2010年7月8日木曜日

露スパイ事件 報道工作か

露スパイ事件の報道が変わった。
露スパイ事件の米国での報道が、事件から、ゴシップに変わった。
FBIの逮捕容疑は、不法な政治活動とマネーロンダリング。
スパイ活動を認めたものもいるが、Annaに対しては、元夫やヌード写真
が話題。英国では、ドバイでハマス幹部殺害した工作員のように、個人
情報を盗用された人も話題にしている。

過去の例から想像すると、容疑者11人の中に、重要人物がいて、Annaをおとり
にして、重要人物を隠しているように見える。重要人物は、経済界や議員との
接点があるかもしれないし、近い将来、露と交渉を控えた何かの取引の工作
かもしれない。
米国は、被害が少なかったために、露スパイをからかっているのだろうか。

オバマに向いている国民皆保険制度や原油流出の問題を国民の目からそら
すことが目的とか米独立記念日への国威発揚とか言う安直な考えもある。

英MI5の報道は、Chapman親族、英国、露とジンバブエとの関係を報道している。
英国の方が被害(?)は、深刻だったようだ。

露スパイ容疑者(偽名?)
1.Anna Champman 28才
 父はKGB勤務(?) 英国5年居住、英国人男性と結婚、2年後に離婚
 英国居住時、富裕層と社交クラブを通じて知り合う。
2.Christopher Metsos 55才
3.Richard Murphy 39才 コード名 A、David Hiller
4.Cynthia Murphy ?才 コード名 N
5.Mikhail Semenko 28才
6.Mikhail Kutzik(実名)
7.Natalia Pereverzeva(実名)
 Mikhail Kutzikの妻 別名Patricia Mills
8.Juan Lazaro
9.Vicky Perlaez 55才(実名)
10.Michael Zottoli コード名 M
11.?

露スパイ逮捕


Anna Chapman alleged Russian Spy


Neighbours remember alleged spy Anna Chapman


'Agent' out on $250k bail in Russian spy ring scandal


US Spy Arrests Three More Russian Spy Suspects Are Refused Bail

---露スパイ事件:スパイに「沸く」米欧 話題の中心は美女 冷戦時代「懐かしむ」声も---
毎日新聞 2010年7月5日 東京朝刊
http://mainichi.jp/select/world/news/20100705ddm007030170000c.html

 【ニューヨーク山科武司】米国内でイランの核開発計画や米国のアフガニスタン政策に関する情報などを収集していた容疑で先月、米連邦捜査局(FBI)に逮捕されたロシアのスパイグループに関する報道が連日、米欧メディアをにぎわせている。
 インターネット上の会員制交流サイト「フェースブック」などに自身の写真や映像を公開していた美人女性スパイの話題が中心だが、東西冷戦期をほうふつさせる事件に、「過ぎ去りし時代」への郷愁をかき立てると指摘する記事もある。
 米司法省は先月28日、10人の逮捕と行方不明者1人の追跡を発表した。訴追記録によると、その一人の女性アンナ・チャップマン容疑者(28)は毎週水曜日、ニューヨーク・マンハッタンのスターバックスのコーヒーショップや書店で、手持ちのパソコンからロシア当局者とデータ通信を行い、ロシアの対外情報局(SVR、旧KGB)の指示を受けたり報告をしていた。
 かつてロンドンで暮らした同容疑者は、逮捕前はニューヨークで不動産業を手がける女性実業家。積極的に社交パーティーに参加し、米政権に近い有力者への接触を図っていたとされる。メディアは映画007シリーズのボンドガールになぞらえて伝えた。
 報道が白熱する理由をAP通信は、今月4日の独立記念日を前に米国民の愛国心がかき立てられたと分析。「事件は米国人にとって、敵がまだ親しみやすかった時代を思い出させた」と指摘し、「ソ連は、世界貿易センタービルに航空機を突入させるようなことはしなかった」と結んだ。
 容疑者らは90年代半ばごろから米国に入国し、普段はスパイ同士で夫婦を装ったり、会社員や学生として生活していたという。ロシア側は今回の逮捕について「一般市民を投獄している」(プーチン首相)などと米国の対応を批判している。
◇「困惑している」
 【ニューヨーク共同】アンナ・チャップマン容疑者が米国の新聞に「魔性の女」「美人スパイ」などとして写真が掲載されていることに「困惑している。強制送還されるのではないか」と接見の弁護士に話していることが3日、分かった。担当のロバート・ボーム弁護士がAP通信に明らかにした。
 同容疑者は今後、米国に居住できなくなるのではないかとおびえていたという。


---A Tale of Two Passports---
JULY 6, 2010
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703571704575340463453136240.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Britain's silence over the alleged Russian forgeries is telling.

Remember Britain's outrage at Israel over the forged U.K. documents allegedly used in the Dubai assassination of Hamas big shot Mahmoud Mabhouh? Compare that uproar with the remarkable silence over the forged British passport that the FBI says was used by at least one of the Russian spies recently arrested in the U.S.

At this stage during the Dubai affair in mid-February, the Labour government had already summoned the Israeli ambassador and announced criminal investigations amid furious statements from all political parties. It expelled another Israeli diplomat a month later. The Guardian newspaper ran some 17 articles highlighting the passport accusations.

By contrast, a week into the Russian forgery story, there is not a hint of a diplomatic row between London and Moscow. The Guardian mentioned the fake passport allegations in two articles that lacked the breathless condemnation directed at Israel. The paper's editorial on the Russian spy-ring ignores the passport angle altogether.

