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

Jack Lew

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.