Hanssen Snooped on Hillary, Chelsea, FBI Director; Confessed Spy's Computer Searches Escaped Bureau
Byline: Jerry Seper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Confessed Russian spy Robert P. Hanssen's unauthorized use of FBI computers to obtain confidential information on Hillary Rodham Clinton, her daughter, Chelsea, and FBI Director Louis J. Freeh was never detected by FBI internal security officials, an investigation says.
A 13-month probe into FBI security problems by a seven-member commission, headed by former CIA and FBI Director William H. Webster, said Hanssen, a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent, gained entry to computers on more than 20 occasions for information on the first lady, Chelsea Clinton and Mr. Freeh.
The commission's 107-page report, released yesterday, said Hanssen ran searches with the names "Hillary Rodham Clinton," "Hillary" and "Chelsea," along with at least one on Mr. Freeh. The report said had FBI security officials been aware of these searches, "it seems likely" they would have found this activity "peculiar" and it would have received "close scrutiny."
The report also said Hanssen searched for documents containing his name, spelled several different ways, his home address, names of agents in FBI espionage squads, code names of espionage investigations, counterintelligence restricted cases and terms such as "espionage."
Those searches, the report said, were aimed at determining if resources had been allocated to surveil the locations he used as drops for secret information. Those searches, had they been detected, should have alerted FBI security officials to his misconduct, the report said.
It was not clear what information Hanssen sought or retrieved concerning Mrs. Clinton, her daughter or Mr. Freeh, but the report concluded that FBI security officials should have detected the unauthorized searches.
The report, delivered to Attorney General John Ashcroft, said FBI senior executives paid little attention to significant deficiencies in the bureau's internal security system, and that FBI executives - hampered by a fragmented and uncoordinated internal security system - failed to correct long-standing security problems.
The commission documented extensive FBI technology and management problems that led to internal security breakdowns. It also concluded that FBI executives gave low priority to security matters, that the bureau was using outdated computers, networks and encryption standards, and that, as a result, morale among rank-and-file agents was low and dropping. …