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Posted at 6:01 PM ET, 07/12/2010

Backchannel chatter: Chapman's Moscow tweets

By Jeff Stein

Imagine my surprise Saturday night when my laptop goes beep! and it’s Anna Chapman friending me on Facebook.

Or maybe someone pretending to be her -- her handlers in Moscow Center, maybe.

Whatever: I’d pinged the very real Facebook page of the spy scandal's leading lady when the affair broke worldwide two weeks ago, asking to be, you know, her "friend."

She's been busy. In any event, her Facebook page is still up and running, even if she hasn’t posted anything herself lately.

The same goes for her Linked-in networking page.

But meanwhile, she -- or someone pretending to be her -- is tweeting like a redbird.

“There are many truths,” the inaugural tweet goes, “of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. (John Stuart Mill).”

True enough, and she should know.

Apparently, though, Chapman’s “personal experience” has little diminished what seems to be widespread affection for her here, if the comments still piling up on her Facebook page are any guide.

“Thank You for adding me on your [Facebook page],” says one admirer. “I have not followed your story but you are too beautiful and intelligent to let anything hold you back. …”

“It appears that you have many people that love you,” the Chapman fan adds, “& that is very special.”

Special may not be the word for it. Weird, perhaps.

Update: Video of Jeff Stein talking about the Russian spy case and more on Russia TV.

By Jeff Stein  | July 12, 2010; 6:01 PM ET
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Intelligence  
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As if spymasters didn't have enough to worry about: spies going native, spies getting caught, spies being double-backed, spies scamming you for cash, etc... Now they have to worry about spies going public for the fame, love, adulation and book and movie deal.

Posted by: caribis | July 19, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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