Robert Hanssen
FBI agent convicted of espionage
Robert Hanssen
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.
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The FBI Insists It Doesn’t Fire People Over Polygraphs. This Man Says It Happened To Him.
Huffington Post - 4 months
WASHINGTON ― Logan tried to stay calm as he boarded the subway to take the one-mile trip from his office at FBI headquarters to Patriots Plaza. He could have walked, but he didn’t want to risk getting sweaty or disheveled before his polygraph examination. There was nothing to worry about, Logan told himself. During his 11 years as an FBI intelligence analyst, he had already passed two polygraphs ― one when he was hired in 2003 and another in 2008. The bureau administers polygraphs to potential hires and then reinvestigates its employees every five years throughout their employment. But as he headed to Patriots Plaza that morning in September 2014, Logan (whose name has been changed to protect his identity) couldn’t stop thinking about his polygraph results from the year before. His anxiety had taken over, and the test caught physiological reactions in response to national security questions. The examiner accused him of lying and attempting to cheat the polygraph. Logan denied ...
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In America, punishment should fit the crime
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders has written dozens of columns since 2001 seeking a presidential commutation for Clarence Aaron, a poster child for what is wrong with federal drug sentencing laws. Hanssen is a senior federal law enforcement official turned traitor. [...] because Hanssen had information to trade, he avoided the death penalty and worked out a deal with federal prosecutors that gave him a life sentence. Since Aaron lacked their connections, he had no bodies to offer to prosecutors and went to trial. According to Aaron's attorney, Gregg Shapiro of Boston, the higher-up drug dealers who testified against him - men with long criminal histories, some that included crimes of violence - are now free. Today, however, thanks to draconian federal drug laws that too frequently sentence nonviolent first offenders to years more than their crimes warrant, the federal prison population exceeds 158,000. [...] 2001 began with outgoing-president Bill Clinton's sha ...
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Witness to History: The Investigation of Robert Hanssen
Yahoo News - over 3 years
National Law Enforcement Museum's panel discussion was hosted by the International Spy Museum and sponsored by Target®WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Spy Museum hosted the National Law Enforcement Museum's event, Witness to History: The Investigation of Robert Hanssen, last evening. About 170 guests attended—the largest crowd at a Witness to History event to date—and Peter Earnest, the Founding Executive Director of the International Spy Museum, welcomed the nearly full auditorium, saying, "the government is closed, but the Spy Museum is not. ...
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Snowden Charged With Espionage
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Tabassum Zakaria and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) - The United States has filed espionage charges against Edward Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who admitted revealing secret surveillance programs to media outlets, according to a court document made public on Friday. Snowden, who is believed to be in hiding in Hong Kong, was charged with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person, said the criminal complaint, which was dated June 14. The latter two offenses fall under the U.S. Espionage Act and carry penalties of fines and up to 10 years in prison. A single page of the complaint was unsealed on Friday. An accompanying affidavit remained under seal. The charges are the government's first step in what could be a long legal battle to return Snowden from Hong Kong and try ...
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Olympic Rower Rescued In 'Catastrophic' Accident
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Two Canadians and two Americans attempting to set a world record for an unassisted, human-powered row across the Atlantic Ocean have been rescued after a rogue wave capsized their boat after 73 days at sea, the U.S. Coast Guard and organizers said Sunday. The four endurance rowers, including Canadian Olympic gold medallist Adam Kreek, were rescued from waters some 400 miles (645 kilometres) north of the U.S. Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. They were attempting to row more than 4,000 miles (6,700 kilometres) between the West African nation of Senegal and Miami and set a Guinness World Record. But after weeks of battling rough weather, a couple of shattered oars and various technological headaches, the adventurers were forced to take to a life raft early Saturday after their 29-foot (9-meter) ocean rowboat "James Robert Hanssen" overturned and could not be righted. They donned life jackets and set off a personal locator beacon. Coast Guard crews located t ...
