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From: Otis Willie
Subject: Book: FBI Paid $7M for Info on Spy
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 16:19:16 EDT
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 20:19:16 GMT
Book: FBI Paid $7M for Info on Spy
(EXCERPT) WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI (news - web sites) paid a former
Russian intelligence officer $7 million for information that helped
crack the case of a senior agent who spied for Russia for over two
decades, according to a new book about the mole.
In "SPY: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen (news - web
sites) Betrayed America," author David Wise writes that the former KGB
officer who supplied the thick file was secretly relocated to the
United States. Random House will publish the book on Oct 22.
The FBI would not comment on the amount paid or on the report that the
officer was spirited out of Russia with his family.
Hanssen pleaded guilty in July 2001 to spying for Moscow for over two
decades, avoiding the death penalty by agreeing to cooperate with
officials. In exchange for cash, diamonds and Rolex watches, the agent
passed on sensitive data that officials say at least partly led to the
executions of three Russians spying for the FBI, including Dmitri
Polyakov, one of America's best intelligence sources, in 1986. Hanssen
also betrayed the presence of the FBI's multimillion dollar
eavesdropping tunnel under the Soviet Embassy in Washington.
The government was aware for years before Hanssen's arrest in February
2001 that someone was leaking sensitive intelligence to Moscow.
According to the book, the deal between the ex-KGB officer, who is not
named, and the FBI was negotiated two years ago in a New York hotel
room. The file handed over did not identify Hanssen outright but did
include details that led the FBI to the veteran agent, such as his
assignment changes and a taped phone conversation on which Hanssen's
voice could be heard.
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