Why the double standard? One possible explanation is that Israel is a friend and ally of Britain, and friends aren't supposed to behave that way. Then again, Downing Street also claims good relations with the Kremlin. Or perhaps the difference has to do with the recent change of government. Yet Britain's new chief diplomat, William Hague, when still shadow foreign secretary, encouraged Labour's diplomatic arm-twisting of Israel, a point he was eager to repeat in an interview last month with Al Jazeera, no less.

It's hard to escape the conclusion that what really infuriated the British was not so much the alleged offense but the identity of its perpetrators.


---Russian spy babe's hot affair: Anna Chapman was kinky and 'great in bed,' says ex husband Alex---
BY Lukas I. Alpert
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, July 5th 2010, 4:00 AM
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/07/05/2010-07-05_kinky_spy_anna_was_great_in_bed_sez_her_ex_sizzling_days_of_whips__clamps.html

She may have been a true Cold Warrior, but Anna Chapman is red-hot in the sheets.

The flame-haired Russian hottie accused of being a deep-cover mole in the U.S. was a wild woman in the sack, her ex-hubby says.

"Anya was great in bed and she knew exactly what to do," said Alex Chapman, who married the then-Anya Kushchenko in 2002. "The sex was great and she had this incredible body."

Chapman told the British newspaper News of the World that he met the stunning spook at a rave in England in 2001 and immediately fell in love.

"I hadn't met anybody like her before," he said. "I was infatuated with her."

They began a torrid affair, which Alex Chapman says quickly veered into kinky territory.

The randy Russian had a penchant for whips and nipple clamps and once joined him in a mile-high sex romp aboard a Moscow-bound flight, he said.

"I found her Russian accent such a turn-on," said the 30-year-old psychologist trainee. "We were having so much fun. We also experimented with sex toys."

He said he's not surprised his former flame was accused of spying for Mother Russia, as she always had a deep love for James Bond films.

"If she is a spy then she's fallen into it because of the glitz and the glamour of it all," he said. "She used her looks to get noticed."

Through her lawyer, Anna Chapman, 28, says she is deeply "embarrassed" by photos of her gallivanting around the U.S. that made her the face of the alleged spy ring even though she is considered a minor player.

Alex Chapman says his ex wasn't always so flashy.

For the first few years of marriage, he said, they lived a "carefree" bohemian life in London, where she worked at banks.

But there was always a sinister side. Chapman says his bride told him that her father, Vasily Kushchenko, 53, was a senior KGB agent.

"Her dad was scary. He was very concerned about which direction my life was going, how I was going to 'earn my money,'" Chapman told London's Daily Telegraph.

After a few years of marriage, Anna Chapman began palling around more with well-connected Russian friends and grew increasingly secretive, Alex said.

"She fell in with a group of people who had a lot of influence. She would go to film premieres and became arrogant and obnoxious, always going on about powerful people she was meeting," he said.

By 2006, they had grown apart and had divorced, but she kept his name, and the two remained friends.

He said she later regaled him with tales of dating rich and powerful men who helped whisk her to the Big Apple, where she began a real estate business that became successful suspiciously quickly.

"Clearly a lot of money had been pumped into the business from somewhere, but I couldn't work it out," he said.

Anna Chapman is charged with attempting to gain entree into American political circles and send reports on their inner thinking back to Moscow.

She has been held without bail since being arrested last Monday in an FBI sweep that nabbed 11 suspected Russian spies who lived quiet suburban lives around the U.S.


---Exclusive: When it Comes to Spying, When Will They Ever Learn?---
July 6, 2010
John Miller
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.6651/pub_detail.asp

Since the news of the arrest of 10 Russian citizens apparently masquerading as Americans, a great deal of press and media coverage has been accorded the case which is currently before the US federal court in New York. An 11th person connected with those arrested managed to secure release from jail in Cyprus and the chances of him being apprehended appear to be slender and he is probably being debriefed in Moscow at present. The whole affair has been something of a political free-for-all for the media because it combines ordinary people, leading normal lives with a dash of glamour in the form of an extremely attractive redhead who was sufficiently bold to use Facebook and the thread of Russian intelligence activity, which surprised some but not those of a more cynical disposition.

What is abundantly clear is that the FBI has conducted a long, carefully-directed, sophisticated and ultimately successful counterintelligence operation against an illegal network run by the Russian SVR. Public interest will probably dissipate over a period of time and the media coverage, it has to be said, has been very mixed in terms of quality and understanding the significance of the case. Without doubt, I could not hope to match the publicly available work of Fred Burton of Stratfor, whose masterly piece entitled: “The Dismantling of a Suspected Russian Intelligence Operation” is available on the Internet.

I would regard this particular article as being the definitive account, which given Mr. Burton’s background and obvious contacts is hardly surprising. Details of those involved are given together with their mission, tradecraft (intelligence jargon for modus operandi) the role of counterintelligence working out of Boston and New York and Washington and their methods; together with a possible explanation of the origins of the case and a discussion of why the matter came to a head in late June this year.

It is not my intention to be critical of the mainstream press but it suffers from a disease common to that in the West as a whole. With the focus on domestic affairs and terrorism, many especially younger reporters will know very little about the Cold War -the event that dominated the 20th century in the terms of the struggle of ideas and superpower rivalry following World War II. Talking to journalists of my acquaintance, the attitude of the younger brigade is that they were not taught much about the Cold War in school and after all, “It’s over and we won, didn’t we?” My response is usually: “Did we?”

The chances of discovering why this case came to a head at the time it did, June 28-29, 2010 are likely to remain something of a mystery unless there is a conscious decision to release the information or an unlikely leak. One hallmark of this particular case is that security was very tight and the FBI deserves due credit and recognition.

