Edward Snowden was the target of a Kremlin honey trap, the New York Post reported.
A former KGB agent said sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman was sent to seduce the US whistleblower.
Defector Boris Karpichkov said the plan was for Chapman, 32, to keep Snowden, 31, in Moscow, where he was given asylum, so that Russian agents could continue to question him about US security secrets, the newspaper said.
Snowden and Chapman met only once, Karpichkov said. But Chapman followed up with a much-retweeted Twitter message.
“Snowden,” she tweeted. “Will you marry me?!”
Karpichkov said it was part of the plan.
“But Snowden became concerned about what the consequences would be,” he told London’s Sunday People.
“If Snowden had accepted, he would have a right to Russian citizenship. That would lock him in Russia. As a citizen he’d need permission to leave.”
Chapman made headlines in 2010 when she was revealed to be part of a sleeper cell of Russian agents in the United States and her sexy personal photos went viral.
She was deported back to Russia with nine other spies.
Snowden left his longtime girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, in Hawaii when he fled the US.
They were reunited after he was granted asylum in Moscow last year.
He is wanted in the US for leaking secret details of government surveillance programs.
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