But did he really do the bad thing? On the one hand, Spiegel is, it seems, kind of a wanker. His douche-y frat emails show he’s kind of a classic crass bro, having once encouraged fellow gentlemen of his esteemed collegiate society to “have some girl put your large kappa sigma dick down her throat.” Additionally, he’s exactly the kind of spoiled rich kid who might say something so dim.


On the other hand, something as cartoonishly horrible, self-destructive, and downright dumb as saying Snapchat is “only for rich people” is, I’d like to think, a little hard to believe? It doesn’t even make sense—you don’t really have to be “rich” to take a disappearing photo of your dick or your unimpressive brunch (though what he could have meant is, only rich people are valuable for advertising).

We may never know the truth—after all, even if it’s true, it’s not like Spiegel would admit it, unless Pompliano had other evidence. Asked for comment, Snapchat told Gizmodo that the allegation was “ridiculous,” and that “Obviously Snapchat is for everyone. It’s available worldwide to download for free.”


So the riddle remains unsolved. I simply do not know who to believe. Instead of ending on this unsatisfying epistemological conundrum, I leave you with this excerpt from a 2013 LA Weekly profile of Spiegel:

The family enjoyed a $2 million house in Pacific Palisades, undertaking a $1 million remodel in 2000. They had five luxury cars, including three Lexuses and a restored 1966 Mustang, and memberships in the Riviera Club, the California Club, the Jonathan Club and the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. They took regular trips to Europe, the Bahamas and Maui, staying in Four Seasons resorts. Young Evan enjoyed Jet Skiing and wakeboarding. On one occasion, he and his father went snowboarding by helicopter in Canada, court records show. Evan and his two younger sisters attended Crossroads, the private prep school in Santa Monica, and were assisted by tutors, some of whom charged up to $250 an hour.


When young Evan learned to drive, he was given the use of a new 2006 Cadillac Escalade. The school did not allow him to park it on campus. But fortunately for Evan, Southern California Edison had a property next door. His father called in a favor with his longtime client, and Evan got to park in the gated Edison lot. (John Spiegel did not respond to requests for comment.)


Haha, cool.