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Spy Obsession

“She is quite sexy, you could say, but she is not a spy,” says attorney Scott Palmer of his client Anna Fermanova, who was arrested in mid-July after allegedly attempting to smuggle restricted millitary night-vision equipment from the United States to Russia. While the Latvian-born Fermanova awaits a hearing in New York, American media, alerted to the story by the Smoking Gun, are already drawing comparisons to Anna Chapman. Like in Chapman’s case, Fermanova’s coquettish Facebook photos are being republished on news sites at a furious pace. Meanwhile, Gawker wonders: “Is this a viral marketing campaign for Salt or something?”