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Brian J. Kelley, Onetime Spying Suspect, Dies at 68
NYTimes - over 5 years
Brian J. Kelley, an American counterintelligence expert who helped focus attention on a possible Russian spy in Washington, only to be wrongly suspected of being a K.G.B. mole himself, died on Monday at his home in Vienna, Va. He was 68. Mr. Kelley appeared to have died in his sleep, his wife, Patricia, said. The cause is not known. Starting in the
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FBI Agent's Lawyers Want DC Circuit Ruling Left Alone - The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The department pointed to the case involving former FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen, sentenced to life in prison in 2001 on espionage charges. “[Suppose] that in 2000, an FBI agent heard that then-Special Agent Robert Hanssen was supporting both a
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Spy conference draws mix of scholars, history buffs, retired officers - Bellingham Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Former CIA officer Brian Kelley, known as the "wrong man" in the investigation of FBI traitor Robert Hanssen, also spoke Thursday at the Raleigh Spy Conference. Kelley was one of the CIA's top spycatchers until he became a suspect in a case that
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Ronald Kessler's “The Secrets of the FBI” - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
There's a nice section on what Kessler bills as the untold story of how the Russian spy Robert Hanssen was caught; that probably qualifies. More representative, though, is a chapter called “Threesomes'' that recapitulates the 1970s-era Elizabeth Ray
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GOP primaries: Guide to vetting candidates' sex lives - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
The person who arguably is most guilty in recent times is a former FBI agent named Robert Hanssen. A member of Opus Dei and faithfully married to a religion teacher, Hanssen was convicted of cheating on America for 22 years by selling secrets to the
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Olympic rower Kreek, 3 friends to circumnavigate Island in April - Victoria Times Colonist
Google News - over 5 years
The rowers have faith in the boat, which was named after one of their fathers, James Robert Hanssen, who died of asthma when Jordan Hanssen was only five. The younger Hanssen and Greg Spooner rowed the boat from New York to Falmouth, England, in 2006
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Vanguard Defense Industries compromised by AntiSec - The Tech Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The second movie was "Breach" where Robert Hanssen was arrested (former FBI agent) for spying for the Russians. The actor Gary Cole played my role in the movie and Hanssen was assigned to me while at FBI Headquarters while we gather evidence against
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Superior Spies
NYTimes - over 5 years
TIGER TRAP America's Secret Spy War With China By David Wise Illustrated. 292 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $28. In May 2004, the F.B.I. special agent James J. Smith found himself in an uncomfortable spot: he had to tell a federal judge about an affair he'd had with an informer, Katrina Leung, a San Marino, Calif., businesswoman with ''jet-black
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EXCERPT; Excerpt: Tiger Trap - By David Wise
NYTimes - over 5 years
Chapter One A THOUSAND GRAINS OF SAND For almost half a century during the Cold War, the world focused on the global espionage battle between the United States and the Soviet Union. The duel between the CIA and the KGB, portrayed in countless books, films, and news stories, captured the public imagination. Espionage became a kind of entertainment,
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Data Retention? News of the World Demos the Risks - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In recent decades the CIA had Aldrich Ames and the FBI had Robert Hanssen. Britain had Kim Philby. And let us not forget Whitey Bulger, the recently arrested crime boss who has been charged in connection with nineteen murders
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'You Don't Know Jack' Writer to Adapt Book About Blind Man Who Regains Sight ... - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
He won an Emmy for writing last year's HBO movie You Don't Know Jack, about suicide doctor Jack Kervorkian, and also wrote Breach, a true story about double agent Robert Hanssen that starred Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe. The scribe, repped by ICM,
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Din istoria universală a spionajului (XII)/ de dr. Alexandru Popescu - Ziarul Financiar
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Hanssen a fost cea mai importantă "cârtiţă" din interiorul FBI timp de 21 de ani, până în 2001, motivaţia sa fiind de natură financiară. Una dintre cele mai "reuşite realizări" ale sale a fost transmiterea de informaţii despre agenţii pentru SUA
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167 die in oil platform blast in 1988 - Bend Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen pleaded guilty to 15 criminal counts and agreed to give a full accounting of his spying activities for Moscow. The United States turned over to Japanese authorities an American serviceman accused of raping an Okinawan
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Und dann kommt ein neuer Tag - Freitag - Das Meinungsmedium
Google News - over 5 years
Dort sitzen, ebenfalls isoliert, auch der „Schuhbomber“ Richard Reid, der so genannte Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, der Ex-FBI Beamte und KGB-Spion Robert Hanssen und Dutzende Verurteilte aus der Drogen- und Terrorszene. Juraprofessorin Rovner ist nicht
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Hanssen
  • 2007
    Age 62
    The 2007 documentary Superspy: The Man Who Betrayed the West describes the hunt to trap Robert Hanssen.
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    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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  • 2002
    Age 57
    The 2002 book written by David Wise and titled Spy: The Inside Story of How FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America covers the case in detail.
    More Details Hide Details Hanssen is reviewed on season 2, episode 4 of Mysteries at the Museum. Actual footage of his arrest by FBI agents is included. His story is the last segment of 4 included in this episode.
