Juicy: Sexy Spythang Anna Chapman Was Stopped Because She Was Getting Close to Someone High Up
How high up? How about Obama cabinet-level. This news comes in a longish story about Curveball, the discredited source of some of the bad intel that led to the Iraq war.
Another revelation in the series is the real reason why the FBI swooped on Russian spy Anna Chapman in 2010. Top officials feared the glamorous Russian agent wanted to seduce one of US President Barack Obama's inner circle. Frank Figliuzzi, the FBI's head of counterintelligence, reveals how she got "closer and closer to higher and higher ranking leadership... she got close enough to disturb us".
The fear that Chapman would compromise a senior US official in a "honey trap" was a key reason for the arrest and deportation of the Russian spy ring of 10 people, of which she was a part, in 2010. "We were becoming very concerned," he says. "They were getting close enough to a sitting US cabinet member that we thought we could no longer allow this to continue." Mr Figliuzzi refuses to name the individual who was being targeted.
Well, doesn't this just beg for some questions? Who was the sitting member of the Obama cabinet who had a sexy redheaded Russian spy getting a bit too close? Here's a helpful list of all the cabinet members. Who on that list would be attracted to a mysterious, red-headed socialite with an enchanting foreign accent?
Vice President of the United States
Joseph R. Biden
Department of State
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
Department of the Treasury
Secretary Timothy F. Geithner
Department of Defense
Secretary Leon E. Panetta
Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Department of the Interior
Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar
Department of Agriculture
Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack
Department of Commerce
Secretary John E. Bryson
Department of Labor
Secretary Hilda L. Solis
Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Shaun L.S. Donovan
Department of Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood
Department of Energy
Secretary Steven Chu
Department of Education
Secretary Arne Duncan
Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric K. Shinseki
Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet A. Napolitano
The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank:
White House Chief of Staff
Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
Office of Management & Budget
Jeffrey Zients, Acting Director
United States Trade Representative
Ambassador Ronald Kirk
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Susan Rice
Council of Economic Advisers
Chairman Alan B. Krueger
Small Business Administration
Secretary Karen G. Mills
Chapman may have been a lousy spy, but she does seem to be qualified for the role she is alleged to have played.
Update: Irresponsible speculation as the target's identity, here.