Rather than rehash the salient details of this case, my feeling is that it should be put into a broader context. Writing about Russian intelligence at the end of the first decade of the 21st century is not a particularly easy task. To those of us who have worked in intelligence for many years, there is a dreadful certainty about Russian intentions but quite clearly, to discuss such cases carries the risk of being dubbed a "Cold (war) Warrior", taken by many to be a calculated insult, and considered by others such as myself to be a badge of honor. The problem is further complicated by the fact that 20 years have elapsed since the dissolution of the USSR and the slow rise of a reconstituted Russia, which the West in general and the U.S. in particular is hoping to secure arrangements that would be considered normal in diplomatic terms and in the eyes of many, Russia is not a threat nor an enemy. The events of the past few days have put an end to starry-eyed dreaming and it is to be hoped that the that the lesson is recognized in Washington.

Following the inauguration of President Obama, nearly two and a half years ago, his administration reached out to a number of countries around the world with which the U.S. has had ongoing and seemingly intractable problems. North Korea and Iran were offered and rejected an olive branch and the U.S. stated its intention to "reset the button" with Russia. Indeed, the first attempt brought some embarrassment for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a visit to Moscow. If any overt change occurred as a result of the Obama-inspired Clinton visit of then it was not immediately apparent. More recently, the administration once again announced that it wanted to reset the button with Russia and on a visit to the U.S. The Russian President Dimitry Medvedev enjoyed photo opportunities with his American counterpart, sharing a cheeseburger to the delight of photographers. It would be extremely interesting to know exactly what the two leaders discussed but fairly obviously, the impending appearance in court of the suspected SVR illegals was not mentioned. There is absolutely no doubt that President Obama was well aware of the situation but fairly obviously declined to take advantage of the situation.

As a person who grew up under the shadow of what appeared to be the intractable confrontation between the West and the USSR and its Allies, there were many crises, some publicly known and others not so well known, where a nuclear exchange seemed more than likely.

Working in intelligence provided an insight into the decision-making process of both sides and an understanding of the way in which the Soviet Union conducted its foreign policy. Most people tend to forget when the words detente and peaceful coexistence are mentioned, they had totally different meanings to each side. Superpower contention in the military sense became less likely (albeit with a few near misses) but Moscow's intentions were to continue the ideological struggle against capitalism, imperialism and the U.S. by all means short of war. For those of us in intelligence, it was galling to see just how many influential people swallowed the bait.

Post Cold War Russia presented a chance for the growth of democracy and the acceptance of free market economics in that country. The Russian people suffered great privation through disastrous economic policies and inevitably, the country resorted to strong leadership to develop a growing sense of national pride, restore patriotism and in their minds, elevate Russian influence around the world. And we have seen this in Russian diplomacy reaching out to former allies from the communist era and making new approaches especially in South America and forging relations with the nations of Europe which were once regarded as part of the Soviet bloc. There is no shadow of doubt that the strong action was needed to keep the Russian Federation together and that action was embodied in the selection and reelection of Vladimir Putin as a two-term President.


---Alleged Russian spy ‘embarrassed’ by press coverage as ex details steamy sex life---
Jodi Lai July 5, 2010 - 3:53 pm
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07/05/alleged-russian-spy-embarrassed-by-press-coverage-as-ex-details-streamy-sex-life/

In a few short days, alleged Russian spy Anna Chapman has become one of the most talked about and most recognizable faces in the news world, a fact she has become quite embarrassed of, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The sensational coverage surrounding her and her alleged ties to a Russian spy ring seem to center around the 28-year-old’s striking beauty, which the world was able to admire thanks to photos posted on her Facebook profile, which now seems to be disabled.

Ms. Chapman’s lawyer, Robert Baum, said the woman, who has been described by headlines as “The spy who loved me,” “Femme Fatale” and “Sexy Spy,” says his client is just like any other woman her age:

“She was embarrassed by some of the photos that were obviously taken from her Facebook pages. The truth is she is probably no different than your typical single 28-year-old woman in New York City. She runs a successful business, goes out at night. She dates men, enjoys a social life.”

He said Ms. Chapman has been “very frightened” during her time in custody.

Unluckily for her, her British ex-husband Alex Chapman (they married in 2002 and separated two years later) has taken his cue to get his 15 minutes from Ms. Chapman’s press dominance by releasing sexually explicit photos (NSFW) of his ex-wife and detailing their steamy sex life for the world to gawk at.

In an interview with U.K. tabloid News of the World, he details how she seduced him when they met at a rave in London:

“I found her Russian accent such a turn-on,” says Alex, 30, who had no idea she was honing her sexy spying skills on him. “She was the most beautiful person I had ever met, with an extraordinary body, and I was infatuated with her … In the end I felt I didn’t really know her,” says Alex. “If she is a spy then she’s fallen into it because of the glitz and glamour of it all. And she used her looks to get noticed.”

He then told the tabloid about their steamy sex life and how the couple liked to experiment with sex toys:

“The sex was great and she had this incredible body. It was more about lust at first. I hadn’t met anybody like her before.”

“Anya was great in bed and she knew exactly what to do. She was awesome. For the first few months we met for sex about five days a week. We loved it.”

“We were having so much fun. We also experimented with sex toys.”

The then details how they entered the Mile High Club together:

“When we were on the plane we came up with a plan to join the mile high club. I went to the toilet first and told her to follow later and knock. Anya was wearing a denim dress so I hitched it up and we just went for it. It was fantastic because of the thrill of doing it on a plane. We were in the toilet for about 15 minutes and then one of the cabin crew knocked on the door. I said Anya had been sick and I was helping her.”

He says he was curious about Ms. Chapman’s lifestyle, which he alleges involved secret meetings and fancy outings, but told the tabloid that he had no idea she could be a spy.


