(born April 18
) was an FBI
agent who was convicted of spying
for The Soviet Union
. He was arrested on February 20
and charged with selling American secrets to Moscow
for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds over a 15-year period.
On May 10, 2002 in exchange for cooperating with authorities, he was spared the death penalty and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Hanssen was also a member of the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei.