Robert Hanssen

Fbi Agent Convicted of Espionage
Born Apr 18, 1944

Robert Philip Hanssen is a former American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States for 22 years from 1979 to 2001. As of 2012, he is serving a life sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.… Read More

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1944 Birth Born on April 18, 1944.


1962 18 Years Old He graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1962 and went on to attend Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1966. … Read More


1968 24 Years Old Hanssen met Bernadette "Bonnie" Wauck, a staunch Roman Catholic, while attending dental school at Northwestern. The couple married in 1968, and Hanssen converted from Lutheranism to his wife's Catholicism, becoming a fervent believer and being extensively involved in the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei.
1971 27 Years Old Hanssen received an MBA in accounting and information systems in 1971 and took a job with an accounting firm. … Read More


1976 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1976, he left the police department to join the FBI.
1978 34 Years Old In 1978, Hanssen and his growing family (of three children and eventually six) moved to New York City when the FBI transferred him to its field office there. … Read More
1979 35 Years Old In 1979, only three years after joining the FBI, Hanssen approached the Soviet GRU and offered his services. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old In 1981, Hanssen was transferred to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. and moved to the suburb of Vienna, Virginia. … Read More


1985 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Hanssen was again transferred to the FBI's field office in New York, where he continued to work in counter-intelligence against the Soviets. … Read More
1987 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Hanssen compromised the FBI investigation of Felix Bloch, a State Department official who had come under suspicion for espionage. … Read More
1990 - 1991 2 More Events
1993 49 Years Old Hanssen continued to take risks in 1993, when he hacked into the computer of a fellow FBI agent, Ray Mislock, printed out a classified document from Mislock's computer, and took the document to Mislock, saying, "You didn't believe me that the system was insecure." … Read More


1994 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Hanssen expressed interest in a transfer to the new National Counterintelligence Center, which coordinated counter-intelligence activities. … Read More
1998 54 Years Old In November 1998, they had a man with a foreign accent come to Kelley's door, warn him that the FBI knew he was a spy and tell him to show up at a Metro station the next day in order to escape. … Read More
1999 55 Years Old In 1999, the FBI even interrogated Kelley, his ex-wife, two sisters and three children. … Read More
2000 56 Years Old 1 More Event
After the Russian stole the file from SVR headquarters, the FBI agreed to pay US$7 million for the file and set up the Russian and his family with new identities in the U.S. In November 2000, the FBI finally obtained the file, consisting of a package the size of "a medium-sized suitcase." … Read More
In January 2001, Hanssen was given an office and an assistant, Eric O'Neill, who in reality was a young FBI agent who had been assigned to watch Hanssen. … Read More
On May 10, 2002, he was sentenced to fifteen consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. "I apologize for my behavior. … Read More


2007 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Eric O'Neill's role in the capture of Robert Hanssen was dramatized in the 2007 film Breach, in which Chris Cooper played the role of Hanssen and Ryan Phillippe played O'Neill.
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