Anna Chapman. A Hacker, A Spy, A Fashion Designer
Russian national, Anna Vasil’yevna Chapman was staying in New York City when she was arrested with nine others under the charge of working for the Illegals Program spy ring under the Russian Federation’s external intelligence agency. Chapman, who was deported from the US to Russia in 2010 after a long-term Russian intelligence operation of so-called sleeper agents was uncovered by the FBI, claims her new mission is imbued with the same values as the old one and is inspired by Russian patriotism.
Chapman gained celebrity status right after her arrest by the FBI. Her pictures and videos went viral on the web. Chapman again earned a lot of media attention on 3 July 2013 when she asked Edward Snowden to marry her. For you to recall, Edward Snowden is an American computer specialist and former CIA employee and NSA contractor who disclosed classified details of several top-secret United States, Israeli, and British government mass surveillance programs to the press.
She is one of the most famous spies of post-Soviet Russia, but now Anna Chapman has a new career — as a clothes designer. Her range of dresses and handbags, under a label that will bear her name, was launched at a fashion show in Turkey earlier this month and will soon go on sale in Russia.
“I find it very sad that we managed to send people to space, but we couldn’t organise a proper textiles industry in our country,” said Chapman,
“If we want to stay independent from everyone who is trying to influence us, then we need to produce our own things, then we need to give work to our own people and learn together.
Originally published at www.intriguingnotions.com.