He looked the quintessential suburban dad, devoted to his wife and six kids, working a government job to pay for a four-bedroom split-level house on a cul-de-sac in a modest Virginia neighborhood, Catholic school and college for the kids, and three aging cars. That subtle arrogance made him few friends there, and he was nicknamed Dr. Personal In 1968, Robert Philip Hanssen married Bernadette Wauck, known as Bonnie. Why did it take so long to catch Hanssen? The tip from the Russian official prompted the F. He may be eligible for it under a post-Ames law, for abetting the death of agents working for the U.
Hanssen graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1962 and went on to attend Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1966. The espionage act under which Mr. They still had no idea who he was. Brookner, who arranged the interview, insisted that Mrs. They drove to New Rochelle to meet with the Rev.
He also studied Russian, something even his mother Vivian says she did not know. This crown jewel of U. Because he had no bedside manner, he was never sent out to recruit Soviet turncoats. A church-going father of six, Hanssen is thought to have been motivated by money rather than ideological beliefs. But nothing has been debated as vigorously as the reasons why he was able to elude detection for two decades. His wife was convicted of conspiring to commit espionage and received five years behind bars. Hanssen her Miranda rights, her Washington lawyer, Janine Brookner, said.
During this period his personal and professional behaviour deteriorated. Hanssen also was the subject of a 2002 made-for-television movie, Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, written by Norman Mailer and starring William Hurt as Hanssen. He did realize towards the end that something was wrong, and on his final drop of information, he was arrested. Fuller accounts were published in Secret and Top Secret versions. At the time, he was assigned to counterintelligence in the F. Had Evidence of Espionage, but F. In about 1985, after they had moved back to Washington and Mr.
Intelligence surveillances took years, decades even, and seldom if ever resulted in actual indictments. We had our best analysts pouring over data for years trying to find the mole but we could never quite identify him. While betraying his country, Hanssen was a devoted member of Opus Dei. Now she says she has chosen to speak out at last because she wants to answer one question she has heard dozens of times: How could Robert P. It happened to Robert Philip Hanssen a little after 8 p.
The three spies were arrested and executed. Their blood is on his hands. Hanssen is teaching at a Catholic school in suburban Virginia and is living in the house she shared with her husband and their six children. And every operative in the U. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. But in her polygraph test, Mrs.
Please note we have no control over the security and reliability of postal mail. He has been accused of giving the Soviets - and later the Russians - secrets that included names of double agents, as well as U. Hanssen told the Justice Department investigators. In 1972 he joined the Chicago police force, where he became a member of a unit that investigated corrupt police officers. Bucciarelli, a priest affiliated with Opus Dei, a conservative Catholic organization the Hanssens had joined several years earlier.
But in hindsight, Bamford acknowleges that some of Hanssen's behavior over the years seemed strange and conceivably may have reflected the fact that he was leading a secret life. Dmitri Polyakov of the G. I pointed out that the crawler used to show the date of the press conference was off by a day. In July 2001, he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of espionage. Brookner said, because they exonerated Mrs. Army in Germany They didn't. Hanssen's plea bargain, she will receive the survivor's part of his bureau pension, as well as the right to keep the home.
Robert Hanssen attended William Howard Taft High School and graduated in 1962. Two of the Russians were subsequently tried and executed; the third was imprisoned and later released. He says that to his recollection, Hanssen continued to write these outdated analyses about the communist menace into the 1990s, well after the Soviet Union and, by extension, the international communist movement that it supported, had fallen apart. Miller was released from prison in 1994. Over time, I can cut your losses rather than become one.