Robert Hanssen Former FBI Agent And Russian Spy Found Dead: Robert Hanssen, 79, a former FBI agent who was convicted of selling US secrets to Russia and was serving a life sentence in a Colorado maximum security facility, was discovered deceased in his cell.
Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Robert Hanssen, who spied for Russia, perished in prison in Colorado, United States. Robert Hanssen, who was 79 years old and serving a life sentence at a maximum security prison in Colorado, was discovered unresponsive in his cell and later pronounced deceased.
Who Was Former FBI Agent and Russian Spy Robert Hanssen, Found Dead in US Prison?
Robert Hanssen, 79, a former FBI agent who was convicted of selling US secrets to Russia and was serving a life sentence in a Colorado maximum security facility, was discovered deceased in his cell.
In 1985, Robert Hanssen began selling classified information to the Soviet Union after joining the FBI in 1976.
Robert Hanssen, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who infiltrated Russia, passed away in prison in Colorado, United States, according to reports from New Delhi. He who was 79 years old and serving a life sentence at a maximum security prison in Colorado, was discovered unresponsive in his cell and later pronounced deceased.
Robert Hanssen is believed to have perished of natural causes, according to a report by the Associated Press, which cited a source familiar with the matter.
Who Was Robert Hanssen
Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 after pleading guilty to over 20 years of espionage for the Soviet Union and later Russia. According to the FBI website, Robert Hanssen joined the FBI in 1976 and began selling classified information to the Soviet Union in 1985.
According to the FBI, Robert Hanssen was compensated with more than $1.4 million in cash, bank funds, and gemstones for compromising numerous human sources, intelligence techniques, and classified US documents prior to his 2001 arrest.
FBI agents spent years attempting to identify the infiltrator within their ranks. According to the FBI, in the weeks preceding up to Hanssen’s arrest in February 2001, approximately 300 individuals worked on the investigation and monitored him.
The FBI reports that an arrest squad took Robert Hanssen into custody after discovering him making a “dead drop” of classified materials in a Virginia suburbia park.
According to The Associated Press, Robert Hanssen is believed to have been partially responsible for the murders of at least three Soviet officers who worked for US intelligence and were executed after being exposed.
Hanssen later claimed that he was motivated by money rather than ideology, but a 1985 letter to his Soviet controllers explains that a large payoff could have caused complications because he was unable to spend it without raising suspicions.
Using the alias ‘Ramon Garcia,’ he provided his handlers with approximately 6,000 documents and 26 computer discs, according to the authorities. They divulged information on surveillance techniques, helped confirm the identities of Russian double agents, and revealed additional secrets. Officials believed he informed Moscow of a covert eavesdropping tunnel constructed by the United States under the Soviet Embassy in Washington.
In 2007, the story of Robert Hanssen was adapted into the film ‘Breach’ starring Chris Cooper as Hanssen and Ryan Phillippe as a youthful bureau operative who helps bring him down.