Russian Spy Chapman Given a Lion Cub in First TV Interview Since Expulsion
Accused Russian spy Anna Chapman, expelled from the U.S. in July, called New York a “fabulous” city and said she’ll never admit to working in intelligence as she gave her first television interview last night.
Red-haired Chapman, the most visible of the 10 members of an alleged sleeper spy ring, told viewers of the talk show “Let Them Speak” on state-owned Channel One to “keep watching television” for the “secrets” she plans to reveal next year.
Chapman received a lion cub as a present from host Andrei Malakhov after saying she wanted one as a pet. She said she turned down an offer to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s show and chose to give her first interview on Russian television to “support the domestic producer.”
The 28-year-old Russian, whose naked photographs were published in Playboy’s U.S. edition this month, was elected last week as an official of Molodaya Gvardiya, or Young Guard, the youth wing of the United Russia party headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. She has been working since October as an adviser to Moscow-based Fondservisbank, which invests in aerospace and high-technology industries.
Chapman was part of what the U.S. Justice Department called a “deep-cover” spy ring, some of whom had posed as ordinary Americans for more than a decade. The 10 suspects were deported and swapped for four people convicted of spying in Russia after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to serve as unregistered foreign agents on July 8 in U.S. federal court in Manhattan.
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