Svetlana Ogorodnikova, serving a prison term as a Soviet spy, told jurors in the espionage trial of her ex-lover, former FBI agent Richard W. Miller, that she was beaten bloody by Soviet agents who branded her "an American whore."
Ogorodnikova also examined classified documents placed before her on the witness stand and said she had never seen them before. The documents were those she allegedly received from Miller.
"How can I understand anything here? I haven't seen it," she said as one document was shown to her and gave similar answers about more than a dozen papers in evidence.
Earlier, she told of a June 1984 visit to Moscow during which she reported her affair with former FBI agent John Hunt to the KGB and was beaten. "I cannot remember exactly what happened," she said hesitantly, "but they took me to the militia, and they beat me up."
The government contends that she recruited Miller for Soviet espionage, telling him she was a major in the KGB and he would be paid well for classified documents. Miller is accused of giving Ogorodnikova classified documents in exchange for promises of $65,000 in gold and cash. A jury deadlock in November forced this retrial.