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Title: Escaped Spy Anna Chapman sparks a new patriotism in Russia
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on November 16, 2010, 09:49:17 PM
Anna Chapman's antics since being deported from the United States in July along with nine other Russian spies have by any standards been unusual for an employee of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

"No, you are not dreaming and your eyes do not deceive you. The red-haired spy has not only stripped off for Maxim but has broken her vow of silence, talking about men, flirting and plans for life," it gushed.

"Anna has done more to arouse patriotism in Russians than our football team and the Bulava missile put together," Maxim claimed.

The Other person investigated for spies have not caught the public's imagination in the same way.

activities listed in the criminal complaint:

Anna Chapman

    * First surveillance mentioned was in Manhattan in January 2010.
    * Communicated with a declared diplomat in the Russian mission to the United Nations on Wednesdays.
    * Knowingly accepted a fraudulent passport from an undercover FBI agent whom she believed to be a Russian diplomatic officer June 26, but turned it in to the police the next day shortly before her arrest.

Christopher Metsos

    * Claimed to originally be from Canada.
    * Acted as an intermediary between the Russian mission to the United Nations in New York and suspects Richard Murphy, Cynthia Murphy, Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills.
    * Traveled to and from Canada.
    * Met with Richard Murphy at least four times between February 2001 and April 2005 at a restaurant in New York.
    * Was first surveilled in 2001 in meetings with other suspects.
    * Left the United States on June 17 and was detained in Cyprus on June 29, but appears to have skipped bail.

Richard and Cynthia Murphy

    * Claimed to be married and to be U.S. citizens.
    * First surveilled by the FBI in 2001 during meetings with Mestos.
    * Also met with the third secretary in the Russian mission to the United Nations.
    * Communicated electronically with Moscow.
    * Richard Murphy’s safe-deposit box was searched in 2006 and agents found a birth certificate claiming he was born in Philadelphia; city officials claim there is no such birth certificate on record.
    * Engaged in electronic communications with Moscow.
    * Traveled to Moscow via Italy in February 2010.

Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley

    * Claimed to be married and to be natives of Canada who are naturalized U.S. citizens.
    * FBI searched a safe-deposit box listed under their names in January 2001.
    * FBI discovered that Donald Heathfield’s identity had been taken from a deceased child by the same name in Canada and found old photos of Foley taken with Soviet film.
    * Engaged in electronic communications with Moscow.
    * Tracey Foley traveled to Moscow via Paris in March 2010.

Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills

    * Claimed to be married and to be a U.S. citizen (Zottoli) and a Canadian citizen (Mills).
    * First surveilled in June 2004 during a meeting with Richard Murphy.
    * Engaged in electronic communications with Moscow.

Juan Lazaro and Vicky Pelaez

    * Claimed to be married and to be a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Peru (Pelaez) and a Peruvian citizen born in Uruguay (Lazaro).
    * First surveilled at a meeting in a public park in an unidentified South American country in January 2000.
    * Evidence against Vicky Pelaez was the first gathered on the 11 suspected operatives.
    * Lazaro appeared to communicate with a diplomat at the Russian Embassy in an unidentified South American country.
    * Engaged in electronic communications with Moscow.

Mikhail Semenko

    * First surveillance mentioned in the criminal complaint was in June 2010 in Washington.
    * Revealed to an undercover officer that he had received training and instruction from “the center” (a common term for the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR).
    * Accepted a payment of $5,000 and followed orders given by an undercover FBI agent posing as a Russian diplomatic officer to deliver the money to a drop site in Washington.

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Title: Russian spies used steganography to convey information
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on November 16, 2010, 09:54:49 PM
Moscow agents communicated with a ring of alleged spies in America by encoding instructions in otherwise innocent-looking images on public websites. It’s a process called steganography

Steganography is simultaneously one of the oldest methods for secret communications, and one of the more advanced. The process dates back to the fifth century B.C., when the Greek tyrant Histiaeus shaved the head of one of his servants, tattooed a message on his head, and waited for his hair to grow back before sending the messenger out. When the courier arrived, his head was shaved and the missive was read, giving information about upcoming Persian attacks. Later on, secret inks were used on couriers’ backs. Morse code messages were woven into a sweater that was worn by a courier.

As information went digital, steganography changed. Messages could be hidden in the 1s and 0s of electronic files — pictures, audio, video, executables, whatever. The hidden communications could even be slowly dribbled into the torrent of IP traffic. Compression schemes — like JPEG for images or MP3 for audio — introduce errors into the files, making a message even easier to hide. New colors or tones can be subtly added or removed, to cover up for the changes.

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Title: Russian President Medvedev wants to know who outed Anna Chapman
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on November 16, 2010, 09:57:12 PM
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for an investigation into how a Russian spy ring of sleeper agents hiding in the United States for years were busted by the FBI this summer.