    Hanssen also was the subject of a 2002 made-for-television movie, Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, written by Norman Mailer and starring William Hurt as Hanssen.
    More Details Hide Details Robert Hanssen's jailers allowed him to watch this movie but Hanssen was so angered by the film that he turned it off. Hanssen is mentioned in chapter 5 of Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code as being an FBI spy and Opus Dei member but also a sexual deviant.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details I am shamed by it," Hanssen told U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton. "I have opened the door for calumny against my totally innocent wife and children. I have hurt so many deeply." Hanssen is Federal Bureau of Prisons prisoner #48551-083. He is serving his sentence at the ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison near Florence, Colorado in solitary confinement for twenty-three hours a day. Hanssen never told the KGB or GRU his identity and refused to meet them personally, with the exception of the abortive 1993 contact in the Russian embassy parking garage. The FBI believes the Russians never knew the name of their source. Going by the alias "Ramon" or "Ramon Garcia," Hanssen exchanged intelligence and payments through an old-fashioned dead drop system where he and his KGB handlers would leave packages in public, unobtrusive places. He refused to use the dead drop sites that his handler, Victor Cherkashin, suggested and instead picked his own. He also designated a code to be used when dates were exchanged. Six was to be added to the month, day and time of a designated drop time, so that, for example, a drop scheduled for January 6 at 1 pm would be written as July 12 at 7 pm.
  • 2001
    Age 56
    With the representation of Washington lawyer Plato Cacheris, Hanssen negotiated a plea bargain that enabled him to escape the death penalty in exchange for cooperating with authorities. On July 6, 2001, he pleaded guilty to fifteen counts of espionage in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
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    However, his suspicions did not stop him from making one more dead drop. After dropping his friend off at the airport on February 18, 2001, Hanssen drove to Virginia's Foxstone Park.
    More Details Hide Details He placed a white piece of tape on a park sign, which was a signal to his Russian contacts that there was information at the dead drop site. He then followed his usual routine, taking a package consisting of a sealed garbage bag of classified material and taping it to the bottom side of a wooden footbridge over a creek. When FBI agents spotted this highly incriminating act they rushed in to catch Hanssen red-handed and arrest him. Upon being arrested, Hanssen asked, "What took you so long?" The FBI waited two more days to see if any of Hanssen's SVR handlers would show up at Foxstone Park. When they failed to appear, the Justice Department announced the arrest on February 20.
    During his final days with the FBI, Hanssen began to suspect that something was wrong; in early February 2001 he asked his friend at a computer technology company for a job.
    More Details Hide Details He also believed he was hearing noises on his car radio which indicated that it was bugged, although the FBI was later unable to reproduce the noises Hanssen claimed to have heard. In the last letter he wrote to the Russians, which was picked up by the FBI when he was arrested, Hanssen said that he had been promoted to a "do-nothing job... outside of regular access to information," and that, "Something has aroused the sleeping tiger."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details O'Neill ascertained that Hanssen was using a Palm III PDA to store his information. When O'Neill was able to briefly obtain Hanssen's PDA and have agents download and decode its encrypted contents, the FBI had its "smoking gun."
  • 2000
    Age 55
    The FBI placed Hanssen under surveillance and soon discovered that he was again in contact with the Russians. In order to bring him back to FBI headquarters, where he could be closely monitored and kept away from sensitive data, they promoted him in December 2000 and gave him a new job supervising FBI computer security.
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    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."
    More Details Hide Details Among the items in the file was an audiotape of a July 21, 1986, conversation between the mole and a KGB agent. FBI agent Michael Waguespack felt the voice was familiar, but could not remember who it was. Rifling through the rest of the file, they found notes of the mole using a quote from General George S. Patton about "the purple-pissing Japanese." FBI analyst Bob King remembered Robert Hanssen using that same quote. Waguespack listened to the tape again and recognized the voice as belonging to Hanssen. With the mole finally identified, locations, dates and cases were matched with Hanssen's activities during the time period. Two fingerprints were collected from a trash bag in the file that were analyzed and proved to be Hanssen's.
  • 1999
    Age 54
    In 1999, the FBI even interrogated Kelley, his ex-wife, two sisters and three children.
