Edward Snowden

Ex-spy Anna Chapman tweets a marriage proposal to Snowden

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 July, 2013, 8:38am

The Edward Snowden saga took a bizarre twist yesterday after former Russian spy-turned- celebrity Anna Chapman apparently proposed to the US fugitive whistle-blower via Twitter.

In an unverified post, the 31-year-old Russian simply asked: "Snowden, will you marry me?!".

Red-haired Chapman made worldwide headlines in 2010 after she was caught in the US posing as a New York real-estate agent and swiftly deported back to Russia along with nine other suspected sleeper agents.

She later tweeted: "NSA, will you look after our children?"

When asked by e-mail if she was serious, Chapman told The Wall Street Journal : "You are welcome to use your imagination."

For Snowden, the proposal could offer him a solution to his problems as he could qualify for a Russian passport through marrying a Russian national.

The former contractor to the US National Security Agency made a dramatic dash from Hong Kong to Moscow on June 23, reportedly using a temporary travel document issued by Ecuador but which has since been described as a "mistake" by Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa.

He is believed to be still in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

Snowden has applied for asylum in 20 countries after his passport was revoked and the US government filed espionage charges against him for leaking classified NSA documents about its cyber-surveillance programmes.

Chapman was married to Briton Alex Chapman for four years before divorcing in 2006.

Since returning to Russia, Chapman, whose father worked as a diplomat, has dabbled in modelling and hosted a TV show called Secrets of the World.



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