WASHINGTON — The FBI isn’t ruling out the possibility that Russia shared ultra-sensitive information about U.S. intelligence-gathering methods with other countries, including China, after buying the vital secrets from an agency mole over the past 15 years, an FBI spokesman told WorldNetDaily yesterday.
Russia formed a military alliance with Communist China last year.
Former FBI and CIA chief William H. Webster will explore the possibility that leaks spread beyond Russia as part of his comprehensive review of top-secret intelligence programs compromised since 1985 by alleged FBI spy Robert Philip Hanssen.
“That will be part of the damage assessment,” said FBI spokesman Steve Berry. “We’ll know after the assessment” whether China or other countries also benefited from what now appears to be the most devastating case of espionage in U.S. history.
Hanssen was arrested Sunday and charged with espionage and conspiracy to commit espionage. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
Top Secret information he allegedly sold to the Russians includes intelligence on how the FBI tracks foreign spies here.
Such information would be extremely valuable to Chinese military intelligence, which has deployed a major spying operation in the U.S. in recent years.
Separately, Berry says details of where and how Hanssen stashed the more than $600,000 in cash and diamonds he allegedly received from Russian agents won’t be officially revealed until his trial.
“How he hid the money will be part of the court proceedings,” he said. “I can’t comment on that now.”
In letters Hanssen allegedly wrote to Russian agents, he expressed his fear of depositing the cash in U.S. banks due to Treasury Department monitoring of suspicious transactions.
Instead, he allegedly asked his Russian handlers to launder the cash through banks in Zurich, Switzerland. The handlers balked at the idea, however.
It’s not clear where Hanssen kept the cash, which was allegedly paid to him in mostly used $100 bills.