    More Details Hide Details All denied everything, but his CIA career suffered permanent damage. He was eventually placed on administrative leave, where he remained falsely accused until after Hanssen was arrested. Having failed to either bring a case against Kelley or find another suspect, the FBI decided on a new tactic: buying the mole's identity. They searched for possible candidates to buy off and found one – a Russian businessman and former KGB agent whose identity remains classified. A cooperative American company invited him to the U.S. for a business meeting. After his arrival in New York, the FBI offered him a large sum of money if he would divulge the name of the mole. The Russian responded that he did not know the name, but that he could get the mole's KGB/SVR file.
  • 1998
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Kelley instead reported the incident to the FBI.
  • 1994
    Age 49
    Ames was arrested in 1994; his capture explained many of the asset losses American intelligence suffered in the 1980s, including the arrest and execution of Martynov and Motorin.
    More Details Hide Details However, two cases—the Bloch investigation and the embassy tunnel—stood out and remained unsolved. Ames had been stationed in Rome at the time of the Bloch investigation, and could not have had knowledge of the case, or the tunnel under the embassy, as he did not work for the FBI. The FBI and CIA formed a joint mole-hunting team in 1994 to find the suspected second intelligence leak. They formed a list of all agents known to have access to cases that were compromised. The FBI's codename for the suspected spy was "Graysuit." Some promising suspects were cleared, and the mole hunt found other penetrations such as CIA officer Harold James Nicholson. But Hanssen escaped notice. By 1998, using FBI criminal profiling techniques, the pursuers zeroed in on an innocent man: Brian Kelley, a CIA operative involved in the Bloch investigation. The CIA and FBI searched his house, tapped his phone and put him under surveillance, following him and his family everywhere.
    In 1994, Hanssen expressed interest in a transfer to the new National Counterintelligence Center, which coordinated counter-intelligence activities.
    More Details Hide Details When told that he would have to take a lie detector test to join, Hanssen changed his mind. Three years later, convicted FBI mole Earl Edwin Pitts told the Bureau that he suspected Hanssen was dirty due to the Mislock incident. Pitts was the second FBI agent to mention Hanssen by name as a possible mole, but superiors were still unconvinced. No action was taken. IT personnel from the National Security Division's IIS Unit were sent to investigate Hanssen's desktop computer following a reported failure. NSD chief Johnnie Sullivan ordered the computer impounded after it appeared to have been tampered with. A digital investigation found that an attempted hacking had taken place using a password cracking program installed by Hanssen, which caused a security alert and lockup. Following confirmation by the FBI CART Unit, Sullivan filed a report with the Office of Professional Responsibility requesting further investigation of Hanssen's attempted hack. Hanssen claimed that he was attempting to connect a color printer to his computer, but needed the password cracker to bypass the administrative password. The FBI believed his story and Hanssen was let off with a warning.
  • 1993
    Age 48
    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."
    More Details Hide Details His superiors were not amused and launched an investigation. In the end, officials believed Hanssen's claim that he was merely demonstrating flaws in the FBI's security system. Mislock has since theorized that Hanssen probably went onto his computer to see if his superiors were investigating him for espionage, and invented the document story to cover his tracks.
  • 1991
    Age 46
    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 for a time.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, after the establishment of the Russian Federation, Hanssen made a risky approach to the GRU, with whom he had not been in contact in ten years. Hanssen went in person to the Russian embassy and physically approached a GRU officer in the parking garage. Hanssen, carrying a package of documents, identified himself by his Soviet code name, "Ramon Garcia," and described himself as a "disaffected FBI agent" who was offering his services as a spy. The Russian officer, who evidently did not recognize the codename, drove off. The Russians then filed an official protest with the State Department, believing Hanssen to be a triple agent. Despite having shown his face, disclosed his code name, and revealed his FBI affiliation, Hanssen escaped arrest when the Bureau's investigation into the incident did not advance.
  • 1990
    Age 45
    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 came after Bonnie Hanssen's sister Jeanne Beglis had found a pile of cash sitting on a dresser in the Hanssens' house.
    More Details Hide Details Bonnie had previously told her brother that Hanssen once talked about retiring in Poland, then part of the Eastern Bloc and under Soviet domination. Wauck also knew that the FBI was hunting for a mole and so spoke with his supervisor, who took no action.
  • 1989
    Age 44
    Hanssen disclosed this detailed information to the Soviets in September 1989 and received a US$55,000 payment the next month.
    More Details Hide Details On two occasions, Hanssen gave the Soviets a complete list of American double agents.
    In 1989, Hanssen compromised the FBI investigation of Felix Bloch, a State Department official who had come under suspicion for espionage.
