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Wondery Presents: Spy Affair


A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.

Listen today at wondery.fm/SA_DrDeath

This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
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convicted criminal. I'm about to play you a brief clip from the show, but while your listening make sure to follow spy affair and apple podcast or you can listen early and ad free by starting your free trial of wondering, plus in the wondering app loss, Guess, sin city marriage capital of the world on to him, because most beloved casinos and in July two thousand fifteen, a site what was billed as the largest libertarian conference in the country. Freedom fast thousands of business leaders, politicians, journalists, activists, finance, boroughs, flocked to planet Hollywood, hotel, among them. Was Maria Bettina, Marie it was from Russia and there with her american boyfriend Paul Eriksson. Long time, conservative campaigner there was his idea to go there
he showed me. The american political world Paul was my guide in this world, so he brought me the fate of fast. There is one last minute addition to the speakers list who was getting a lot of attention that year and suddenly start seeing the people are moving, so they commonly and Andy it's like people, like being you know they are like sign was in there. This is reason why there's not a single empty seat in the room. We have a packed house. I've never seen anything like this and for him fast, Maria and Paul settled into their chairs and the celebrity ballroom. Ladies and gentlemen, please, they wore round of applause for Donald Trump. Thank you very much. No did he say this was your biggest crowd of the weakened. It had only been a few weeks since Donald Trump had descended the golden escalator of Trump Tower to announce his run. For president in front of, crowd in LAS Vegas. He spoke for about a half.
Our the american dream is dead. What I'm going to make it big and better and stronger more than ever before, and then took questions, ok, whore. The questions where are they do have a MIKE when Maria sitting in the front row decided she should ask a question, so I can stand up the curse. who wouldn't Paul The other hands didn't It was a good idea if you really want trust. Question is, of course, why not Maria wrote, her question down on a piece of paper, says she could read out when she got to the MIKE saw, I actually as properly mean in my English now, because I was quite nervous, I'm visiting from Russia. My question good friend of Obama, Boden my Eliza, Mama microbes It will be about foreign politics. She stood before the make with no book in hand. Bays shawl draped around Her- she
I need to know what, from thought of the economic sanctions the Obama administration had imposed on Russia. If you d like to do president. Do you want to continue the politics of sanctions that are damaging both economy or you have any other ideas Trump pointed at her. I know potent and I'll. Tell you what we get along with good potent has no risk. For President Obama, big problem, big problem. I believe I would get along very nicely with afterwards, excused herself headed to them stream and made a phone call to a senior russian official she would I call it my best report. Raise questions. Trump had been brief and might have been forgotten, but much later But would look back on that moment in Vegas and ask who Maria Outina began three years after freedom, FEST Maria
Routine, undermine was arrested, federal prosecutors, claim Maria lieutenant was. Really sent by the Russian Federation to infiltrate bills the good candidates and the inner investigator say she wore to gain access to american political operatives and political groups, including the Trump campaign I step outside, and they put handcrafts on me, and there was my last then, at the fray them Maria would tell me she was no secret agent. She was a russian citizen who can so the United States to build a better relationship between few countries she loved, but government saw something different. I do not expect it, but something inside of me told me, It's gonna be very bad, because answer to that question is Maria boot Tina depends along
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Transcript generated on 2021-03-30.