Magazine article The New American

KGB/FSB: The "Game" Remains the Same: Two Decades after the Supposed Collapse of Communism, the Russian FSB and SVR Continue the KGB's Same Deadly Program of World Revolution

Magazine article The New American

KGB/FSB: The "Game" Remains the Same: Two Decades after the Supposed Collapse of Communism, the Russian FSB and SVR Continue the KGB's Same Deadly Program of World Revolution

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As the Ford Taurus slowly approached the signal site, hidden FBI agents readied for a possible arrest. For weeks they had been staking out a path in Foxstone Park in Vienna, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. Their elusive quarry was a Soviet mole in the FBI, codenamed "Ramon Garcia." Over the course of more than two decades, "Ramon" had done incalculable damage to the United States' security, selling Top Secret information to the Soviet GRU (military intelligence) and KGB, and to the KGB's Russian successor agency, the FSB, and its foreign arm, the SVR.

Would "Ramon" stop this time? More than a month earlier he had placed a piece of adhesive tape on the park's signpost. He had been passing by the post frequently--often several times on the same day--to check for a response from the Russians. On January 23, 2001, an FBI agent had reported, "Target drove past Foxstone Park signal site shortly before six p.m. Came virtually to a stop, then drove away." Three days later the agent reported that "Ramon" had driven by the post three times, about an hour apart, at 5:37 p.m., 6:42 p.m., and 7:44 p.m.

He was early today--almost two hours ahead of the time he had arranged with his Russian contacts. But this appeared to be the real thing. "Ramon" parked the Taurus and got out. He walked down the trail a couple hundred yards through the woods to a footbridge, one of his "dead drops." He looked nervously about and then taped a package under the corner of the bridge. He was nearly back to his car when the command over a bullhorn brought him to a halt: "Freeze! Freeze exactly where you are! Do not move!"

Half a dozen FBI agents sprang from behind a blind and surrounded him. Two days after the arrest, at a February 20, 2001 press conference, FBI Director Louis J. Freeh announced that Soviet-Russian spy "Ramon" was actually one of the FBI's top counterintelligence specialists, Robert Philip Hanssen.

According to Director Freeh, "Hanssen provided to the former Soviet Union and subsequently to Russia substantial volumes of highly classified information that he acquired during the course of bis job responsibilities in counterintelligence. In return, he received large sums of money and other remuneration. The complaint alleges that he received over $600,000." Freeh noted the "full extent of the damage done is yet unknown," but characterized it as "exceptionally grave."

Hanssen, charged the federal grand jury indictment, "did knowingly and unlawfully combine, confederate, and agree with other persons ... including officers of the KGB/SVR, to knowingly and unlawfully communicate, deliver, and transmit to foreign governments, specifically the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and its successor, the Russian Federation ... documents and information relating to the national defense of the United States," with the knowledge that the same "would be used to the injury of the United States."

"The information he is alleged to have provided," said Freeh, "compromised numerous human sources, technical operations, counterintelligence techniques, sources and methods, and investigations." There was blood on Hanssen's hands. He had, said Freeh, "disclosed the identity of two KGB officials who ... had been recruited by the U.S. Government." Both of these agents, Freeh noted, were arrested, tried, and executed after they had returned to Russia. Subsequent reports indicate Hanssen may have been responsible for the deaths of two additional defectors.

Hanssen, Putin, and 9/11

The sensational capture of the top-level Soviet/Russian mole in one of our nation's most sensitive intelligence posts, however, was largely forgotten a few months later when the far more sensational September 11 terrorist attacks captivated world attention. This was both ironic and tragic since the 9/11 attacks should have been viewed (and should be viewed now) in the context of--and in connection with--the enormous national security compromises revealed in the Hanssen espionage fiasco. …

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