FBI releases trove of videos, documents on spy Anna Chapman

Anna Chapman, who was deported from the U.S. on charges of espionage, seen during the displaying of creation by Russian designer Ilia Shiyan at the Volvo Fashion Week Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.
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Anna Chapman, who was deported from the U.S. on charges of espionage, seen during the displaying of creation by Russian designer Ilia Shiyan at the Volvo Fashion Week Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.
Posted Oct. 31, 2011, at 5:43 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 31, 2011, at 7:58 p.m.

Anna Chapman, now a television star and sometime lingerie model in her native Russia, was the face of the biggest spy swap since the Cold War when she and nine others were arrested in June 2010. On Monday, the FBI released a trove of videos and documents about Chapman and others in response to a Freedom of Information request. In one, a woman in her late 20s with reddish hair and sporting big sunglasses walks into a New York City coffee shop, takes a seat and pulls out a laptop computer. She leans forward to talk to her companion and briefly flashes the smile that turned her into an international sensation. The tapes show Chapman shopping in Macy’s at Herald Square. Additional photos and video show other conspirators burying money in a weed patch, handing off documents or meeting at Columbus Circle. The agency said its investigation into Chapman and others working for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) went on for more than decade. The investigation was dubbed “Operation Ghost Stories.”

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