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FBI releases Russian spy videos from "Operation Ghost Stories" (VIDEO)

The FBI has released surveillance videos, documents and photos from its 10-year investigation into Russian espionage in the United States, dubbed "Operation Ghost Stories."

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Former Russian spy Anna Chapman was at the center of the biggest spy crisis between the United States and Russia since the Cold War as one of the US-based 'sleeper' agents who were exchanged in a dramatic spy swap. (SERGEI KARPUKHIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The FBI on Monday released a treasure trove of surveillance videos, documents and photos of its investigation into Russian spies in the United States.

The decade-long case, dubbed "Operation Ghost Stories," culminated in the arrests of 10 Russian spies last year, and "provided a chilling reminder that espionage on U.S. soil did not disappear when the Cold War ended," the FBI said on its website.

The material was released by the FBI after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

"The highly publicized case also offered a rare glimpse into the sensitive world of counterintelligence and the FBI’s efforts to safeguard the nation from those who would steal our vital secrets," the FBI said.

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In one of the FBI videos, then-Russian spy Anna Chapman — who has since hosted a weekly TV show in Russia — meets an undercover agent at a coffee shop in New York City. 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/111031/fbi-russian-spy-videos-anna-chapman-operation-ghost-stories