    More Details Hide Details Hanssen warned that Bloch was under investigation, causing the KGB to abruptly break off contact with Bloch. The FBI was unable to produce any hard evidence, and as a result, Bloch was never charged with a crime, although the State Department later terminated his employment and denied his pension. The failure of the Bloch investigation, and the FBI's investigation of how the KGB found out they were investigating Bloch, drove the mole hunt that eventually led to the arrest of Hanssen. Later that year, Hanssen handed over extensive information about American planning for Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT), an umbrella term for intelligence collected by a wide array of electronic means, such as radar, spy satellites, and signal intercepts. When the Soviets began construction on a new embassy in 1977, the FBI dug a tunnel beneath their decoding room. The FBI planned to use it for eavesdropping, but never did for fear of being caught.
  • 1988
    Age 43
    Hanssen ensured that he did not unmask himself with his study, but in addition, he turned over the entire study—including the list of all Soviets who had contacted the FBI about FBI moles—to the KGB in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Hanssen, according to a government report, "committed a serious security breach" by revealing secret information to a Soviet defector during a debriefing. The agents working underneath him reported this breach to a supervisor, but no action was taken.
  • 1987
    Age 42
    Hanssen was recalled yet again to Washington in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details He was given the task of making a study of all known and rumored penetrations of the FBI in order to find the man who had betrayed Martynov and Motorin; this meant that he was looking for himself.
  • 1985
    Age 40
    On October 1, 1985, Hanssen sent an anonymous letter to the KGB offering his services and asking for US$100,000 in cash.
    More Details Hide Details In the letter, he gave the names of three KGB agents secretly working for the FBI: Boris Yuzhin, Valery Martynov and Sergei Motorin. Although Hanssen was unaware of it, all three agents had already been exposed earlier that year by Aldrich Ames. Martynov, Motorin and Yuzhin were recalled to Moscow, where they were arrested, charged, tried and convicted of espionage against the USSR. Martynov and Motorin were condemned to death and executed via a gun-shot to the back of the head. Yuzhin was imprisoned for six years before he was released under a general amnesty to political prisoners, and subsequently emigrated to the U.S. Because the FBI blamed Ames for the leak, Hanssen was not suspected nor investigated. The October 1 letter was the beginning of a long, active espionage period for Hanssen.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was after the transfer, while on a business trip back to Washington, that he resumed his career in espionage.
  • 1981
    Age 36
    In 1981, Hanssen was transferred to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. and moved to the suburb of Vienna, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details His new job in the FBI's budget office gave him access to information involving many different FBI operations. This included all the FBI activities related to wiretapping and electronic surveillance, which were Hanssen's responsibility. He became known in the Bureau as an expert on computers. Three years later, Hanssen transferred to the FBI's Soviet analytical unit, which was responsible for studying, identifying, and capturing Soviet spies and intelligence operatives in the United States. Hanssen's section was in charge of evaluating Soviet agents who volunteered to give intelligence to determine whether they were genuine or triple agents.
  • 1979
    Age 34
    In 1979, only three years after joining the FBI, Hanssen approached the Soviet GRU and offered his services.
    More Details Hide Details He never indicated any political or ideological motive for his actions, telling the FBI after he was caught that his only motivation was profit. During his first espionage cycle, Hanssen told the GRU a significant amount, including information on FBI's bugging activities and lists of suspected Soviet intelligence agents. His most important leak was the betrayal of Dmitri Polyakov, a CIA informant who passed enormous amounts of information to American intelligence while he rose to the rank of General in the Soviet Army. For unknown reasons, the Soviets did not act against Polyakov until he was betrayed a second time by CIA mole Aldrich Ames in 1985. Polyakov was arrested in 1986 and executed in 1988. Ames was officially blamed for giving Polyakov's name to the Soviets, while Hanssen's attempt was not revealed until after his 2001 capture.
  • 1978
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, Hanssen was moved into counter-intelligence and given the task of compiling a database of Soviet intelligence for the Bureau.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    Upon becoming a special agent on January 12, 1976, Hanssen was transferred to the FBI's Gary, Indiana, field office.
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    In January 1976, he left the police department to join the FBI.
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  • 1971
    Age 26
    Hanssen received an MBA in accounting and information systems in 1971 and took a job with an accounting firm.
    More Details Hide Details He quit after one year and joined the Chicago Police Department as an internal affairs investigator, specializing in forensic accounting.
  • 1968
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hanssen applied for a cryptographer position in the National Security Agency, but was rebuffed due to budget setbacks. He enrolled in dental school at Northwestern University but switched his focus to business after three years.
  • 1944
    Born on April 18, 1944.
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