I haven't been followoing the story of Katrina Leung, the GOP activist and FBI informant who was recently indicted on charges of being a double agent for China, very closely. But as I've skimmed the various stories -- mostly from online versions of print publications -- one thing has struck me: not one of the stories about this case of espionage, sex, and intrigue has seen fit to run her photo.
Leave it to Auntie Beeb to satisfy my curiosity about just what this chick looks like:
(In researching this post, I discover that CNN has run her picture several times.)
I honestly don't know what to make of this. I think it's a reasonable curiosity in a case of seduction and intrigue to wonder about the physical charms of the parties involved. I also notice, of course, that no one seems to have pictured the FBI agents said to be Leung's lovers. The WaPo story notes that Leung is married by quoting a statement by her husband in her defense, but makes no mention of the agents' status (once again, CNN comes thru: at least one of them was...).
Now, with all due respect to Ms. Leung, she's hardly a Lucy Liu or an Angela Sora. I have a ticklish feeling that the news sources may have declined to run her photo in order to encourage the archetypal image of the Asian temptress -- think Miss Scarlet on the cover of the '70s editions of the board game Clue -- an image that the media (and admittedly, this very site) seems to be heavily invested in promoting, Leung's photo may have dispelled. I couldn't begin to divine with their motivations actually were -- it could all be coincidence, after all -- but given that a mug shot is a standard feature of many news stories, and an AP file photo is obviously available, the lack of one in Leung's case was conspicuous.