Edward Snowden is a polarizing figure, and yet for all that has been said about the man responsible for the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history, it took an artist to show him in a brave new light. Thanks to the work of visual artist Jeff Rosin, we can finally see what Snowden would look like with long hair.

Wow.

This powerful image has Snowden standing alone, his eyes, framed by his now-famous rimless glasses, set in concentration, and, for the first time, flowing locks that stretch down well past his shoulders. Suddenly, we can envision how he would have felt resolutely brushing his bangs to the side as he prepared to leak the largest trove of government documents ever released.

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Is he a hero or a traitor? Either way, as far as this picture is concerned, he has long hair. The proof is right in front of our eyes, and it’s undeniable.

We all have our opinions about Edward Snowden. Regardless of where you stand, though, you have to admit that the long hair is absolutely breathtaking.