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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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    San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 20, 2013
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    Yahoo News - Oct 02, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Jun 21, 2013
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Hanssen.


1944 Birth Born on April 18, 1944.


1962 18 Years Old Hanssen 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


1971 27 Years Old He switched his focus to business after three years, and received an MBA in accounting and information systems in 1971. … Read More


1976 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Hanssen left the department after four years, joining the FBI in January 1976. Hanssen met Bernadette "Bonnie" Wauck while he was attending dental school in Chicago. Bonnie was one of eight children from a staunchly Roman Catholic family. The couple married in 1968. … Read More
1978 - 1979 2 More Events
1980 36 Years Old Polyakov was a CIA informant for more than 20 years before his retirement in 1980, and passed enormous amounts of information to American intelligence while he rose to the rank of General in the Soviet Army. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Hanssen was nearly exposed in 1981, when Bonnie Hanssen caught her husband in their basement writing a letter to the Soviets. … Read More


1984 40 Years Old In 1984, Hanssen transferred to the Soviet analytical unit, which was directly responsible for studying, identifying, and capturing Soviet spies and intelligence operatives in the United States. … 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 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1987, Hanssen was recalled yet again to Washington. … Read More
In 1989, Hanssen compromised the FBI investigation of Felix Bloch.
1990 46 Years Old In 1990, Hanssen's brother-in-law, Mark Wauck, who was also an FBI employee, recommended to the bureau that Hanssen be investigated for espionage; this was because Bonnie Hanssen's sister Jeanne Beglis had found a pile of cash sitting on a dresser in the Hanssens' house in 1990 and then told Wauck. … Read More
1991 47 Years Old When the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, Hanssen, possibly worried that he could be exposed during the ensuing political upheaval, broke off communications with his handlers that same month and was out of contact for a time.
1992 48 Years Old He resumed his spying activities in 1992, this time for the newly formed Russian Federation. … Read More
1993 49 Years Old Hanssen continued to take risks in 1993. … Read More


1994 - 1999 4 More Events
2000 56 Years Old In November 2000, he sent his last letter to the Russians. … Read More
2001 57 Years Old 1 More Event
However, his suspicions did not stop him from making one more dead drop. After dropping off a friend at the airport on February 18, 2001, Hanssen drove to Virginia's Foxstone Park. … Read More
On May 10, 2002 he was sentenced to fifteen consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole (parole in federal sentencing was abolished by Congress in the 1980s). "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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