---Cypriots Speculate Over Spy's Escape---
JULY 5, 2010, 10:29 A.M. ET
By ALKMAN GRANITSAS
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704699604575342991962704142.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

LARNACA, Cyprus - As police continued to search for an alleged Russian spy master who jumped bail here on Wednesday, Cypriots were dwelling on what the blunder says about their local institutions and the peculiar sway Russia holds on the island.

Ever since Russian master spy Christopher Metsos eluded police and vanished without a trace, Cyprus has been awash with rumors about his whereabouts. Many Cypriots think Mr. Metsos has since quietly slipped into the Turkish-controlled north of the war-divided Mediterranean island, which Turkey occupied following a 1974 invasion. While others suggest he may be in hiding in a friendly foreign embassy, or has already been captured by American intelligence agents who are keeping him incommunicado in a safe house somewhere close by.

U.S. officials flatly deny they are holding Mr. Metsos, but that hasn't stopped them from weighing in on the apparent blunders that led to his escape. "We are disappointed that Christopher Metsos was released on bail following his arrest in Cyprus," said State Department spokesperson Philip Crowley. "As we had feared, [having] been given unnecessarily the chance to flee, he did so."

Mr. Metsos, 54, is accused by U.S. authorities of being the paymaster for a network of Russian spies operating in the U.S. He was arrested early Tuesday by Cypriot police acting on a request from the U.S., but was allowed to go free on bail of about E26,000 ($32,600) by Cyprus District Court Judge Christos Philippou -- over the objection of government prosecutors. Within hours, Mr. Metsos had fled, leaving behind only a pair of slippers in his room at a two-star hotel in Larnaca.

The Cyprus government has described the court decision as a mistake, but many here think that politics or other factors may have played a role. Cyprus has long had cordial relations with Russia and has actively courted ties - just this year, Cypriot government ministers have made repeated official visits to Russia, while Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is expected to visit the island in October. At the same time, Russians constitute a mainstay of Cyprus' tourist economy and of its outsized banking sector.

"You will get a lot of this kind of speculation," says Theodore Couloumbis, vice president of Greek foreign policy think tank Eliamep and the author of several books on Cyprus. "There is a lot of Russian money in Cyprus and people can be bribed. At the same time, there is speculation over whether it was a conscious political choice. Most likely it was just a slip up, but can you know which of the three it was?"

Mr. Philippou, the district court judge, is seen as a competent and experienced jurist with more than a decade of experience on the bench and many more before that as a lawyer. So far, he has refused to comment on the case to the media, while efforts to speak with the judge directly in his chambers were rebuffed.

Mr. Metsos' lawyer, Michaelis Papathanassiou, says the judge acted correctly in granting bail, based on the facts of the case as presented by Cypriot government prosecutors in a 25 minute hearing midday Tuesday. He says that neither he, nor the prosecutors, fully grasped the full ramifications of the allegations against Metsos and the risk of his subsequent flight.

"In my opinion, the decision was completely correct based on the facts presented by the prosecution. The truth is, they didn't have a strong argument to order his detention," says Mr. Papathanassiou. "Since then, we have learned from the media that (Metsos) was a spymaster and that he may have had other passports and so on. But that was not said in court. If the prosecution had said that, the judge would surely have decided differently. When I think about it after the fact, and if I were the judge, I would have made the same decision."

Mr. Papathanassiou says any suggestions that the judge allowed Mr. Metsos free on bail based on political considerations is "ridiculous."

Even so, many Cypriots, who are no strangers to conspiracy theories and believe that the island has long been a pawn in Cold War politics, cling to the belief that the decision was politically motivated.

"It was complete stupidity to let him go on bail of just E26,000," says Andreas, a 50-year-old public servant who declined to give his last name for fear of repercussions. "The government let him go because they did not want to anger the Russians. The Russians are the only ones that support us in, say, the U.N. Security Council, whereas the Americans are always on our back. So why would we want to get mixed up in their politics?"

Certainly, by his demeanor, Mr. Metsos aroused no suspicions. According to Mr. Papathanassiou, in the three hours that they were together, he showed no anxiety in court and came across as "a very nice person, a very normal person."

A receptionist at the Achilleos Hotel where Mr. Metsos checked in on Tuesday afternoon after the hearing echoed those remarks. "There was nothing strange about him," she said without giving her name. "He was very polite and friendly, he didn't stand out in any way. He behaved just like any other tourist coming on holiday to Cyprus."

However, his stay at the hotel was brief. According to the receptionist, he paid E630 up front for a two-week stay with a Visa card, then retreated to his room and posted a Do Not Disturb sign on his door. Sometime during the night, she reckons, he left the hotel, although no one saw him leave. The slippers he left behind were found the next day when the police searched his room. They remain wrapped in a plastic bag behind the front counter.

"I think he's probably left the island by now. If he was a spy then he must have had a means to escape. After all, he wasn't just some ordinary thief," she says. "But I don't think he will be coming back for his slippers."

---Alleged Spy Former Husband 'Suspicious' - Anna Chapman Bedroom Secrets Revealed---
By Jess Snow
Jul 5, 2010
http://www.nationalledger.com/ledgerdc/article_272633031.shtml

Anna Chapman's ex-husband is talking. Alex Chapman, the ex-husband of the sexy-redhead now accused of being a Russian spy says he had suspicions about his wife's cloak and dagger behavior as they were on the verge of splitting and has also revealed some of her secrets in the bedroom, talking about their most intimate moments.

He claimed his wife was good at sex, was kinky, talented and had a killer body. "Anya was great in bed and she knew exactly what to do," said Alex Chapman.

"The sex was great and she had this incredible body." He went on to reveal the accused spy was wild between the sheets and like to experiment with sex toys.
***
Once she left the bedroom, she was cautious of her meetings with some of her friends and that made the husband suspicious.