Chapman and her fellow Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) spies made headlines after it was revealed that the agents had slipped into the United States to access American policy circles and suck up to political bigwigs in search of information on American foreign policy.

Medvedev’s comments added fuel to a growing controversy over a report from Kommersant, a Kremlin-linked Russian newspaper, that the SVR dropped the ball on rooting out a treasonous employee, a mysterious “Colonel Shcherbakov,” said to have tipped off American intelligence about the network of Russian sleeper agents in the country.

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Title: Re: Escaped Spy Anna Chapman sparks a new patriotism in Russia
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on November 17, 2010, 11:36:03 PM

Anna Chapman was born Anna Vasil’yevna Kushchyenko in Volgograd, and her father, Vasily Kushchenko, was  a senior KGB official, although this is unsubstantiated.
She attended an elite boarding school and earned a master's degree in economics from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow.

What did she do to become so notorious?

According to the Action against her, US vs Anna Chapman she was solicited by a undercover FBI agent to transfer a false passport and was operating as an agent of a foreign government without informing the attorney general.  She  used wireless networks at coffee shops. She was seen on 10 Wednesdays near a Russian official and perhaps attempting to communicate through a secondary network.

Pretty boring, this secret agent life.

What we don't know makes for a better story, the facts seem rather dreary.

Title: Re: Escaped Spy Anna Chapman sparks a new patriotism in Russia
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on November 17, 2010, 11:42:16 PM
The undercover video of Anna Chapman!

The spy comes in from the cold ...
The cover s unraveled...
The truth is revealed ...

The video is a  lot more interesting than the written complaint against Anna Chapman.

The photo session of Anna Chapmen exposes the real  Russian spy ...
Title: Turning inept spies into heroes
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on November 22, 2010, 08:05:12 PM
What did the alleged spies do except bungle communications and expose themselves?
The Moscow Times published an interesting analysis of the spy scandal.

"First, by dumping all the blame on the traitor, the authorities can save face. The 11 illegals were highly qualified and trained, we were told. They could have completed their assigned tasks in the United States were it not for the traitor who betrayed Russia and gave them away to U.S. authorities. The spy fiasco was flipped on its head and spun as a huge success: The agents “penetrated” U.S. society and duped the naive Americans for more than 10 years. In this way, the Kremlin and media can assure the majority of Russians that the country is still a superpower whose intelligence services are just as good, if not better than, its arch-rival, the CIA. That is why Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sang patriotic songs with the 10 agents sent back to Russia and why President Dmitry Medvedev gave them medals for outstanding service to the motherland.

Of course, the real state of affairs within the Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, is much different. The SVR is the only branch within the country’s intelligence operations that was never revamped. When the division broke off from the main intelligence service in the early 1990s, this was the start and end of its “reforms.” As a result, the traditional Soviet intelligence methods, which were first developed in the first half of the 20th century and are still largely employed today, never underwent any critical review. " (

It seems that Russian government was embarrassed by the exposure of the agents, but should be more embarrassed that they really were inept at gathering any information and even communicating it.

Unlikely heroes. Photo Annay Chapman posing on Zhara.
Title: Which Colonel created Anna Chapman?
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on November 22, 2010, 09:14:50 PM
Colonel Shcherbakov or Colonel Poteyev?

Last week we heard that a mysterious Colonel Shcherbakov, said to have been a SVR official secretly working for and fled to the United States, exposed the Russian agents.  
Russian officials now tell  that Shcherbakov was a  traitor who defected  early to out Anna and her comrades.

Now in the Russian press is another colonel,  Colonel Alexander Poteyev,  under investigation for treason.

Allegedly, he was born in  Belarus and fought in Afghanistan with the elite “Zenith”  Soviet special forces.

He’s said to have run SVR “illegals” — that is, agents without the protection of diplomatic cover —in New York in the 1990s and became a US agent before going back to Russia.

And like Colonel Shcherbakov , Colonel Poteyev recently fled to the U.S.

So the plot thickens. And speculation is still more interesting than the reality.

Who do we thank for exposing Anna Chapman?
Title: SVR getting reshuffled after spy flap
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on December 01, 2010, 05:58:04 PM
Russia's foreign intelligence service, the SVR, is holding a minor staff reshuffle following the recent Russian - U.S. spy scandal, SVR Director Mikhail Fradkov said.  "Those who do not meet modern requirements are of course asked to leave quietly."

 10 alleged Russian spies were arrested in the United States and were freed in a swap deal between the two countries.

Russian media reported that a man known only as Col. Shcherbakov, who was the chief of an SVR department handling all intelligence sources in the United States, was to blame for the exposure of the Russian intelligence officers working under assumed identities.

Whether the outing was the result of a traitor within the SVR or the ineptitude of the agents who exposed themselves through archaic techniques is probably not important. In the end the agents found out little and compromised nothing.

