'Spy' Looks Normal, Goofy on Facebook

Spy flap spurs talk of banning 007s from social media
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 30, 2010 5:49 AM CDT
Like fellow accused spy Anna Chapman, Mikhail Semenko has an extensive Facebook presence.   (www.facebook.com)

(Newser) – Mikhail Semenko's co-workers found him clumsy and awkward, but on Facebook he looks like a pretty sociable guy. The accused Russian spy's profile features pics of him mugging with friends in a Bill Clinton mask and a USSR T-shirt, Gawker reports, as well as just chatting at parties with beer in hand. Semenko and fellow 20-something spy Anna Chapman are present on LinkedIn as well, and Chapman also has a Twitter feed.

News of the plugged-in spies adds to calls in the intelligence community to ban agents from using social media, Marc Ambinder writes in the Atlantic. Facebook and its ilk are considered a "counterintelligence risk of the first order," Ambinder notes, and operatives receive no training in how to figure out who the bad guys on Facebook might be.
(Read more Anna Chapman stories.)

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