According to CNN, Chapman said he "had suspicions she was being 'conditioned' by shadowy contacts by the time their marriage broke down in 2005."

More details on the report including video from CNN

Chapman is one of 10 suspects arrested this week in the US as part of an alleged Russian spy ring. She was denied bail and has her next hearing July 27.


---Richard and Cynthia Murphy: 'suburbia's Spies Next Door'---
By Toby Harnden in Montclair, New Jersey
Published: 10:00PM BST 04 Jul 2010
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7871348/Richard-and-Cynthia-Murphy-suburbias-Spies-Next-Door.html

On the surface, Richard and Cynthia Murphy seemed utterly at home in the wholesome, leafy New Jersey suburb of Montclair.

At weekends, she would tend the garden and sometimes baked Brownies or cookies in the shape of the Statue of Liberty. He might paint the shutters on their 1950 home or grill hamburgers on the deck out back while sipping a cold Bud Lite.

Their daughters, Kate, 11, and Lisa, nine, who both wore blonde ponytails, would race around on their bikes or play hopscotch with the other neighbourhood kids. Kate loved poetry and won Second Prize in the school Spelling Bee competition. Lisa played the piano and on Mother's Day made a card with the words "Mom", "Mother" and "Mommy" all over it and "Daddy" in one corner.

Both girls were good at languages - Kate was awarded a proficiency certificate for her Spanish while Lisa was starting a school programme in Chinese.

Every weekend, the 30-something couple and their daughters could be seen through the front window of the Montclair Char-Broil Diner eating pancakes and French toast as the girls pestered their favourite waitress Molly for quarters to use in the bubblegum machine. On weekdays, Cindy - as everyone called her - would return from Manhattan on the 66 bus clutching flowers or freshly-baked bread.

Outside the rose-coloured clapboard and shingles home owned by the Murphys was parked the 1998 green Honda Civic they had been driving for more than 10 years. Inside was a cheerful jumble of ordinary life - cookbooks, Ikea catalogues, Harry Potter DVDs and a fridge with lots of notes and magnets. It was a life straight out of "Leave it to Beaver" or "The Brady Bunch" that seemed as happy as it was mundane.

Last Sunday evening, Kate Murphy returned home from a friend's birthday party clutching an animal balloon to find armed FBI agents swarming around 31 Marquette Road. Inside, Lisa was being comforted by a female officer as the house was turned upside down.

In an instant, the lives of the two young Murphy girls had been shattered and their comfortable American existence proved, according to prosecutors, to have been an illusion. The girls themselves, it was later argued in court, were part of the elaborate deception of their parents, Russian spies sent by Moscow to infiltrate the circles that financial and political policy-makers moved in.

The FBI feared that Richard Murphy might have been preparing to flee. When they arrested him, they also seized two maps of Costa Rica. By Monday, he might have disappeared to Central America and beyond, perhaps never to see his Montclair family again.

At the same time as the Marquette Road swoop, a string of other arrests were taking place in Boston, Manhattan and northern Virginia, The other suspects being rounded up included Anna Chapman, a girl about Manhattan with dyed-red hair who had gained a British passport from her failed marriage to a company director she'd met at a Docklands nightclub in 2001. Her father Vasily Kushchenko, she'd told her former husband Alex, had been a senior KGB officer.

Mikhail Semenko, 28, known as Misha, was the first to be arrested when FBI agents swooped on his run-down apartment in the Washington DC suburb of Arlington, Virginia. Twenty minutes earlier, Carla Gonzalez, a neighbour, had seen him disposing of boxes, he was being dragged away by the FBI, a t-shirt pulled up over his head.

The day before, it was alleged, Semenko had been observed leaving a newspaper containing $5,000 in a "Dead Drop" ordered by an undercover FBI agent posing as a Russian. Of the 10 suspects, only he, Chapman, also 28, and a Far Left Spanish-language journalist called Vicky Perlaez, 55, were living under their real names.

Back in Marquette Road, as the neighbours stood around speculating whether the crime was white-collar fraud or perhaps high-end drug dealing, the "Murphys" (a safe deposit box contained a false birth certificate for him and negatives of her as a young woman in Russia) were led away in handcuffs.

To the "Moscow Centre" or "C" - headquarters of the SVR, the successor to the KGB - Richard Murphy was known as "A" and his wife as "N". FBI documents refer to them as simply "the New Jersey conspirators" - sleeper agents who were part of an "Illegals network" living under deep cover in the US.

They allegedly communicated with "C" by means of "steganography", in which encrypted data is inserted into images on public websites, sending more than 100 messages to Moscow.

Just as the apparently unremarkable suburban lives of the Murphys were apparently a cover for their espionage activities, the mundane web pictures they allegedly used were a mask for the fruits of their clandestine mission - pictures that could literally be worth a thousand words.

The teenage girl who lived next door at Number 33 watched the scene as a bewildered Kate and Lisa were taken out by family friends wearing backpacks and clutching pillows. Their mother, she observed, seemed entirely composed. "It was like, 'OK, I know exactly what this is and I am not saying anything. I have pride'."

In hindsight, she noted as she sat on the kerb outside the Murphys' house painting her toenails, the family had seemed almost too perfect. "They seemed to have taken a class in Suburbia 101." And their pronounced Eastern European accents sat uneasily with the Irish surname. "You wondered but you didn't pry," the teenager said. "That's rude."

Alan Sokolov, 67, a retired government official who lives at Number 37, said: "I noticed an accent but the children were so fair I thought she was Scandinavian." Across the street at Number 34, Robert Fonkalsrud, 43, a civil engineer, said that Cindy had told his wife she was Belgian.

