Anna Chapman, the former Russian spy who became a media sensation when she was exposed several years ago, refused to talk about a very public marriage proposal she made to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked classified information about United States surveillance programs to the press and fled to Russia for refuge.
On July 3, Chapman, 31, who only has about two dozen tweets, wrote, “Snowden, will you marry me?!” The 29-year-old surveillance whistleblower, who left behind a girlfriend when he fled the United States, didn’t respond.
Snowden, will you marry me?!
— Anna (@ChapmanAnna) July 3, 2013
Chapman first made headlines in 2010 when she was living in the U.S. and was arrested with nine others after she was suspected of working on an illegal spy program for the SVR (Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki), the Russian Federation’s external intelligence agency. Since her arrest and deportation to her homeland, she has become a Russian celebrity, walking down runways, appearing on the cover of magazines and most recently she was given her own television show, “Mysteries of the World.”
Chapman agreed to an interview with Richard Engel of NBC News, but she didn’t want to talk about her time in America, when she lived in New York City near Wall Street and reportedly dated prominent restaurant owner Michel Bittan.
The moment Engel brought up the tweet, albeit in a playful manner, Chapman cocked her head to the side and said, “Richard,” as if she really meant, “now we can no longer talk.” The NBC host seemed confused that Chapman would be willing to appear on camera to talk about her new television gig, but not address a tweet that was shared nearly 3,000 times on the social media site.
"I'm a very private, discreet person and I still don't do many interviews because I just don't like to share," she told Engel. "I don't believe that people would be interested in knowing about somebody's life." Then finally she said, “OK, the interview is finished. I'm sorry,” and walked away.
Check out the brief interview below: