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Chapman stripped of British citizenship

The British government has stripped Russian spy Anna Chapman of her British citizenship and revoked her passport, citing her guilty plea in U.S federal court for conspiring to violate the Foreign Agent Registration statute.

Chapman's New York lawyer, Robert M. Baum, said he received notification earlier today from the British Home Secretary. The letter said the decision was taken based on information "that could not be made public based on interests of national security," Baum said.

He sent the notice to Chapman in Moscow with the advice that she contact a lawyer in London if she wants to appeal the British decision. Chapman gained British citizenship through her marriage in 2002 to Alex Chapman a British businessman she met four months earlier. They were divorced four years later.

Before leaving the U.S. in the spy swap last Friday, the 28-year-old had told Baum she might want to relocate to London.

By Walter Pincus  | July 13, 2010; 4:59 PM ET
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Take her back she's a babe

Posted by: southportwave | July 13, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

If I controlled a country, she'd be first lady.

Posted by: kenk3 | July 13, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we, the common people, just have a problem identifying who represents a real threat and who does not. Vatican City and the Holy See claims "sovereign status" and has agents at all levels which are obligated to follow edicts of the Holy See over those of the states the agents are in. The Holy See claims co-equal sovereign power with all legitimate governments which begs the question just who the sovereign really is. The priests and Bishops take their instruction from Rome and the "Emporer" located there. The latest trick moves to watch is the Holy Sees actions in joining the Palestinian regime to sue Israel for the return??? of all church properties??? and the right of return for Palestinian peoples. This would be the diplomatic death of Israel. Send Anna back to the US of A and let Russia have all the long-robed thugs who are actively engaged in behavior potentially harmful to the legitimate interest of the US.

Posted by: SwiftEagle | July 14, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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