"I was trying to talk to her about the World Cup and I said, 'I didn't see Belgium in it'. She looked at me kind of funny so I said, 'I guess you don't know sports'. I guess she didn't know Belgium either."

The neighbours now recall that just before the arrests there were a lot of strangers walking dogs in the street and the gas company seemed to be digging up Marquette Road for no discernible reason.

And then there was the fact that Number 29, next door to the Murphys, had suddenly been vacated by a couple who had said they were emigrating to Canada. The couple had moved into the house at the same time as the Murphys, had children the same ages and seemed to have gone out of their way to befriend them.

The scuttlebutt among the neighbours was that the FBI had been using Number 29 as a listening post - a consensus solidified on Friday by the presence of several taciturn men drilling and sanding in upper rooms and taking bags of items away. One smiled wryly and refused to utter a word when asked if he had known the Murphys.

Elizabeth Lapin, a poetry professor who lives at Number 39, stopped outside the Murphy house as she walked her Yorkshire terrier Stella and mused about what had gone on inside. "We thought it was great that he was a stay at home dad but I suppose that gave him time to do other things."

According to the FBI, the couple known as the Murphys moved to the United States from Russia in the mid-1990s. They previously lived in an apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey and moved to Marquette Road in 2008. Their true identities remain a mystery. "You begin to question everything," said Mr Sokolow.

"Were they really married or were they a pulled-together couple? Are the daughters really their children? The overriding feeling is how sad it is for their girls and concern about what's going to happen to them."

Richard Murphy is viewed by the FBI as the possible leader of the Illegals in the US. He often met Russian diplomats and engaged in "brush passes" with Christopher Metsos, in his mid-50s, suspected to be Moscow's money man and who jumped bail in Cyprus last week after being freed pending extradition proceedings to the US.

Ostensibly a New Jersey house husband, in fact Murphy worked full time for Moscow once he had walked his children to the school bus. He travelled and met "M" - living in the US as "Michael Zottoli" and also arrested in Arlington last week - in Brooklyn, Central Park and Seattle.

After his arrest, "M" disclosed his true identity to be Mikhail Kutzik while that of his wife, known as "Patricia Mills" as Natalia Pereverzeva. They have already made arrangements for their sons aged three and one to be looked after by relatives in Russia.

When Murphy met "M", he would be instructed to exchange coded greetings. In Seattle in 2004, Murphy was to say that "Uncle Paul loves you" and "M" to respond that it was "wonderful to be Santa Claus in May".

In Brooklyn last year, Murphy was told to say: "Excuse me, didn't we meet in Bangkok in April last year?" The reply from "M" was to be: "I don't know about April but I was in Thailand in May of that year." After this exchange duly took place, Murphy handed over a memory card and $150,000 - half of the money he had received in a "brush pass" with a Russian diplomat at White Plains station on New York's Harlem line.

This year, Murphy flew to Moscow via Rome and Milan. In Italy he picked up the false Irish passport in the name of Eunan Gerard Doherty from a Russian operative who asked him "Excuse me could we have met in Malta in 1999." Murphy's reply was: "Yes, indeed I was in Valetta but in 2000."

Murphy carried a copy of "Time" magazine so he could be recognised. Murphy was instructed to buy a latop, which he did in Manhattan using the name "David Hiller". He then flew to Rome with the laptop. The laptop was later given by Murphy to "M" in Brooklyn.

But Murphy appears to have been a disgruntled spy. In 2002, he let fly with what the FBI described as "a series of frustrations about his work" to Metsos, who responded acidly: "Well, I'm so happy I'm not your handler." Metsos then gave Murphy $40,000 in cash as well as a bank card and PIN.

When Murphy met "M" to give him the laptop four months ago, he told him: "They don't understand what we go through over here."

Richard Murphy's defence lawyer Donna Newman described the case against him as "a lot of hyperpole". He went to school meetings, made his daughters lunch and took them camping, she said, and the notion that he was betraying American secrets was improbable. "What circles other than kindergarten play dates was he in?" Cindy Murphy had a full-time job at Morea Financial Services, a firm in lower Manhattan that offered tax advice, earning $135,000 a year, as well as studying for an MBA that was awarded in May. One of her "targets" was Alan Patricof, a client and New York financier who was a political donor to Bill Clinton and a friend of Hillary Clinton.

She was praised by "C" for a report on the global gold market and told to spy on teachers and students, reporting on "their detailed personal data and character traits. Preliminary conclusions about their potential (vulnerability) to be recruited by Service". Especially valuable, she was told, was information on students who were applying for or had been accepted by the CIA.

Moscow appeared concerned that the Murphys might be embracing suburban life a little too enthusiastically. In 2009, there was a dispute over who should own their Montclair house, with the Murphys protesting that owning it was "convenient" and a "natural progression of our prolonged stay here" and should not be seen as any "deviation from the original purpose of our mission".

Whether the attitude of the Murphys towards Russia changed over the years or whether they remembered, as "C" felt it necessary to remind them, that "the only goal and task of our service and of all of us is security of our country" remains unknown.

On another occasion last year they were told: "You were sent to USA for long-term service trip. Your education, bank accounts, car, house - all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission...to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US and send intels [intelligence reports] to C."

Court documents state that Kate and Lisa Murphy, who are American citizens by virtue of their presumed birth in the US, had no "inkling that their parents, are in fact, Russian secret agents" despite years of "extensive electronic and physical surveillance of the people who call themselves the Murphys".

There are other children who were the apparent unwitting victims of their parents alleged espionage. In Boston, "Donald Heathfield" - in fact the identity of a dead Canadian - and his wife Tracey Foley - both in their late 40s - brought up two sons, Tim, now 20 and a student at George Washington University, and Alex, 16.

