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FBI Agent Robert Hanssen: Russian Spy

Washington, DC
Saturday, October 19, 2013

From 1979 to 2001, FBI agent Robert Hanssen sold top secret information to Soviet and Russian intelligence agencies. In this discussion, former FBI agent Mike Rochford, author David Wise, and psychiatrist David Charney detail the investigation and capture of Hanssen, who was convicted and is serving time in prison. The speakers describe Hanssen’s contradictory nature, a self-described “patriot” who became a double agent. This event was hosted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.

Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 12:04pm (ET)

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