A former FBI agent who took more than $1.4 million in cash and diamonds to trade secrets with Russia and the former Soviet Union in one of the most notorious spying cases in American history died in prison Monday. Robert Hanssen, 79, was found unresponsive in his cell at a federal prison in Florence, Colorado, and later pronounced dead, prison officials said. Hanssen is believed to have died of natural causes, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss details of Hanssen's death and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. He had been serving a sentence of life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to 15 counts of espionage and other charges in 2001.
Robert Hanssen is a former FBI agent who gained notoriety for being one of the most damaging spies in the history of the United States. Hanssen joined the FBI in 1976 and worked as a counterintelligence agent for years before deciding to risk the lives of his countryman for some cash. Makes no sense.
Anyway, Hanssen began spying for the Soviet Union and later Russia. Over the course of more than TWO DECADES, he provided classified information to the Soviet Union and Russia which was obviously compromising national security.
Hanssen's traitorous actions caused the exposure and deaths of several US agents working in the Soviet Union. He provided info on FBI techniques, operations, and assets to the Russians. Hanssen was able to avoid detection for a long time by using sophisticated encryption methods.
In 2001, Hanssen was finally arrested by the FBI and pleaded guilty to espionage charges. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and you can tell exactly how big of a piece of shit this guy is because of where he's been imprisoned.
ADX Florence. It's the only SuperMax prison in the united states. It's easily one of the most terrifying places on earth. I was fascinated with the SuperMax prison for a while. It has housed some of the worst of the worst.
ADX Florence was designed to house the most dangerous and high-profile inmates, including those who have committed serious crimes such as terrorism, espionage, or organized crime. The facility was built to minimize contact between inmates and staff and to prevent escapes and acts of violence which almost every single person inside the walls has done in spades.
People like Mexican kingpin El Chapo, Ted Kaczynski (aka the Unabomber), Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Terry Nichols (OKC Bombing), Ramzi Ahmed Youse- one of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers and Mamdouh Mahmud Salim the Al-Qaida cofounder are locked away with no key. Pretty bad dudes but that's just the beginning of the list. You don't go to Florence without being a certified menace to society.
ADX Florence has the highest level of security measures possibly in the world including extensive electronic surveillance, multiple layers of reinforced barriers, and strict control over inmate movement. Inmates at ADX Florence spend the majority of their time in their cells, typically for 23 hours a day, and have very limited contact with other inmates or the outside world. We are talking 15 minutes of phone calls a month. If you touch a staff member, they can shoot you on site. They arent allowed to talk to anyone except when their food is delivered.
Typically, the old adage is that getting a life sentence is easier than the death penalty. Not here. This prison seems like the absolute worst place on earth.
I don't know what Hannsen died from but Im as sure as possible that he'd rather be dead than spend the six life sentences in that bitch.
If you're interested, this interview will blow your damn mind.