For the heck of it

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Serious Breach of Security

Watched Breach yesterday - a really nice thriller. Breach is a story inspired by true events, which is being labelled as "the greatest security breach in the history of the US intelligence". The movie is based on Robert Philip Hanssen, an American former FBI agent, who spied for the Soviet Union and Russia against the United States for a period of at least 15 years.

After years of investigation, Hanssen was arrested on February 18, 2001, at Foxstone Park near his home in Vienna, Virginia, charged with selling American secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds over a 15-year period. On July 6, 2001, he pled guilty to 15 counts of espionage. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Breach is a movie that follows Hanssen's story - how he cheated the whole nation for monetary benefits, and the investigation, which finally led to his arrest.