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Kremlin Gently Skirts Chapman-Snowden Marriage Stir

Anna Chapman, seen at a lecture she gave at St. Petersburg State University in 2011, knows how to create a buzz.
Anna Chapman, seen at a lecture she gave at St. Petersburg State University in 2011, knows how to create a buzz.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has waded into the social-media buzz around a glib proposal of marriage purporting to be from Russia's best-known ex-spy to fugitive U.S. leaker Edward Snowden.

The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he had no idea whether any serious offer had indeed come from suspected former Russian sleeper agent Anna Chapman, according to AFP and Interfax.

The Twitter account purporting to be of bombshell Chapman, whose ginger hair and taut figure earned her prominence and put her on magazine covers around the world, asked simply:


The same account followed up with a poke at the U.S. National Security Agency:


Reports on July 5 then suggested that, in a belated response, Snowden wrote from exile that he "would have married Chapman regardless of the rest."

It was unclear how Russian and other journalists had confirmed that the account in question really belonged to Snowden.

"The Guardian's" Russia correspondent suggested Russian media had been duped, saying it was a "fake Snowden Twitter account" and later adding that they had removed the story from their websites:


After leaking classified documents on U.S. electronic eavesdropping and the so-called PRISM program to U.S. and British media, Snowden hid out in Hong Kong before fleeing to Moscow.
An image of Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), on a Chinese news website
An image of Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), on a Chinese news website

With a revoked U.S. passport and authorities there seeking his return to face charges, Snowden has applied for asylum in at least 20 countries and reportedly remains holed up in a transit terminal of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

The Snowden case threatens to darken the pall that already hovers over U.S.-Russian relations.

Russian officials have signaled their unwillingness to return Snowden to the United States.

But Putin also publicly asserted earlier this month that, in order to be allowed to remain in Russia, Snowden would have to "stop his work directed at hurting our American partners, as strange as it sounds coming from me."

Chapman was deported from the United States in 2010 along with nine other suspected Russian spies in a prisoner swap.

She has since been a fervent supporter of Putin and his ruling United Russia party at public appearances.


-- Andy Heil
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 05, 2013 14:05
Wow, a magnificent idea :-)! Should they really marry, the legal status of Edward Snowden will change dramatically: he will become a family member of a citizen of the Russian Federation which will give him a legal ground for getting a resident status in Russia! Great job, Anna :-)!
I am already curious what arguments will be invented by cheap US propaganda outlets in order to say that the two cannot marry :-)).
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by: rkka from: Erehwon
July 09, 2013 16:19
Yes! And the two of them can get busy further improving Russia's demographics, which are already about the best in Central and Eastern Europe, though it would probably gag Coalson to admit it.

by: Anonymous
July 05, 2013 22:17
This story is about a spokesman who has 'no idea' about what he has been asked? What next? Another 'social media' delirium like the incredible http://bit.ly/14oDxP4 ?

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 06, 2013 04:26
Venezuela and Nicaragua just offered Snowden political asylum. Source: http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/99303-venezuela-concede-asilo-snowden

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
July 06, 2013 04:55
I wouldn't care, unless the would be pair, with continuation,
Would join with few others, like De-Perdue - to legitimize
The Russia's Hitler-funkel's race war and annexations
Of lands and houses of invaded by Russia nations,
Creating pseudo-support-Russia canning maze.

I even wouldn't care the possibilities of offspring
Being born with less of Neanderthal appearance,
Looking like European, unlike around De-Perdue,
All Russian occupiers in Abkhazia - all ugly faces.
By the way - leaker confirmed much uglier doings:

Since Russia get Stalin under house arrest - in 47,
Sentenced my mother and me to death, with envy,
Invited British and American envoys - offering 7-11,
To torture and plagiarize me, at age 4, the Heaven,
And all of us alike, world grew be corrupted dummy.

With Russia, Britain, Germany and Austria, empires,
Being resurrected and US corrupted to the very core,
All computer technology, software, operating systems,
Specially Microsoft, telephones and "everything goes",
They steal from all, damaging our livelihoods and lives.

It was known to the World - Snowden only confirmed it.
Russia maybe not too skilled - but even more arrogant.
Neither USA nor Russia would admit - all world is meat.
They divert our attention to "spy-game", Russians gloat,
Trying turn US friends join Russia's Hitler-funkel's boat.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
July 09, 2013 06:11
Madam Kushchenko received permission from Putin to behave provocatively and ugly.
Brainless hen and a traitor, a "good" groom and bride.
In Russia always the case, someone wants to marry a talking frog, other on the traitors.

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