ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: ALLEGED SPY RING'S FEMME FATALE CONJURES BOND GIRL IMAGE!
WHEN REAL LIFE IS STRANGER THAN FICTION . . .
A 28-year-old divorcee with a swanky New York address and Russian roots is emerging as a real-life Bond girl in what the FBI describes as a more than decade-long spy ring allied to Moscow.
Anna Chapman, who reportedly has a master's degree in economics and runs her own $2 million online real estate business, is one of 10 alleged Russian spies who appeared in federal court Monday. The FBI says she's part of a long-term, deep-cover espionage network trying to infiltrate U.S. policy-making circles and collect information for Moscow.
Her Facebook page's address contains the more Russian first name "Anya" instead of the Americanized "Anna" and is adorned with glamorous, suggestive self-portraits. Many of them are being republished today in the tabloids, with captions calling Chapman a "femme fatale" with a "Victoria's Secret body."
One of her status updates from January says, "When you speak the truth, you don't have to remember it." Another says, "My new Mac has been the buy of the year. ... Love it!"
That's likely the same Macintosh laptop referenced in an 18-page court document unsealed Monday, in which the FBI alleges that Chapman sat in a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and sent secret information to Russian agents in a van passing by outside, using a short-range wireless network.
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