Wednesday 26 April 2017

Anna Chapman was a useless spy, former lovers claim

Andrew Hough

Anna Chapman, the glamorous former Russian spy, was a useless spy who just wanted to party and have sex, some of her previous lovers have claimed.

The flame-haired divorcee left a trial of broken hearts in Manhattan after she convinced them to take her on expensive dates and then into bed, they claimed.

The men, who have made the confessions to a magazine at a specially convened meeting in New York, all painted a picture of a woman who used her seductive skills to get close to them but was more interested in having fun than gathering intelligence.

Gathered at a bar in Manhattan, at one stage one of the men asked “Okay, who ------ her?”, before “several hands shot up", it was claimed.

Despite being left broken hearted by the woman, many of the men said they had no regrets becoming involved with the 28 year-old.

"She was an expert at using her femininity," Dennis Hirdt, a model who claimed he only swapped flirtatious texts with her, told Details magazine.

"Little hand touches. Whispers. Maybe putting a hand on the cheek, or maybe 'by accident' lips rubbing against an earlobe.”

Another man who was mesmerised by her was Bill Staniford, the head of an property website, who first met Chapman at a business meeting.

"I'll tell you, as soon as she walks in, I don't remember anything else," said the 40 year-old, himself a former spy and marine.

"She knocked me out. There was something about her - I think it might have been the red hair, or the way she walked, or her body.”

The third, Russell Terlecki, 40, said she was a poor spy.

"Drinking champagne, tequila, vodka - she wasn't learning a lot,” he added.

The three men told the magazine that they continued to be in touch with the spy via email. Others have also been interviewed by the FBI over what they knew.

Ms Chapman was once married to Briton Alex Chapman and lived in the UK for a few years.

She recently disclosed that she was preparing to launch a self-promotional website just weeks after she leaked racy pictures of herself taken at a photo-shoot.

Her actions suggested that she is set on ignoring critics who accuse her of seeking to cash in on her notoriety as a failed Russian spy in America.

She is instead attracted by a new career as a high profile public figure in her native Russia.

She shot to worldwide prominence earlier this year when she was part of the biggest spy swap between the United States and Russia since the end of the Cold War.

She and nine others were outed as Russian agents by the FBI and sent back to Russia in disgrace.

They were then spirited to the headquarters of Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service for debriefing.

But, in a bizarre twist, Vladimir Putin, the prime minister and himself a former KGB spy, boasted of singing patriotic songs with them.

Ms Chapman's plea bargain with US authorities prohibits her from cashing in on her adventures in America.

Ms Chapman, who says she moves around Moscow wearing a hat and sunglasses to conceal her identity, has instead set about forging a new career.

Last month, she got into trouble with a Russian magazine called "Heat" after she posted racy pictures of herself on Facebook.

The pictures had been taken during a photo shoot with the magazine which then launched a legal action against her for breach of contract.

It has been speculated she may enter politics.

Telegraph.co.uk

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