When compared to the wikileaks scandal and the huge number of classified documents released, the Russian-American spy scandal is of no consequence. It is simply an embarrassment to the Russian SVR.
Title: Is Katia the new Anna Chapman ?
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on December 07, 2010, 02:00:11 AM
British lawmaker aide is held as Russian agent

British intelligence service MI5 determined that Katia Zatuliveter, 25, was a Russian sleeper agent. But Mike Hancock, the member of Parliament she worked for, Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock, denied on Sunday that she is a spy.

Hancock said that Zatuliveter was detained Thursday, although the arrest did not become public until Sunday.
Zatuliveter has been working for Hancock for more than two years and was "vetted and cleared to have a parliamentary pass," the lawmaker said.

"It is difficult to understand the reasons for all this. She has been an excellent and conscientious employee," Hancock said in a statement, wishing her well.

And in Russia: "We are checking right now whether she is a Russian citizen," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday, according to Russian news agencies."

Move over Anna, Katia is in the spotlight ...

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Title: Larry King Interviews Vladimir Putin abut Russian Agents
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on December 09, 2010, 01:24:57 AM
Interview With Russian Prime Minister Putin
December 1, 2010

KING: This is puzzling. Ten Russian sleeper agents were arrested in the United States earlier this year. Then sent back to Russia in a spy swap. You met with them after their deportation. What was your impression? I mean, you were very involved with the KGB. What was this all about? What did they tell you?

PUTIN Well, basically, as regards to strictly business, we had a word. But, yes, we talked to different topics with them.

What can I tell you now?

These are the people who naturally deserve respect.

As I said it before, I can repeat it again, with activities, they didn't cause any harm to the interests of the United States of America.

As you know, they belonged to a special service -- a clandestine service with their own tests to tackle. These tests, as a rule, become pertinent in the crisis periods, like when the diplomatic relations would have been suspended or cut. Thank god such a status of affairs we have not witnessed in the relations between Russia and the U.S. today. And I hope it will never occur in our relations in the future.

KING: So they do know what you would call spying under your direction?

PUTIN They had their own tasks to address. They are involved in the clandestine activities, the main purpose of which is to be actively involved during the crisis times and when the diplomatic ties are suspended, when other means of intelligence service are not efficient or sometimes are not possible.

These folks, once again, did not cause any harm to the interests of the United States of America.

Having said that, any country, including the United States of America, is engaged in intelligence gathering. Nobody doubts that. And incidentally, the activities of our services -- of secret services that our compared to the U.S. services, looking much better, thanks God. Neither these agents, or others, were seen as organizing clandestine prisons or hostage taking or torturing people.

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Title: Anna Chapman motivates the Young Guards
Post by: Admiral_Kolchak on December 27, 2010, 09:07:26 PM
Spy Anna Chapman Tapped to Work for Young Guards

Chapman, a spy expelled from the United States, delivers a speech at the Young Guards congress in Moscow on Thursday.
But the pro-Kremlin youth group was all business, making high-powered appointments that appeared aimed at stemming Kremlin worries that nationalist violence might overshadow State Duma elections next year and the presidential vote in early 2012.

It remained unclear, however, how Chapman — who was deported from the United States in a spy swap in July and has posed half-naked for men’s magazines — and her appointment Wednesday as a senior Young Guard member would help the group fight rising nationalism among the country’s disenchanted and bitter youth.

“If we want to change our future, we have to begin to change ourselves,” Chapman said in a short and uninspiring speech delivered to a sea of cell phone cameras after she was named a member of the group’s public council.

Chapman was not the only attraction to capture the eye of the 2,000 people who gathered at the event. Marussia, Russia’s first high-end racing car, was also on display.

28-year-old Chapman hurried off the stage after her speech, refusing to talk to reporters or explain what her duties in Young Guard would entail.

Chapman, who was returned to Russia last summer with nine other sleeper agents betrayed by a mole, now works as an adviser to the president of FondServiceBank, or FSB. She also posed in negligee for the Maxim and Zhara (Heat) magazines this fall. Nothing is known on her experience with youth policy management.

“Anna Chapman is an example of unconditional patriotism,” Tatarinov said Wednesday, Young Guard’s web site reported.

Meanwhile, a senior Young Guard member told The St. Petersburg Times that Chapman might actually be seeking a ticket to the Duma in next year’s elections. “After this mission is achieved, she will leave [Young Guard],” the member said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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Title: Anna Chapman brand created from nothng, or from wearing almost nothing!
Post by: Sennaya on February 06, 2011, 03:35:45 AM
The whole Anna Chapman thing, the spy who did nothing,  has devolved into the world of what we want to imagine. Congratulations, the Chapman brand is launched from almost nothing. Or from wearing almost nothing!