Robert Hanssen, the FBI agent who became a millionaire revealing secrets to Russia for 25 years, died in prison

Robert Hansen (Wikipedia/FBI)

Robert Hansena former FBI agent who was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for spy for russia during and after the Cold War he was found dead in his cell in a federal prison in Colorado, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The office said in a statement that Hanssen, 79, was found unconscious at the Florence United States Penitentiary in Colorado shortly before 7 a.m. and was pronounced dead after rescue efforts.

On January 12, 1976, Robert Philip Hanssen was sworn to uphold the law and protect the nation as an FBI special agent. Instead, he became the most damaging spy in that force’s history.

When he was arrested in February 2001, the man He had been spying for the Russians for more than 20 years, not only passing inside information from the FBI but also from the CIA and the State Department.

He never spied for ideological reasons or for national sympathies. He did it first for the Soviet Union and continued to do it for Russia, regardless of the passage from socialism to capitalism and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

FBI spy Robert Hanssen's note
Robert Hansen (Wikipedia/FBI)

His engine was always moneya lot of money: in those two decades of mole work – according to the FBI investigation – pocketed $1,400,000 in cashthe same in bank transfers to accounts in tax havens and a true collection of diamonds which, as is known, are easily convertible into banknotes.

In exchange, he handed over to US intelligence agents operating abroad, state secrets, intelligence organization charts, and also gave notice of operations under way to capture Russian spies operating in the United States, of whom he had first-hand information. because they had assigned him to the FBI Counterintelligence area.

The agency itself acknowledges this: “Hanssen’s espionage activities began in 1985. Since he held key counterintelligence positions, he had authorized access to classified information. He used encrypted communications, and other clandestine methods to provide information to the KGB and its successor agency, the SVR. The information he delivered compromised numerous human sources, counterintelligence techniques, investigations, dozens of classified United States government documents, and technical operations of extraordinary importance and value.

That posting in Counterintelligence also kept him safe, in the deepest shadows, for years. He himself took care of erasing any indication or clue that could lead to him, he left no traces.

When they discovered him, he also had no scruples to avoid the certain death sentence for treason. He negotiated to admit fifteen crimes of espionage and hand over everything he knew about the Russians, agents included, to receive the sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole that, on May 10, 2002, was imposed by the court in charge of judging him.

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