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Weekend Series on Crime: FBI Agent Robert Hanssen’s Betrayal of America


FBI Agent Robert Hanssen’s Suburban Home Up For Sale for $725,000; He Now Lives in Supermax Prison in Colo.

FBI Spy Robert Hanssen

By Allan Lengel

To the FBI, the White House, the CIA and the American people, FBI agent Robert Hanssen was nothing more than a traitor, a Russian spy who did some serious damage to national security in exchange for diamonds and cash worth $600,000.

But in the real estate world, his name means little. His five-bedroom home in Vienna, Va., a nice little suburb of Washington, is just another listing.

USA Today reports that Hanssen’s dark wood and brick split-level is up for sale for $725,000. It makes no mention online of Hanssen.

“We’re not obviously marketing to that aspect,” real estate agent Patrick Kilner told USA Today. “It’s not a salient issue.”

USA Today reports that info Hanssen provided to the Russians over 15 years resulted in the executions of at least two Russian agents working for the United States.

USA Today reported when Hanssen, now 67, pleaded guilty to espionage charges in 2001, the family home was one of the few possessions  the government did not seize. The property was assigned to Hanssen’s wife, Bernadette, whose name remains on property records.

hanssen home/llewellyn realtors

Hanssen is serving a life sentence and is currently being housed in the Supermax prison in Colorado, a far cry from his cozy home in Virginia.

Frank Montoya Jr. to Head FBI Honolulu Division

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Frank Montoya, Jr., the section chief for the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, who worked on the Oklahoma bombing and Robert Hanssen spy case, has been named head of the bureau’s Honolulu Division.

Montoya joined the FBI in 1991 and was first stationed in the San Antonio Field Office, where he worked violent crime and fugitive investigations. He also worked temporarily in the Oklahoma office to help in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation.

In June 1996, he transferred to the San Juan Field Office and worked in the special operations group and was a surveillance team leader on drug, violent crime, and national security cases, the FBI said.

He then went off to the Washington Field Office’s national security squad, and in April 2000, he went to headquarters where he oversaw national security investigations and operations. During that time, he assisted with the Robert Hanssen investigation.

In November 2002, he went to the Milwaukee Field Office where he was a supervisor and oversaw the counterintelligence squad and several national security investigations.

In 2005, it was back to headquarters where he was promoted to unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

In July 2007, he became a special agent in charge of the counterintelligence branch in the San Francisco office.

Ex-FBI Agent O’Neill Talks About Helping Bust FBI Agent Robert Hanssen

FBI Spy Robert Hanssen

FBI Spy Robert Hanssen

Many years have passed since FBI agent Robert Hanssen was busted for being a spy.  But the story is still worth retelling and retelling. That’s what  ex-FBI agent Eric O’Neill, who is now in the private sector,  did the other night.

By Dinara Aprymova
The Tennessee Journalist
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former FBI operative Eric O’Neill shared his experience in catching the most notorious spy in U.S. history Tuesday night at the UC auditorium. O’Neill’s story was depicted in the Universal feature film Breach, starring Ryan Phillippe.

O’Neill graduated from Auburn University in 1995. He then moved to Washington D.C. to work as a consultant. He realized the consultant position was not where he wanted to be, so he began applying for work with governmental agencies.

O’Neill joined the FBI after going through a long process to determine if he represented upstanding citizenry. As an undercover surveillance specialist, O’Neill was trained to watch, photograph and follow people on the streets of Washington, D.C.

“In 2001, I am called off the street to discuss a case that my superiors thought I’d be just right for,” O’Neill said.

His new assignment was to investigate special agent Robert Hanssen. O’Neill was chosen for this mission because he was a Catholic and a male.

Since the FBI suspected Hanssen of espionage, they built an office for him, gave him an important job and enticed him not to retire.

On the first day of work, Hanssen introduced O’Neill to “Hanssen’s Law”. This “law” stated that “the spy is always where he has access to the information that he knows he can use to do the most damage and get the most money. And he knows how to use it and get away with it.”

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