A highlight from Introducing: Spy Affair
Hey listeners i wanna tell you about a new true crime miniseries. From wonder he called spy affair in two thousand sixteen news of russian interference in the american presidential election shook the nation to its core and sparked an fbi probe two years later. Maria bona an alleged russian operative sent to america to influence u. s. 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 of woman who strung a web of lies all focused on completing her primary mission influence government officials in positions of power to benefit her home country russia wonder. He's new mini series. 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 make sure to follow spy affair on apple podcast or you can listen early and ad free by starting your free trial of wondering plus in the wondering app. Las vegas sin city. The marriage capital 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 bros. Flocked to planet hollywood hotel among them was maria boutin a- 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 god it in this world so he brought me to the freedom fast. There is one last minute. Addition to the speaker's list who is 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 you know they're like sign 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. In freedom fest marie-anne paul settled into their chairs in the celebrity ballroom. Ladies and gentlemen. Please give a warm round of applause for donald trump. Thank you very much now. Did he say this was your biggest crowd of the weekend. 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 this crowd in las vegas. He spoke for about a half hour. The american dream is dead. What i'm going to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before and then took questions. Okay who are the questions. where are they. You have a mike. That's when maria sitting in the front row decided she should ask a question. So i stand up the course. Well who wouldn't do it. Paul on the other hand didn't think it was a good idea. You really want to ask questions. Like of course. Not maria question down on a piece of paper so she could read it when she got to the mic. So i would actually ask properly me and my english. You know chris. I was quite nervous. Just man. I'm visiting from russia so my question good friend of obama put my who is obama lot. 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 elected president do you want to continue the politics of sanctions. That damaging both economy. All you have any other ideas. Trump pointed at her. I know putin. And i'll tell you what we get along with. Putin has no respect for president. Obama 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 meritas questions at trump had been brief and might have been forgotten but much later people would look back on that moment in vegas and ask who is maria boutin tina because three years after freedom fest maria boot tina mind 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. I stepped outside and they put handcuffs on me and that was my last minute of freedom maria. 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 sauce. Something different a did not expect it but something inside of me told me that it's going to be very bad because the answer to the question. Who is maria boot. Tina depends a lot on who you ask don.