Brooke A. Masters

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Masters, Brooke A., and Dan Eggen. "Indictment Says Suspect Tried to Sell Defense Secrets." Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2002, A19. []

On 14 February 2002, "[a] federal grand jury in Alexandria charged espionage suspect Brian P. Regan ... with trying to spy for Iraq, Libya and China, alleging the retired Air Force master sergeant drafted a letter to Saddam Hussein offering to sell top secret defense information for $13 million."


Masters, Brooke A., and Dan Eggen. "'79 Contact by Hanssen Is Detailed: Account Suggests Spying Predated 1985; Agent Told Wife That Deal Was a Ploy." Washington Post, 16 Jun. 2001, A1. []

According to government officials and others familiar with the case, Bonnie Hanssen, the wife of accused FBI spy Robert P. Hanssen, became suspicious of his activities in 1979. At that time, he "told her he had exchanged information for money from Soviet agents, but only in a gambit to trick them." This suggests that "Hanssen had surreptitious contacts with Moscow at least six years earlier than prosecutors have publicly alleged. It is also the first public indication that his wife ever suspected him of espionage before his arrest." See also, James Risen and David Johnston, "Wife Says Suspect Told a Priest 20 Years Ago of Aiding Soviets," New York Times, 16 Jun. 2001.


Masters, Brooke A., and Vernon Loeb. "Air Force Retiree Charged as Spy: Secret Documents Passed, U.S. Says." Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2001, A1. []

Brian P. Regan, a retired Air Force master sergeant who works for NRO contractor TRW Inc., was arrested on 23 August 2001 and charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. Officials "said they have evidence of spying involving one country, which they declined to name, but government sources identified it as Libya." See also, Walter Pincus, "Satellite Agency Has Tradition of Secrecy; Joint Defense-CIA Enterprise Uses Many Contract Employees Such as Alleged Spy," Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2001, A10; and James Risen, "Employee of U.S. Contractor Accused of Conspiracy to Spy," New York Times, 25 Aug. 2001.

[NRO/00s/01; SpyCases/U.S./Regan]

Masters, Brooke A., and Vernon Loeb. "CIA Officer Had Been Focus of Spy Probe." Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2001, A1. []

"Until FBI investigators targeted Robert P. Hanssen as a possible Russian spy late last year, they focused on a covert CIA officer who now may be cleared as a result of Hanssen's arrest, sources close to the case said [on 22 February 2001]. The CIA officer has been on paid leave since August 1999 while the FBI has investigated whether he was a Russian spy.... The CIA officer is an agency veteran who formerly served in the military and worked in New York on Russian counterintelligence issues, sources said.... Now that Hanssen has been charged as a Russian spy, authorities are attempting to determine whether to clear the initial suspect and put him back to work."

[CIA/00s/01/Gen; FBI/00s/Hanssen]

Masters, Brooke A., and Wendy Melillo. "Emotional Debate Preceded Kasi Death Sentence, Juror Says." Washington Post, 20 Nov. 1997, A1, A21.


Masters, Brooke A., and Wendy Melillo. "Kasi Jurors Recommend Death Penalty." Washington Post, 15 Nov. 1997, A1, A14.


Masters, Brooke A., and Walter Pincus. "FBI Left Hanssen an Opening as His Debts Mounted." Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2001, A2. []

According to court documents and sources revealed on 27 February 2001, "[t]he FBI gave alleged spy Robert P. Hanssen an opening by failing to monitor the mail of known KGB officers and may have ignored evidence that he was running up large debts over the past decade."


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