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Ex Russian spy proposes to NSA whistleblower

Bombshell Anna Chapman tweets ‘marriage proposal’ to Snowden

Ex Russian spy proposes to NSA whistleblower
Was she serious? Chapman caused a media firestorm with her marriage tweet.

Ex Russian spy Anna Chapman has proposed marriage to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, online media reported over the weekend.

Snowden is currently stuck without travel documents in Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, awaiting the outcome of multiple applications for political asylum. He is charged by US authorities with two offences under the US Espionage Act and with the theft of government property.

Chapman was arrested in New York in 2010 as part of a sting operation on a Russian espionage ring. She was deported to her country of origin as part of a prisoner exchange, but not before she became tabloid fodder because of her supermodel looks. She now works as a model and TV host.

"Snowden, will you marry me?!" she reportedly tweeted on Wednesday, following up with "@nsa will you look after our children?" in one of the stranger twists to have unfolded as part of the Snowden drama.

Asked by the Wall Street Journal if she was serious, Chapman replied: "you are welcome to use your imagination".

The WSJ reported that Russian Protest Movement activist Maria Baranova had likewise proposed to Snowden, tweeting "I would also like to offer Snowden my heart and mostly my passport! Edward! Marry Me!" However, unlike Chapman, her statements to WSJ leaned towards the possibility that she had tweeted in jest.

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