In New York, "Juan Lazaro", who admitted this was a false name and he was in fact Russian, told investigators that although he loved his 17-year-old son "he would not violate his loyalty to the 'Service' even for his son".

Having been alleged props in their parents' "cover", Kate and Lisa Murphy may now find themselves being used as leverage against the couple, who face 25-year sentences, by prosecutors.

Access to children is often a key factor in plea bargains and the FBI is keen to secure cooperation in order to learn more about Russian spying. It could be a poignant test of whether parenthood trumps the motherland.

The residents of Marquette Road bear little ill will towards the Murphys. "It's such a throwback to the Cold War," said Mr Sokolow. "If they'd been from the Middle East we'd all worry about it being Taliban or al-Qaeda. But this is more bizarre than scary and it seems very amateurish."

Mr Fonkalsrud said: "I'd rather have Russian spies as neighbours than a paedophile. The Murphys were true suburbanites. They seemed to genuinely love their kids and I think they probably enjoyed their American life here."

Eventually, the Murphys may have had to make a choice between Russia and their American life, which is now at an end no matter what the outcome of their case is.

One day, their daughters will no doubt ponder what priority they truly had in their parents' lives. Eventually, they will be able to decide whether they want to be Americans, as they have been born and brought up to be, or Russians and live in a strange land they might soon be getting to know.


---MI5 investigates Russian sleeper cells in UK---
By Andy Bloxham and Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
Published: 10:00PM BST 04 Jul 2010
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/7871308/MI5-investigates-Russian-sleeper-cells-in-UK.html

MI5 is investigating whether the Russian intelligence service channelled money into Britain to fund several spy “sleeper” cells.

The Security Service is exploring the sources of funding secured by Anna Chapman, 28, an alleged Russian spy arrested in the US last week who spent five years in London.

MI5 is looking at whether Mrs Chapman was able to use Moscow’s money to recruit sleeper agents during the five years she spent in London.

Experts believe a number of agents are living in Britain under assumed identities with espionage activity thought to be at similar levels to during the Cold War.

Sleepers can spend many years leading apparently normal lives and burrowing into the fabric of society until they are “activated” for service and exploit their position.

It has been speculated that forces in the Russian government are providing their agents with apparent wealth to allow them to mix more easily with the rich and powerful.

Mrs Chapman’s British ex-husband, Alex, told The Daily Telegraph she had never been materialistic but changed dramatically towards the end of their relationship and became very interested in money and status.

The woman, whose father worked for the KGB, moved to Kensington, one of the most exclusive parts of London, while earning around L25,000 - a relatively small sum considering the price of local rents.

She began to spend money on designer clothes by Prada and Gucci; had a diamond Cartier watch worth around L17,000 and a platinum Bulgari ring; and attended film premieres, Mr Chapman said.

At the same time, she became a regular visitor to society clubs such as Annabel’s and Tramp and began to mix with prominent businessmen, including the retail billionaire Philip Green and Vincent Tchenguiz, the property billionaire.

Businessman Wayne Sharpe, 53, who remembers her from that period, said: “She was in touch with the high-end set - some seriously powerful people.”

Mr Chapman said: “She never had any money and wasn’t interested in possessions. Then suddenly she was living in a L1,500 a month, one bed flat opposite the Natural History Museum and going out in Prada and Gucci.

“After she went to the US, her business started earning millions of dollars in a few months and I don’t know how anyone can do that so quickly.”

The FBI is currently understood to be investigating whether an online property firm she established in 2006 was given $1m (L658,000) from the Russian government.

Mrs Chapman told business journalists that she received the sum from the Kremlin’s Department of Support for Small Business and Agency for Developing Innovative Business.

Oleg Gordiesvsky, a former KGB spy who was London bureau chief from 1974 to 1985, said he thought it likely that Mrs Chapman could have been recruited to the service while in Britain.

He said her role - like that of the half dozen sleepers operating during his time - would include trying to move into influential circles.

He said: “When they speak better English, they start cultivating contacts according to which specialism they work in - political, security or technological.

“Political is the most difficult because it is hard to get to MPs and Foreign Office officials, and technical is the easiest because there are so many industries in Britain to work on.”

Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, said: “The successor organisations to the KGB are every bit as active as their predecessor.

“Are the Russians up to the same sort of thing in Britain? You bet they are.”

There are thought to be around 35 spies based in the Russian Embassy using diplomatic cover but MI5 is concerned that several more “illegal” Russian spies could be working under assumed identities.

MI5, which sent an agent to interview Mr Chapman last week, is also exploring his ex-wife’s business contacts, including Ken Sharpe, a multimillionaire said to have British, South African and Zimbabwean passports.

Mr Sharpe was introduced to Mrs Chapman by her father, Vasily Kushchenko, a former member of the KGB who was posted to Zimbabwe as a member of the diplomatic staff in Harare and now works in the Kremlin.

Mr Sharpe - who sells vodka bottles to Russia - made Mr Chapman a director of his firm Southern Union, a registered charity which transferred “gargantuan” amounts of money between the UK and Zimbabwe.

However, just one month after their divorce, he pushed Mr Chapman out of the firm.

Mr Sharpe, who is 37, has lived in south east London as recently as October 2007. His Russian wife’s name is Joanne, 44, whose maiden name is Ludmilla Nikolaivian Parhomenko.

Mr Sharpe said: "I have not heard from MI5. Southern Union in the UK was not my company."

Southern Union now has one listed director: Steven Sugden, who lives in Dublin. He has denied any involvement with the company and said he was listed as a director without his knowledge.

Mrs Chapman was arrested in the US last week as part of an 11-strong suspected spying ring.

Two of the other suspects, Richard and Cynthia Murphy, who were living in a middle-class suburb of New Jersey, reportedly bought their $420,000 (L276,000) home in cash.


