March 28, 2001 |
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said Tuesday that the government may seek the death penalty against Robert Philip Hanssen, the veteran FBI agent accused of spying for Moscow. But former prosecutors and other experts said the Justice Department will face major legal hurdles if it tries to apply a 1994 law that provides capital punishment for divulging the identity of a U.S. agent to a foreign country, causing the agent's death.
March 12, 2001 |
The FBI will be scrutinized in an internal Justice Department probe to determine how an agent allegedly sold U.S. secrets to Russia for 15 years without being detected, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said. Ashcroft has ordered the department's inspector general to review FBI security procedures in the wake of espionage charges against former agent Robert Philip Hanssen, a counterintelligence expert.
April 23, 1996 |
An investigation into whether former Prime Minister Jozef Oleksy spied for Moscow has been closed because of insufficient evidence, a military prosecutor said. The three-month investigation into the allegations that drove Oleksy from office established "no direct proof" against him, Col. Slawomir Gorzkiewicz, who headed the probe, said. Oleksy, a former provincial Communist Party boss, has acknowledged frequent contacts with Soviet and Russian diplomats but has denied passing secrets to Moscow.
April 15, 1992 |
Russia is recalling spies from Europe because they don't have enough work, the Russian Itar-Tass news agency said Tuesday. "We have already begun reducing our intelligence network in Germany and other countries," the news agency quoted a Russian foreign intelligence spokeswoman as saying. It did not specify which other countries would see their Russian spy community cut. Nor did it give any figures.
February 21, 2001 |
The arrest of a high-level FBI agent accused of spying for Russia for a decade after the demise of the Soviet Union reveals just how little things have changed since the Cold War. Despite the end of an intense ideological rivalry, Moscow still runs its largest intelligence program in America, focused on issues ranging from arms technology to U.S.-Russia policy intentions, American officials and Russia experts said.
May 17, 2001 |
Robert Philip Hanssen, a 25-year veteran FBI agent, was indicted Wednesday on espionage charges. Federal prosecutors said the father of six "betrayed his country for over 15 years" and seriously compromised the security of the country. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death. The 57-page indictment handed up by a grand jury in Alexandria, Va.
December 21, 1999 |
Melita Norwood, the 87-year-old British great-grandmother who admitted spying for the Soviet Union during the Cold War, will not face prosecution, legal authorities said Monday. Norwood said in September that she passed secrets to Moscow while working in Britain's atomic weapons program after World War II. Solicitor General Ross Cranston said cases of four other alleged spies revealed in KGB papers published this year would not be pursued.
April 24, 1996 |
A Navy petty officer was charged with attempted espionage after he allegedly offered information about nuclear submarine technology to a Russian official last month, U.S. officials said. Kurt G. Lessenthien, 29, an instructor at the Navy Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., was arrested after the FBI found out about his alleged offer to the Russians. No classified information was passed to any unauthorized person.
May 16, 2001 |
Attorneys for Robert Philip Hanssen, the accused FBI spy, have abruptly rejected entreaties from federal prosecutors that they enter into a plea agreement and have told the government they are ready to proceed to trial on espionage charges. The sticking point is the refusal of prosecutors to promise Hanssen before any plea that they would not ask a judge to impose the death penalty on him.
March 3, 2001 |
There's one espionage suspect on trial, a U.S. Fulbright scholar was branded a spy in training and held on drug charges, and the United States is accusing Russia of buying surveillance secrets from a high-level FBI agent. Into this ferment, Russia's former spymaster emerged Friday from semi-retirement to say that all the "spy mania" is overblown.