Anna Chapman FBI
November 1, 2011 by staff
Anna Chapman FBI, Anna Chapman was not only a member of one of the largest Russian sleeper agents rings ever shot by the FBI, officials said. The 29-year-old former real estate agent who became a lingerie model and new spokesman for the company in Moscow, represented a new generation of Russian spies adapted to post-Cold War world.
Tweet 1 person Tweeted thisShareThis Chapman and her colleague Mikhail Semenko cyclical, another young undercover officer who worked at a travel agency DC-area were technically qualified and able to work comfortably in a Western culture, and did so using her own name, said C. Frank Figliuzzi, FBI assistant director for counterintelligence.
They “were very tech-savvy, very intellectual,” Figliuzzi said, adding that Semenko speaks five languages, including Chinese.
The two new strains used operating state of the art wireless computer communication, including transmitters explosion that sent radio messages encrypted in a split second.
Meanwhile, the older spies in the ring of 11 members, resorted to the techniques that have been used for centuries: the invisible ink, supplies of money called “brush pass”, and false documents. Like the Soviet sleeper agents before them, working under false identities, called legends, some of them stolen from the dead.
All senior officers had undergone years of intensive training in Russia to pass through ordinary Americans. But with the fall of the Iron Curtain and open borders, someone in Moscow seems to have realized that training may not be necessary.
With the two different approaches, one the test of time and a state of the art “, the Russians were experiencing,” said Figliuzzi.
Figliuzzi comments came Monday as the FBI released the tapes, videos and documents offer a window into the monitoring of the office, which stretched over a decade.
According to a written monitoring report, an FBI agent saw Chapman buy leggings and hats at Macy’s. Later, the cameras caught him roaming a department store, while a Russian diplomat waited outside.
A surveillance video taken the day before her arrest shows Chapman sitting in a cafe with an FBI agent posing as her manager in Russia.
Other members of the ring were shadowed during the meetings on a payphone in Queens, Brooklyn in a park or a walk through the Circle of New York, Columbus. The FBI says seemingly mundane activities often serves as a cover for the exchange of encrypted messages or transfer of cash, all with the long-term goal of penetrating the highest levels of U.S. politics.
The FBI saw the ring to operate so intensely for so long, Figliuzzi said the office was able to penetrate the ring of the communications network to the point where U.S. agents were able to pose as Russian intelligence officers. “So in a sense, started to become owners of their communications” and Chapman and Semenko came to believe that undercover FBI agents trained them Russians.
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