A highlight from Introducing: Spy Affair
Hey listeners i want to tell you about a new true crime. Miniseries from one recalled spy affair in two thousand sixteen news of russian interference in the american presidential election shook the nation to its core two years later maria boot tina and alleged russian opposition of sent to america to influence. Us politics was arrested on charges of being a foreign agent. She quickly found herself and the people around her embroiled in a massive fbi investigation. Maria would be portrayed as a spy and a woman who strung a web of lies all focused on completing primary mission influence government officials in positions of power to benefit our home country. Russia wondrous new miniseries spy affair is an inside look at the shocking true story of a woman who started her time in america with a trip to disneyland and ended it as a convicted criminal. I'm about to play you a brief clip from the show. But while you're listening you can follow spy affair on apple podcasts. Or you can listen early and ad free by starting your free. Trial of wondering plus in the wonder moss vegas sin city marriage capital of the world home to america's most beloved casinos and in july two thousand fifteen. The site of what was billed. As the largest libertarian conference in the country freedom fest. Thousands of business leaders politicians journalists activists finance froze flocked to planet. Hollywood hotel among them was maria. Tina maria was from russia and she was there with her american boyfriend. Paul erickson a longtime conservative campaigner. There was his idea to go there. He showed me the american political world. Poll was my guy in this world so he brought me to the freedom fast. There is one last minute addition to the speakers list who was getting a lot of attention that year and suddenly i start seeing. The people are moving so they come in and they it's like people like bees. They're like stein baas in there. This is the 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 freedom fest. Marie-anne tall settled into their chairs. And the celebrity ballroom. Ladies and gentlemen please give a war round of applause for donald trump. Thank you very much now. Did he say this was your biggest crowd over the weekend on a few weeks. Since donald trump had descended the golden escalator of trump tower to announce his run for president in front of this crowd in las vegas. He spoke for about a half hour. The american dream is dead. What i'm willing to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before and then took questions okay. Who are the questions. Where are they do. You have a mike. That's when maria sitting in the front row decided she should ask a question. So i stand up the chorus. Well who wouldn't do it. Paul on the other hand didn't think it was a good idea. Like you really want to question. Of course by not. Maria wrote her question down on a piece of paper so she could read it when she got to the mic. So i would actually ask properly. Main in my bush was nervous. I'm visiting from russia so my question. Good friend of obama putin my if you is my question will be about foreign politics. She stood before the mic with notebook in hand a beige shawl draped around her. She wanted to know what trump thought of the economic sanctions. The obama administration had imposed on russia. If you're would be like a president do you want to continue the politics of sanctions that damaging both economy. Or you have any other ideas. Trump pointed her. I know putin. And i'll tell you what we get along with. Putin putin has respect for president obama. Big problem big problem. I believe i would get along very nicely with putin afterwards. Maria excused herself headed to the restroom and made a phone. Call to a senior russian official. She would later call it my best report. Marie is questions. At trump had been brief and might have been forgotten but much later. People would look back on that moment in vegas ask. Who is maria. Boutin tina because three years after freedom fest. Maria boo tina was arrested. Federal prosecutors claim. Maria boutin was secretly sent by the russian federation to infiltrate political candidates. And the nra. Investigators say she worked to gain access to american political operatives and political groups including the trump campaign is step outside and they put handcuffs on me and that was my last minute of freedom. Maria will tell me she was no secret agent. She was a russian citizen who came to the united states hoping to build a better relationship between two countries she loved but the federal government saw something different. A did not expect it but something inside of me told me that it's going to be bad because the answer to the question who is maria. Tina depends a lot on who you ask.