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Playboy Profiles James O'Keefe

Conservative guerrilla activist James O’Keefe—the 26 year old responsible for video stings against ACORN and NPR—has opened up to Playboy about himself, giving the magazine a rare look inside his tight, secretive circle. While his own quotes are mostly the sort of pretentious blather you’d expect (“I have nearly infinite faith in the power of free people”), the piece’s author uncovered quite a few interesting tidbits. For example, O’Keefe’s high-school friends say he was incredibly shy, but was amazing on-stage in school plays. One of his teachers provided a sample of his antiwar poetry, calling him “introspective,” and said she was shocked by his activism. O’Keefe is supposedly working quietly on a less-controversial makeover, but won’t say what his next projects are.

April 18, 2011 3:09 PM