---露スパイ事件 逃亡中のメトソス容疑者がキーマン---
2010.7.3 18:24
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/100703/amr1007031827007-n1.htm

 【ワシントン=佐々木類】ロシアのスパイ11人が米連邦捜査局(FBI)に訴追された事件で、地中海東部キプロスで逮捕、保釈されたあと逃亡中のメトソス容疑者(55)が、ロシアと米国内のスパイをつなぐキーマンだったことが判明した。ただ、ネット上に自身の写真を掲載し「美しすぎる女スパイ」と米国内で話題が沸騰しているアンナ・チャップマン容疑者(28)への関心の高まりほどに、事件の実態解明は進んでいない。
 訴状によると、メトソス容疑者は2001年2月から05年4月にかけ、彼らが“センター”と呼ぶロシア対外情報局(SVR)の指令を受け、ニュージャージー州の自称リチャード・マーフィー容疑者(39)にたびたび接触。現金4万ドル(360万円相当)を手渡すなどした。
 マーフィー容疑者は米国内のまとめ役とみられ、FBIも「容疑者#2」というコード名で呼び監視を強めていた。暗号機能が付いた特殊ソフトが組み込まれたパソコンのメモリーチップをSVRから受け取り、他のスパイに渡していた。
 2日には11人のうち、バージニア州アレクサンドリアの連邦裁判所に、ワシントン中心街でおとりのFBI捜査官と接触し現金5000ドル(45万相当)を授受していたセメンコ容疑者ら3人が出廷した。検察側の訴状によると、このうち2容疑者は、ロシア国籍をもち夫婦を装い偽名を使っていたことを認めた。
 セメンコ容疑者について、同じアパートに住む男性(51)は産経新聞に「(同容疑者が逮捕された)6月27日にFBIが来た。ふだんはあまり見かけないが、女性と同居し、音楽をかけていた」と語った。勤務していた旅行代理店の女性職員は「取材に応じられない。彼のことは知らない」と口を閉ざした。
 11人の容疑は、米軍の機密情報を不正に獲得したスパイ容疑ではなく、不法な政治活動やマネーロンダリング(資金洗浄)。容疑者らが具体的にどんな機密情報を“センター”に送っていたのか、なお詳細は判然としない。
 一方、米「FOXテレビ」は、ネット上で「赤毛のロシアスパイvsボンドガール」というコーナーを設け、チャップマン容疑者と、映画007に登場する女性スパイの写真を並べてみせた。27日の逮捕前日におとりのFBI捜査官が同容疑者に接触し、彼女が2日以内にモスクワへ逃亡する意思を確認し、それが一斉逮捕の端緒となった。
 彼女はフェースブックに、肌を露わにしたポーズ写真を掲載しスパイらしからぬ大胆な行動もとった。


---「ロシア人」と認める供述 スパイ容疑夫婦、偽名も---
2010.7.3 11:14
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/100703/amr1007031115000-n1.htm

 ニューヨークの米連邦地検は2日、ロシアのスパイとして訴追された男女グループのうちバージニア州在住の夫婦が、自分たちはロシア人で偽名を使って暮らしていたと認める供述をしたことを明らかにした。
 夫婦の保釈審理を前に地検が裁判所に提出した書面で明らかにした。夫婦は、スパイ活動および資金洗浄謀議の容疑で訴追されている。
 書面によると、夫婦の実名は、夫ミハエル・クツィク容疑者、妻ナタリア・ペレベルゼバ容疑者。子どもが2人いる。
 家宅捜索の結果、夫婦が借りている二つの貸金庫から計10万ドル(約880万円)の現金や偽名の旅券が見つかった。夫婦の自宅からは、別の容疑者がモスクワから持ち帰って夫に渡したパソコンが押収された。(共同)


---女スパイの父は元KGB---
2010.7.3 01:30
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/europe/100703/erp1007030132000-n1.htm

 米連邦捜査局(FBI)がロシアの工作員として訴追した女スパイ、アンナ・チャップマン容疑者(28)の元夫の英国人が英紙に対し、同容疑者は英国での結婚生活中に、旧ソ連国家保安委員会(KGB)の幹部だった父親を通じてスパイの道に入ったとの見方を示した。
 「私を愛したスパイ」との見出しと結婚式の写真を1面に大きく掲げた英紙デーリー・テレグラフによると、元夫のアレックス・チャップマンさん(30)は、元妻から父親はKGBの幹部だったと聞いたと証言。
 結婚した2002年に、ロシアの外交官としてジンバブエに赴任していた同容疑者の父親と会ったことがあり、「非常に怖い(人物)」という印象を持ったという。また、父親は同容疑者に強い影響力を持っていたと語った。(共同)


---露スパイ、1人が容疑認める---
2010.7.2 19:55
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/europe/100702/erp1007022000007-n1.htm

 米CNNテレビ(電子版)によると、米連邦捜査局(FBI)にロシアの工作員として訴追された男女11人のうち、男1人がスパイ行為を認めていることが1日、連邦検察が裁判所に提出した供述書で分かった。
 容疑を認めたのはフアン・ラザロ容疑者。CNNが入手した供述書によると、同容疑者は(1)ニューヨーク州にある自宅の購入費用はロシア対外情報局(SVR、旧KGB)が負担(2)ラザロは偽名(3)自分がウルグアイ生まれというのは事実と異なる(4)息子は大切だが、それ以上に情報局への忠誠が重要-と語った。
 同容疑者の妻(訴追済み)も、夫の代わりにSVR工作員に文書を手渡すなどの役割を果たしたという。
 同容疑者は1日、ニューヨークの連邦裁判所で開かれた保釈をめぐる審理に出廷した。(共同)

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