Anna Chapman, Ex-Russian Spy, Walks Out Of NBC Interview When Asked About Proposal To Edward Snowden
Anna Chapman, an ex-Russian spy turned Russian celebrity, recently walked out of an interview with NBC News after being asked about her Twitter marriage proposal to Edward Snowden.
Chapman, a Russian spy arrested in the U.S. in 2010 and deported back to Russia, agreed to the interview to promote her television show, Mysteries of the World, about ghosts and aliens.
Chapman appears quiet and reserved in the interview, and, in fact, as interviewer Richard Engel points out, Chapman is known for being very private.
“You lived a very mysterious life. One you still don’t like talking about. And now you’re on television… Does that seem strange to you?” Engel asked.
“I’m a very private, discreet person and I still don’t do many interviews because I just don’t like to share. I don’t believe that people would be interested in knowing about somebody’s life,” Chapman answered.
Engel continued to ask Chapman about her private life, bringing up her very public marriage proposal to Edward Snowden following his leaking of NSA documents and fleeing from the U.S. Snowden currently has temporary asylum in Russia.
Snowden, will you marry me?!
— Anna (@ChapmanAnna) July 3, 2013
Chapman refused to answer and Engel tried to rephrase the question, simply asking if the proposal was serious or a Twitter stunt, but, again, Chapman refused to answer. When Engel pressed her, Chapman apologized and said that she wanted them to cut the film and stop the interview.
“I’m not going to discuss this…Can we cut this,” Chapman said.
On the Today show, which aired the segment on Monday, Engel explained that he felt that Chapman had been told not to address such topics as Snowden and her spy past.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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