Robert Philip Hanssen

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On 18 February 2001, Robert Philip Hanssen, 56, a 27-year veteran of the FBI, was arrested on espionage charges. Hanssen was a senior special agent who worked as a counterintelligence supervisor at FBI headquarters. He was arraigned in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on 20 February on charges of passing classified information to Russia for 15 years.

The lengthy FBI affidavit outlining the evidence against Hanssen is available on the FBI Website at http://www.fbi.gov/ in PDF format. An HTML version is available from the Federation of American Scientists at http://www.fas.org/irp/ops/ci/hanssen_affidavit.html. In his "Secrecy News (from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy)" of 21 February 2001, Steven Aftergood calls the affidavit "a fascinating account of the case and itself a valuable addition to the literature of espionage."

A supplemental affidavit, dated 21 February 2001 but released on 27 February 2001, includes the text of a farewell message that Hanssen supposedly sent to his Russian handlers. The text of the affidavit is available at http://www.fas.org/irp/ops/ci/hanssen_affidavit2.html.


20-28 February 2001

March 2001

April 2001 and Later


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