Index – Abroad – The FBI agent who spied on Moscow for 15 years has died
For several years, the former agent of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been spying for Moscow. The prison said Robert Hansen, 79, was found dead Monday morning in his cell in Colorado.
Attempts were made to revive Hansen, but they were unsuccessful. He was declared dead shortly after.
The former FBI agent was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 by a criminal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges of spying for Russia.
The Hansen case was one of the most serious espionage scandals in the United States. The man worked for the FBI for 25 years, and during that time – with breaks – he spied for Moscow for 15 years.
The disclosure of 57-year-old Robert Hansen greatly shook the authority of the FBI, since the agent worked in the investigative bureau for 25 years, during which time he spied on the Soviet Union, and then on Russia, with minor and major omissions.
Hanssen began conducting intelligence activities for Moscow in 1979 and is alleged to have provided the Russians with more than valuable documents, in exchange for a total of
He was awarded $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
He transmitted to the enemy classified data and information related to American satellites, early warning systems and devices that could be used to prevent or respond to a large-scale nuclear attack, reconnaissance of communications networks, and defense strategy in general.