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Posted at 1:33 PM ET, 07/ 1/2010

Marines use Anna Chapman photos to warn sailors of the danger of beauties in foreign countries

By Jeff Stein

U.S. Marines preparing for shore leave in the Seychelles islands were having a standard security briefing this week when they were shown photos of a figure who's been in the news lately: Russian spy suspect Anna Chapman.

The 28-year-old has been an Internet sensation since photos of her popped up in the tabloids within hours of her arrest by the FBI last Monday. News organizations copied scores of the photos from her personal pages on social-networking Web sites here and in Russia.

Security officers hoped the pictures would be a wake-up call to their charges, especially the younger ones. The message was this: Whatever stereotypes they might have for spies are probably wrong.

And that loose lips sink ships.

“Her pictures are now part of our [counterintelligence] awareness briefs,” said a security officer, “so that when we tell the youngsters to beware of the beauties in foreign countries, we’re not just blowing smoke.”

“We always mention some of the techniques” spies use to pry secrets from sailors, the officer added. “Namely, the use of good-looking women to lower a man’s defenses. …

“These women will elicit from their males what kind of job they have, and determine if they have a security clearance, and then try to develop the relationship further, until the woman believes the male is ready to be approached by the actual case officer, who will then try to recruit him to commit espionage,” the officer said.

As for the Chapman photos, “I tell the Marines to imagine such a woman showing interest in them,” the officer said, "and developing a relationship, solely to exploit them."

Navy ships carrying the 3,000-strong 24th Marine Expedition Unit spent four days anchored off Mahé, the largest of the islands off Africa's eastern coast.

The Marines are scheduled for another port call before heading home in early August, after almost seven months at sea, most of it in the Middle East.

Hear Jeff Stein discuss the latest developments in the case on PRI's "The World."

By Jeff Stein  | July 1, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Military  
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A smart sailor knows the safe thing to do in a foreign port which is you is always stick together with your shipmates, never go anywhere alone, pay for your short time fun at a reliable establishment, and never get into a relationship with anybody.

Maybe Marines need to be told that who knows.

Posted by: screwjob16 | July 1, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

24th MEU, my old unit. Ooh Rah!!!

Posted by: nsu1203 | July 1, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Buck Teeth Sink Ships.

Posted by: wewp | July 1, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

They should have shown them a picture of Bush - saying -this is a the oilman who is going to get you killed next month.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: ColdSun | July 1, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

What a useless exercise.

What ? NOw the ROOSKIES are gonna switch to ugly spies and fool us 'Gin !

Posted by: ColdSun | July 1, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

She's not all that good looking, but she's good enough for government work.

Posted by: republican_disaster | July 1, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

They should hold a picture of Holder and Obama together, with the caption "Don't shoot at innocent terrorists or else you'll pay".

Posted by: cschotta1 | July 1, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

7 months out who cares what they look like,LOL.

Posted by: melto | July 1, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

ColdSun ~ someday we fully expect at least one Democrat to learn about the difference between "bush" and "Bush" ~ but if you're an example that's going to be a very long time.

Posted by: muawiyah | July 1, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey baby. You got girlfriend Afghanistan?

Posted by: Potter2 | July 1, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The hookers always have the latest ship schedules and fleet information.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | July 2, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Remember the Boris and Natasha characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of the '60s? Well, Anna Chapman is your real-life Natasha Fatale. And we all know who "Fearless Leader" is -- it's Putin!

Posted by: broxfan | July 2, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

She's just not that hot. I don't see why everyone's going gaga over her.

Posted by: TheLastBrainLeft | July 2, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Allow me to translate the military speak. If a hot woman comes on to you during shore leave you say you work in cryptography. Then buy a couple boxes of condoms.

Posted by: caribis | July 2, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

We know how this work. After they overcome the temptation of watching the pictures, the next step would be to teach them how to sleep with one without divulging all the secrets. I am surprised wa po took this news seriously.

Posted by: masmanz | July 2, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

A spy girl would cooperate sexually with the Marine,and do it with enthusiasm, in the hopes of extracting information.

Rather than yank, a SMART Marine, if there are any, would realize that easy women might be spies, but use her as a sex toy anyway. Then, when her pillow talk includes "So, when I was looking at potatoes in in the produce department at the Safeway, I found myself wondering: what's is the location and troop strength of the ground forces in Kabul", just politely decline to tell,

Better yet, give her lots of wrong answers. Then her boss will give her a raise because the marine is pumping her with lots of information (along with something else). The extra pay will make her submit to sexual practices which are even MORE humiliating.

In the unlikely case that there is more than one smart marine, they could all throw a party and use her as a naked party toy for their shameless physical pleasure...and she might even genuinely LIKE it!

God knows I do.

--faye kane, homeless idiot savant
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | July 2, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Great news for Chapman, if her lawyers read this she walks. Can't get a fair trial from a government who's already found her guilty and using her for training.

Posted by: Markymark73 | July 4, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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