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Chapman's Lawyer Says She's Not a Committed Spy

  • This undated image taken from the Russian social networking website "Odnoklassniki", or Classmates, shows a woman journalists have identified as Anna Chapman, who appeared at a hearing Monday, June 28, 2010 in New York federal court. Chapman, along with 10 others, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. attorney general.

    This undated image taken from the Russian social networking website "Odnoklassniki", or Classmates, shows a woman journalists have identified as Anna Chapman, who appeared at a hearing Monday, June 28, 2010 in New York federal court. Chapman, along with 10 others, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. attorney general.  (AP)

  • This undated image taken from a Facebook page shows a woman journalists have identified as Anna Chapman, who appeared at a hearing Monday, June 28, 2010 in New York federal court. Chapman, along with 10 others, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. attorney general (AP).

    This undated image taken from a Facebook page shows a woman journalists have identified as Anna Chapman, who appeared at a hearing Monday, June 28, 2010 in New York federal court. Chapman, along with 10 others, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. attorney general (AP).

WASHINGTON -- The lawyer for one of the woman who pleaded guilty in a Cold War-era style U.S.-Russia spy case says she did so to get out of jail.

Robert Baum also maintains in a nationally broadcast interview that whatever tasks Anna Chapman carried out over the past several years for her Russian handlers were "minimal under the statute with which she was charged."

Baum told ABC television on Friday that "the only conduct that anybody ever claimed she ever did was to communicate on a laptop with an agent of the Russian Federation." He acknowledged she violated the law but insisted she gave the Russians "no secrets whatsoever."

Chapman is the red-haired woman whose sultry photos gleaned from social-networking sites made her a tabloid sensation.