI is devoting its attention to protecting the privacy of Tinseltown’s finest.
“May I ask the question: Why do you need nude photos of yourself. I mean, I know I don't need nude photos of me… God doesn't need those,” Glenn joked on radio this morning. “Question number 2: Out of all of the things the FBI leaps into action on, it's the Hollywood celebrities and their nude photos that have been taken probably by Jeffy?”
Hackers have apparently obtained compromising photos of some 100 celebrtieis, and the initial ‘leak’ of images began appearing on sites like 4chan, Reddit, Twitter, and Tumblr on Sunday. An unnamed official told CNN victims of the hack “have engaged with the FBI,” though an FBI spokeswoman was much less forthcoming.
"The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Monday. "Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."
Furthermore, Apple is also looking into the case to determine if the hack was the result of a security flaw in its iCloud storage system.
"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said.
When you consider the scope of NSA surveillance techniques and the types of security breaches banks and major retailers face regularly, one has to wonder who actually thinks there is any expectation of privacy online anymore.
“I got news for you: Anyone who is taking nude photos [is] dumb as a box of rocks,” Glenn said. “If you think this is the end, the word for the future is transparency. There will be no secrets… We think we have privacy, but we don't really have privacy. You won't have privacy in the future. If you are online, it will come out.”
As Glenn explained, there will be an attempt to regulate morality in this particular instance because of the profile of those involved in the scandal.
“Let's not even tie it into politics. Let's do what is called ‘optics.’ That's what this Administration is concerned with… What does it look like? If the FBI would go boots on the ground to find out about privacy violations with anybody else, nobody cares… But this story – Jennifer Lawrence – they care,” Glenn said. “Here's why they're doing it: They're doing is because they're seen doing something to protect Jennifer Lawrence. They're seen as righting the wrongs of poor Jennifer Lawrence.”
If the FBI was truly concerned about violations of privacy, the IRS would be under investigation for the targeting of certain groups. But unlike Lawrence and her fellow Hollywood ‘it’ girls, regular, everyday Americans being targeted is just not as newsworthy.
“You want to talk about violation? How about the violation of privacy and everything else that the FBI should be investigating with independent counsel right now,” Glenn explained. “They should be looking into the IRS. [But] they're not going to do anything. And it has nothing to do with, ‘Well, they're getting their enemies’… That's one reason. The other reason is they can get away with it. Nobody cares. Jennifer Lawrence, everybody cares. She's the 'Hunger Games' girl.”
“You're totally right and that's a societal issue,” Stu concluded. “I mean, this weekend we saw one of our own embassies overrun by terrorists [in Libya] partying in the swimming pool as we've been mocked for how long about Benghazi and the things that went on over there.”