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Beyond Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Other Moles, Double Agents and Traitors
Posted November 29, 2011 to photo album "Beyond Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Other Moles, Double Agents and Traitors"
In TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDER, SPY, no one is what they appear, especially with a suspected Soviet mole at the very center of the Circus. But turncoats, traitors, moles, double agents, and sleeper cells are nothing new in the world of espionage.
Anna Chapman: The Cold War Gets Sultry
Anna Chapman; on cover of Russian Maxim
Just because the Cold War ended doesn’t mean that spying between the U.S. and Russia had to stop. In 2010, news about the FBI arresting 10 members of a sleeper cell of Russian agents felt ripped front the headlines of the 1970s. The figure of most fascination was the red-headed Anna Chapman, a sexy real-estate agent who traveled in high social circles before being entrapped by the FBI. Using secret Wi-Fi and old style tradecraft, the spies, who had burrowed into their assumed identities over ten years ago, were tasked with gathering all manner of information on the U.S. government by their Russian handlers. As FBI Counter Intelligence Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi told ABC News, “They wanted to get their hands on the most sensitive data they could get their hands on.” The only problem is none of them had government jobs or access to classified data. In the end, the spies gathered little real information, which is why they were charged with “conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government” –– rather than the more serious charge of espionage –– and were handed back to Russia in a prisoner swap. But the end result was more comedy that tragedy. Rather than be executed or sent to Siberia, Chapman and her fellow spies received celebrity status and medals from President Dmitri A. Medvedev back in Russia. Indeed, Chapman has become a fixture in Russian media, with TV host Andrei Malakhov exclaiming, “she is without exaggeration the woman of the year!” Back in the US, the FBI still worries about other sleeper cells or double agents. Agent Figliuzzi comments,” The public needs to know this threat continues…Spying has been with us since the Old Testament; spying is with us now.”