Anna Chapman Tweets Marriage Proposal to Edward Snowden, Jabs NSA

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Friday, 05 Jul 2013 08:00 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Anna Chapman, the former Russian spy, proposed to Edward Snowden via Twitter Wednesday in what's sure to seem like a welcome proposition now that a handful of countries have denied the NSA leaker's request for asylum.

Chapman, 31, was posing as a real estate agent in the U.S. in 2010 when she was accused of being a Russian spy. She was ultimately deported in the largest prisoner swap since the Cold War and later became a pseudo-celebrity, posing for Russia's version of Maxim magazine and Playboy.

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Her tweet to Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who has been on the run ever since he spilled the news that the U.S. government has been running an Internet surveillance program, was followed up by a playful dig aimed at the NSA.

Snowden has taken refuge in Russia's Sheremetyevo Airport as he awaits responses to his 21 asylum requests. He has been in diplomatic limbo since having his U.S. passport revoked.

Snowden reportedly penned a statement published on the WikiLeaks website earlier this week.

"President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic 'wheeling and dealing' over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions," Snowden wrote. "This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me."

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