by the Left Coast Rebel
Almost forgot - there's a femme fatale angle on the Russian spy ring. NY Post has information on her:
Photos of the Russian spy Anna Chapman:
A ring of 11 Russian moles right out of a Cold War spy novel was smashed yesterday — and among those busted was a flame-haired, 007-worthy beauty who flitted from high-profile parties to top-secret meetings around Manhattan.
Russian national Anna Chapman — a 28-year-old divorcee with a masters in economics, an online real-estate business, a fancy Financial District apartment and a Victoria’s Secret body — had been passing information to a Russian government official every Wednesday since January, authorities charged.
When I read about Anna Chapman I wondered what kind of punishment she would face. Jeff Stein in WaPo reveals some facts on this:
No death penalty here. The three busted in Arlington, Va. were charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Two of the ten busted were also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Since we don't have a Glienicke bridge between east and west Berlin anymore, my guess is they will be quietly stuffed on an Aeroflot back to Moscow. The government got what it wanted with the publicity of this case.
Death penalties are applied to US citizens who commit treason, not foreign spies. . . If any of these are shipped back (after they're convicted) we'll only do it for something in return. Offhand I'm not aware of any CIA officer in a Russian jail.
Exit question - which James Bond international crime/espionage vixen does Anna Chapman remind you of? Hint - Rosie Carver of Live and Let Die is not a good answer....but this one would be.
UPDATED: Spies use Facebook? Via NYDailyNews, here's some picture of Anna Chapman from her Facebook page:
Fox News explains more:
A neighbor of Chapman's, who spoke to FoxNews.com on condition of anonymity, described her as a "nice girl" who kept to herself and had little interaction with the other residents on her floor.
Chapman, who provides few details about herself on her Facebook profile, posted a dozen photographs of herself along with several "wall postings" in Russian.
Some of her postings, however, are written in English, and offer a twist of irony in the alleged spy ring bust that the Russian government has angrily rejected as a return to the Cold War era .
"When you speak the truth, you don't have to remember it," Chapman wrote on her Facebook wall on January 19.
Oh yah, according to Facebook as well, she liked Tequila and...
The "interests" on Chapman's Facebook page include "Alma De Agave Tequila, New York Entrepreneur Week, Do It In Person, AMBAR, MostProperties.com and School of Academic and Professional Blogging." Her list of friends on the social network are people mostly in Russia and includes several Russian-based corporate and business executives.