Former Russia Spy Robert Hanssen found dead in Prison Cell

A former FBI agent, Robert Hanssen (79) was found dead in his prison cell on Monday. Hanssen was a spy for Soviet and Russian intelligence service against the U.S. for 1979-2001. His espionage described by the DOJ (Department of Justice) is “Possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history and he sold many classified documents to the KGB that detailed U.S. strategies in the event of nuclear war developments in military weapons technologies and aspects of the U.S. counterintelligence program. He was a mole in the FBI and working for Russia with other double agent, Ames, Aldrich who was in the CIA.”

Hanssen was completely hidden and unknown even when Ames was arrested in 1994. The FBI paid $7 million to a KGB agent to obtain a file on the anonymous mole, and finally FBI was able to identify Hanssen through fingerprints and voice analysis.

Hanssen was arrested on February 18,2001, at Foxstone Park near his home, Vienna VA. He left classified materials at a dead drop site that led to his arrest. He was charged with selling U.S. intelligence documents to the Soviet Union and had obtained more than $1.4 million in cash and diamonds for the period of twenty-two years, according to the Chicago Tribune (April 21, 2002).

Hanssen pleaded guilty to fourteen counts of espionage and one of conspiracy to commit espionage charges resulting in life sentence without parole. Hanssen was found unresponsive at the federal correctional complex in Florence, CO and pronounced dead after life-saving measures were attempted. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) director of communications Kristie Breshears’ press release, “Staff requested emergency medical services and life-saving efforts continued. The inmate was subsequently pronounced dead by outside emergency medical personnel.”

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