Britain's government said Tuesday that one of the key figures in the U.S.-Russia spy case has had her British citizenship revoked.
"The Home Secretary has the right to deprive dual nationals of their British citizenship and, once deprived, to exclude them from the UK where she considers that to do so would be conducive to the public good," the government statement said.
Twenty-eight-year-old Anna Chapman was among suspects who pleaded guilty in New York to a charge of procuring information for a foreign government. The sleeper agent was sent to Russia from the United States on Friday in a spy swap.
Chapman, whose sultry photos gleaned from social-networking sites made her a tabloid sensation, previously lived in Britain and held both a U.K. passport and British citizenship following a marriage to a British man. The couple later divorced.