Former FBI Agent Robert Hanssen, who was convicted of spying for Russia, dies in prison.In one of the most infamous spying cases in American history, a former FBI agent used more than $1.4 million in cash and diamonds to trade secrets with Russia and the former Soviet Union.
He passed away in prison on Monday.
At a federal prison in Florence, Colorado, Robert Hanssen, 79, was discovered unconscious in his cell and later pronounced dead, according to prison officials.
A person with knowledge of the situation informed The Associated Press that Hanssen is thought to have passed away naturally.
The individual talked to the AP under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss Hanssen’s death.
He had pleaded guilty to 15 counts of espionage and other offenses in 2001, receiving a sentence of life in jail without the possibility of release.
According to an FBI history of his case, he started giving highly sensitive national security intelligence to Russia and the former Soviet Union in 1985 and received more than $1.4 million in cash, bank funds, and diamonds in return over a 16-year period.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Hanssen’s passing has been reported to the FBI.
Since July 2002, he has been spending time in Colorado.