Hedge Fund Spy Returns To Russia In Prisoner Exchange

Jul 9 2010 | 11:59am ET

The Cold War resumed, if just for a moment, in the fitting setting of Vienna, as Russian spy and former hedge fund secretary Anna Chapman and nine others were exchange for four convicted spies held by Russia.

Chapman, a former personal assistant to Nicholas Camilleri, CEO of London-based hedge fund Navigator Asset Management Advisers, was picked up on June 28 on charges that she worked as an unregistered agent of the Russian government, after meeting with a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as a Russian agent.

Chapman and the other nine Russian spies pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges yesterday in New York and were ordered deported. They were exchanged for the four Russian prisoners at a Vienna airport, and landed in Moscow a few hours later.

Chapman and her cohorts were not accused of gathering any useful intelligence for Moscow, but not, apparently, for lack of trying. The group would communicate with their Russian contacts via invisible messages embedded in photographs posted online, and occasional meetings with Russian diplomats in New York.

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