Lawyers defending a woman accused of being a Russian spy have mocked the British government's case against her as one based on a joke.
Britain is seeking to deport 26-year-old Ekaterina Zatuliveter, a former parliamentary researcher, saying she targeted her lawmaker employer and passed information to Russian intelligence.
She denies the charges. Her lawyer, Tim Owen, told a hearing Thursday the allegations were baseless and the only evidence stemmed from a joke Zatuliveter made.
Owen said the Russian had written in an email that she had managed to "disable the work of half of NATO" by distracting a NATO official she was having an affair with.
Zatuliveter's former employer, Mike Hancock, denies passing her any classified information.