I haven’t really gone trawling the web to read about it – sorry, busy! – but I’m curious if I’m the only one who’s more than a bit suspicious of the timing of the charges being filed against Anna Chapman, the gorgeous redhead Russian alleged spy, and her partners in near-crime. The only “serious” suggestion I’ve seen is that the timing was intended to derail START treaty ratification, but I’m not sure I find that entirely plausible. (Cui bono?)
The semi-official explanation seems to be that there was reason to believe the people involved were about to leave the country, but that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, either. It’s not as if their cover were blown or their mission compromised, after all.
My first very cynical thought is that this was done purely to distract people from the Gulf Gusher disaster. Things there are only getting worse, and the television news, at least, has been increasingly covering public dissatisfaction with the government response. Should we really think it’s a coincidence that there’s suddenly the culmination of a decade-long investigation involving some incredibly mediapathic spies?
Discuss amongst yourselves.