June 30, 2010 10:40 AM

Anna Chapman (PICTURES): Who is the Russian "Femme Fatale"?

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Anna Chapman (Personal Photo)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Who is Anna Chapman?

PICTURES: Anna Chapman

She's been dubbed the femme fatale of an alleged Russian spy ring. It's a case with Cold War-style intrigue - and she's a striking redhead and self-styled entrepreneur who dabbled in real estate and posted "if you can dream, you can become it" on her Facebook page.

But U.S. authorities say Chapman's American dream was a ruse.

Officials say the 28-year-old was a savvy Russian secret agent who worked with a network of other operatives before an undercover FBI agent lured her into an elaborate trap at a coffee shop in lower Manhattan.

The U.S. has branded the operatives as living covertly, but Chapman took care to brand herself publicly as a striver of the digital age, passionately embracing online social networking by posting information and images of herself for the world to see.

Chapman took an apartment a block from Wall Street and began using online social networks, including LinkedIn and Facebook, to develop business contacts and to market her skills. On her LinkedIn page, Chapman is listed as the chief executive officer of PropertyFinder Ltd., which maintains a website featuring real estate listings in Moscow, Spain, Bulgaria and other countries.

She lists previous jobs at an investment company and a hedge fund in London. The summary also says she earned a master's degree in economics at a Russian university in 2005.

Her Internet footprints also include a photo of her posing with a glass of wine between two men at the Global Technology Symposium at Stanford University in March - it cost more than $1,000 to attend - and video clips of her speaking in Russian about the economic opportunities in her new home.

An acquaintance, David Hartman, owner of a New York real estate company, described Chapman as "pleasant, very professional, friendly."

"There's nothing too crazy about her that I knew of," he said.

Prosecutors have charged Chapman and 10 other suspects with following orders from Russian intelligence to become "Americanized" enough to infiltrate "policymaking circles" and feed information back to Moscow.

The FBI finally moved in to break up the ring because one of the suspects - apparently Chapman, who was bound for Moscow, according to court papers - was going to leave the country, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

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by sean56v July 2, 2010 5:24 AM EDT
I guess Barack doesn't like beautiful russian women. His misconceived idea of war against Eurasia is hallucinatory and deluded. The country's hitler-in-chief believes he can launch conventional and thermo-nuclear weapons at enemy targets. In November, the Electorate has an opportunity to select new leaders to Congress. They should pick candidates who will impeach and remove Obama on charges of incompetence, environmental disaster, and political graft. A later criminal conviction could send him to a federal jail to pick fruit for the prison bakery.
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by RickCain4150 July 2, 2010 12:14 AM EDT
She sounds less like a spy and more like an NGO. Non-Governmental Operatives are used by the Russians and Americans alike. Its a riskier job than being a real spy but usually the assigned tasks are lower key and less cloak and dagger.
Generally, NGO's aren't afforded the same protection as spies. If they get caught, they're on their own.
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by Robert0424 July 1, 2010 8:50 PM EDT
I find the Russian spy arrests not at all surprising - the Israelis do it to us all the time. And it far less disturbing than the unchecked invasion of the US by Mexican illegals!
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by keithb001 July 1, 2010 9:23 PM EDT
Ohhhhh, illegals, SCARY!!!!!

I need a hug!!!
by lawyertom1 July 1, 2010 8:45 AM EDT
An attractive spy. What an original and unusual strategy. Never been done before. LOL. How childish can you be? No bail. Lock 'em up.
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by Wolf1944 June 30, 2010 7:40 PM EDT
So when do we see her in Playboy?
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by longtree-2009 June 30, 2010 6:22 PM EDT
her head looks too big for her body in the picture here. she doesn't appear to be all that hot as a result.
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by Brokennews June 30, 2010 5:31 PM EDT
Bad girl!!

You need a good spanking!!
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by ChrisLA1 June 30, 2010 3:26 PM EDT
The Russian's do not have to spy anymore all they have to do is ask China for the information!
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by jlyn74 June 30, 2010 3:19 PM EDT
that picture is totally photoshopped. look at the size of her head compared to her body. either that or she's a lollipop. :-/
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by igutierslcc June 30, 2010 12:43 PM EDT
"feme fatal" Hardly. She looks like Miley Cyrus on a bad day!
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by USMC-Mom June 30, 2010 2:41 PM EDT
HA! Thats what I thought too!
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