The Cubing Spy

Well, Mr. Snowden just can’t stay out of the headlines — and probably doesn’t care to — what with his (not-so-)clandestine flight to Moscow, his newfound alliance with Wikileaks, etc. Dude’s in a mess of trouble.

I couldn’t help but snicker when I read the opening lines in this NY Times article last week:

WASHINGTON — The source had instructed his media contacts to come to Hong Kong, visit a particular out-of-the-way corner of a certain hotel, and ask — loudly — for directions to another part of the hotel. If all seemed well, the source would walk past holding a Rubik’s Cube. They followed the directions. A man with a Rubik’s Cube appeared. It was Edward J. Snowden....

cuber-vs-cuber

(image composited by Adventures in Cubing)

Just one issue: Seems like this self-proclaimed hero du jour didn’t realize that no one over 16 has played with a Rubik’s cube in public since about 1982. (Even our esteemed cubing competitions take place behind closed doors — or, with World in Vegas this year, at least away from anyone who would notice or care.)

Like Manning before him, Snowden seems better at stealing secrets than counter-intelligence. Even our bad spies are no good!?!

NYT Mag on the Cube, Feliks

Just found this while flipping through today’s NYT mag, which is also available online:

NYT Mag 2012-02-12

I do suppose I’m a part of the “recent resurgence … led by an interest in speedcubing and the desire of some Gen X parents to share a toy of their youth with their kids.”  Gotta love Feliks’ comment on practice: “Q: How do you practice? A: I don’t really do much because it’s not really that difficult to maintain my speed, I guess.  So I just solve it casually.”