Apparently, everything we imagined about spies is true. Federal officials busted 11 undercover Russian spies yesterday in what is being called just the "tip of the iceberg" in a massive undercover espionage ring. But one spy in particular is causing a lot of attention -- the absolutely gorgeous 28-year-old Anna Chapman of New York City.
Yes, this is what a real spy looks like. Which makes me wonder how many other things in James Bond movies are real. See more of her provocative photos below.
Too bad the green-eyed beauty probably won't look this good after she goes to jail. The charges she faces -- failing to declare herself as an intelligence agent to the U.S. Attorney -- carries a maximum five-year jail sentence.
Apparently, a country is allowed to have legal spies in another country as long as the government is aware of them.
Some facts about Chapman:
She lives in a swanky apartment in the Financial District.
She runs a $2 million online real estate business.
She has a master's degree in economics.
She loves posting sexy pictures of herself on Facebook.
Chapman was arrested after sending secret information to a handler via a computer while sitting in a New York City coffee shop. The handler was outside in a car, and the two communicated with a secret closed circuit network. U.S. agents had been following Chapman and the other 10 spies -- including four married couples, all living in Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia -- for the better part of 10 years.
According to AOL News, every Wednesday, Chapman had been passing information to her handlers. But last Wednesday, the person Chapman believed was another Russian agent was really an undercover FBI agent. The agent instructed Chapman on how to transfer a fake passport to another female spy. She was to hold a magazine in a certain way so the other agent would recognize her. When the woman asked her, "Excuse me, but haven't we met in California last summer?" Chapman was to respond in coded language, "No, I think it was the Hamptons."
But Chapman never made the rendezvous, and it's unclear whether that's because she may have become suspicious of the undercover U.S. agent. She was arrested a day later.
I thought our two countries were over this whole spy business decades ago when the Cold War ended and we kind of made friends, both agreeing to downsize our atomic bomb supply. Heck, just the other day, President Obama and the Russian president were eating cheeseburgers in California.
But as this recent bust indicated, a lot of it is still perception. The U.S. and Russia remain the two countries with the biggest nuclear arsenals and the largest military threat to the rest of the world. While the U.S. continues to spy on Russia largely for military secrets, Russia is most interested in trade and policy secrets, which is why this group of spies was told to enter the country, Americanize, live normal lives, and steal as many secrets as they possibly could from people in business, government, and political positions.
Some of the stolen information included details on nuclear weapon development, U.S. policies on the use of the Internet by terrorists, and goods on the new CIA leader and the 2008 Presidential election.
Images via Anna Chapman/Facebook