A Spy in Plain Sight: The Inside Story of the FBI and Robert Hanssen-America's Most Damaging Russian Spy

A Spy in Plain Sight: The Inside Story of the FBI and Robert Hanssen-America's Most Damaging Russian Spy

by Lis Wiehl
A Spy in Plain Sight: The Inside Story of the FBI and Robert Hanssen-America's Most Damaging Russian Spy

A Spy in Plain Sight: The Inside Story of the FBI and Robert Hanssen-America's Most Damaging Russian Spy

by Lis Wiehl

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Overview

A legal analyst for NPR, NBC, and CNN, delves into the facts surrounding what has been called the “worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history”: the case of Robert Hanssen—a Russian spy who was embedded in the FBI for two decades.

As a federal prosecutor and the daughter of an FBI agent, Wiehl has an inside perspective. She brings her experience and the ingrained lessons of her upraising to bear on her remarkable exploration of the case, interviewing numerous FBI and CIA agents both past and present as well as the individuals closest to Hanssen. She speaks with his brother-in-law, his oldest and best friend, and even his psychiatrist.

In all her conversations, Wiehl is trying to figure out how he did it—and at what cost. But she also pursues questions urgently relevant to our national security today. Could there be another spy in the system? Could the presence of a spy be an even greater threat now than ever before, with the greater prominence cyber security has taken in recent years? Wiehl explores the mechanisms and politics of our national security apparatus and how they make us vulnerable to precisely this kind of threat.

Wiehl grew up among the same people with whom Hanssen ingratiated himself, and she has spent her career trying to find the truth within fractious legal and political conflicts. A Spy in Plain Sight reflects on the deeply sown divisions and paranoias of our present day and provides an unparalleled view into the functioning of the FBI, and will stand alongside pillars of the genre like Killers of the Flower Moon, The Spy and the Traitor, and No Place to Hide.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639361717
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/03/2022
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 176,983
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators. She is a regular commentator for CNN and also appears often on CBS, NPR, and other news outlets. For fifteen years, she was a legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel. Prior to that she was the co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor. She was also a tenured law professor at the University of Washington School of Law, in Seattle. Prior to joining the Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered. Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office. Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland. Wiehl is also the author of over nineteen books.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Prologue: Strange Encounter xiii

Part I 1

Chapter 1 TOPHAT 3

Chapter 2 Spying 1.0 7

Chapter 3 "What Are You Hiding?" 12

Chapter 4 Grooming a Mole 17

Chapter 5 Spying 2.0 24

Chapter 6 "Holy Shit!" 34

Part II 45

Chapter 7 Who Is Robert Hanssen? 47

Chapter 8 All-American Boy 58

Chapter 9 Black Is White/Good Is Evil 71

Part III

Chapter 10 Trust Me! 89

Chapter 11 Puffs of Smoke 103

Chapter 12 "Do You Think Bob Could Be a KGB Agent?" 114

Chapter 13 Sumo Wrestling 124

Part IV 131

Chapter 14 The Vault People 133

Chapter 15 Odd Couple 140

Chapter 16 First Blood 149

Chapter 17 And the Winner Is … 160

Part V 167

Chapter 18 Whac-a-Mole 169

Chapter 19 He's Back! 184

Part VI 197

Chapter 20 PENNYWISE 199

Chapter 21 Baiting the Trap 216

Chapter 22 Takedown 232

Part VII 241

Chapter 23 Collateral Damage 243

Chapter 24 The Mind of a Spy 260

Chapter 25 Another Hanssen? 271

Sources and Methodology 283

Acronyms and Agencies 291

Endnotes 295

Index 309

Acknowledgments 317

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