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Anna Chapman or Anya Chapman

Anna Chapman: Our Friendly Neighbor and Russian Spy

Accused Russian Spy Anna Chapman
Accused Russian Spy Anna Chapman (Credit: Facebook)

Sitting amongst the rest of the patrons at the Tribeca Barnes and Noble, Anna Chapman would type away at her laptop just like many others in the cafe area. Except that Anna Chapman was not just like any one of us — she was a Russian spy. According to newly released reports on the arrest of 11 Russian operatives today, it was at our local Barnes and Noble in which Anna had sent messages back to her Russian spy handlers.

Although by now, the reports are internationally widespread — the 11 alleged Russian spies are not being charged with espionage.

According to the federal documents, Anna Chapman had been tailed and conducting spy communication at the book store:

“On March 17, 2010, law-enforcement agents, acting pursuant to judicial orders, performed video surveillance on a book store located in the vicinity of Greenwich and Warren Streets in Manhattan (the “Book Store”). CHAPMAN was inside the Book Store. At the same time, Russian Government Official #1 was across the street from the Book Store, carrying a briefcase. I observed CHAPMAN pull a laptop out of the Tote Bag. CHAPMAN stayed in the Book Store for approximately thirty minutes; Russian Government Official #1 was in the vicinity of the Book Store (but outside) for approximately twenty of those thirty minutes. As part of the surveillance operation, law-enforcement agents utilized a commercially available tool that can detect the presence of wireless networks. Law-enforcement agents were able to detect a particular MAC address – MAC ADDRESS A – at the time that CHAPMAN was observed powering on her laptop computer; law-enforcement agents were also able to determine that the electronic device associated with MAC ADDRESS A created the AD HOC NETWORK. Approximately three minutes after the creation of the AD HOC NETWORK, another electronic device with MAC ADDRESS B was detected joining the AD HOC NETWORK. ”

Now granted, the “Book Store” in question has not been identified as the “Tribeca Barnes and Noble,” but considering that there aren’t many other book stores on that corner — unless you want to count the cookbook section of the Whole Foods a book store, we are pretty confident it happened in our neighborhood. So while you’re cruising on Facebook in the Barnes and Noble cafe, Anna Chapman was conducting espionage communication. Pretty cool in my spy novel book.

The page could not have been written better except if Ms. Anna Chapman didn’t conduct her spy work at the Mysterious Bookshop on Chambers Street.

Although being fingered as a Russian Spy might be seen as a lesser character trait — Ms. Chapman is being portrayed in media as the “bombshell” or “sexy” spy with the fantastic Financial District apartment. If anything, we owe Ms. Chapman for lending our neighborhood with a little bit of that mysterious sexy cache. It will be interesting to see what other details of her spy work happened in and around our neighborhood.

To have another astounding glimpse at Anna Chapman not focused on in the news, check out her Linked In profile page.

If any of your friends ever have any kind of credentials that resemble hers — you should think twice about whether or not you know your said friend. 😉

Monell Study Loss of Smell Amongst WTC Workers

Ground Zero Watch: WTC Crews Lose Sense of Smell

Monell Study Loss of Smell Amongst WTC Workers
World Trade Center workers lose sense of smell

As we all recognize, first responders of the September 11th attacks had sacrificed their lives, their healths and as some doctors have found — their sense of smell.

The sense of smell is important for a human’s first line of defense against chemical poisons or spoiled foods. Nearly 22 emergency responders, construction workers and other crewmen reported a loss of smell for more than two years after their exposure to the World Trade Center site. An astounding 74% were unable to recognize irritants through smell as reported by doctors at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

If you’re thinking that this study might have been released a bit tardily, you are not incorrect. According to an article published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The findings could not be published until now, in the online edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, because it took until last year for the Mount Sinai people to extract personal histories for the over 100 subjects.” The studies indicate that there exists subsequent damage amongst the subjects olfactory nerves that may not be regained without nasal steroids and other treatments.