The FBI agent who is credited with exposing one of the most prolific traitors in U.S. history has revealed in the wake of his death that the traitor wanted to be ‘James Bond’ and wished he could speak one last time. Said I was hoping
Eric O’Neill tweeted that he regretted not asking former FBI agent Robert Hansen, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for spying on the United States for Russia, why he betrayed his country. said there is.
“This closes the door on a big moment in my life. I wanted to face him one last time in person,” the representative said. tweeted on tuesday.
Hassen was found dead in his cell at Supermax Prison in Colorado on Monday.
he was 79 years old.
In 2001, 25-year-old rookie FBI agent O’Neill is ordered by his superiors to spy on Hansen after the FBI discovers that he may be providing top US secrets to Russians.
“I heard that the FBI’s most pernicious spy, Robert Hansen (codename: Gray Day), died in his cell today,” O’Neill wrote.
“Why did you do that?” the investigator responded to a user’s question about what he would ask the FBI’s most pernicious agent if he still had the chance.
“I would have told him he affected my life, even though he committed a crime. We can learn from anyone, even the most pernicious spy in U.S. history.” Tweeted.
Under the alias “Ramon Garcia,” Hansen exchanged classified national security information with Russian officials from 1985 until his arrest in February 2001.
Hansen’s death left O’Neill with mixed feelings about the death of a man who had a profound impact on his career as an FBI agent.
“He wanted to be James Bond, but he thought they made him a librarian,” O’Neill said. Washington Post When asked why he thought Hansen leaked the secret.
O’Neill revealed that Hansen was patriotic, but frustrated as a staff member of the Bureau because his hopes of becoming a field investigator were instead assigned to work as an analyst.
Hansen’s collaboration with the Russians is confirmed by O’Neil copying data from the spy’s personal palm pilot and Hansen providing the handler and the location of the next dead drop to the FBI.
The turncoat was arrested after being spotted by the FBI leaving a package of classified material under a footbridge in Foxstone Park in Vienna, Virginia.
Hansen has been using the bridge since 1985 to exchange documents with handlers.
Part of the information was that Hansen had provided the Russians with two KGB agents who were secretly working for Washington and were killed as a result.
Over the long term, he was paid $1.4 million in cash and diamonds for his betrayal of his oath and service to America.
Hansen pleaded guilty to 15 spying charges in July 2001 and faced the death penalty for those charges.
In May 2002 he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Ostensibly, the disgraced investigator lives in a cozy four-bedroom house in Fairfax County, Virginia, about 20 miles from Washington, DC, and has six children who are devoted to Catholicism. I was playing myself as a hard working father with
However, behind the manipulative spy lies a perverted sexual act.
Following the spying revelations, it was revealed that Hansen had set up a camera to record his wife’s sex without her knowledge and intended for his best friend to watch. According to CBS.
Hansen was also known to send nude photos of his wife to the same friend and frequented strip clubs in the Washington, D.C. area where he tried to convert dancers to Catholicism.
A psychiatrist hired by Hansen’s lawyer examined him and revealed that the perversion was part of his mental illness.
Priscilla Sue Gary, a stripper who befriended the spy, said Mr Hassen gave him cash, jewelry and a Mercedes-Benz. According to the Washington Post.
Gary said Hansen never asked for sex and was devoted to his family, even giving her a tour of the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia, and a laptop with a secret password. Revealed.
The computer that Gary pawned was not recovered by the FBI, and it was not disclosed whether it was owned by the FBI, but it was believed not to be.
Money is believed to have been Hansen’s motive for spying for Russia, but it was never revealed why he continued to betray once his economic needs were met.
“It made him feel like he was the best in the world at something. No one was better,” O’Neill said. “He knew it would immortalize him, and it did.”
Hansen’s letter to Russian trainers said Hansen had been a spy “since he was 14” after reading a book about Kim Philby, a British agent who acts as a double agent for Russia. It is written that
“Some may argue that I am either very brave or quite insane. I answer neither. I think I am insanely loyal. All answers contain madness,” the letter read.
The newspaper said he was suspected of using the money to pay for his sons’ prep school and his daughters’ Catholic school. new york times.
Hansen’s spy story inspired the 2007 film Bleach, starring Ryan Phillippe and Chris Cooper.
“This is not about profits. This is about games,” former FBI counterintelligence officer David G. Major, who knew Hansen, told The Washington Post in 2001.