Superspy: The Man who Betrayed the West

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History Documentary hosted by Stephen Rashbrook, published by Discovery Channel in 2007 - English narration

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-- Also aired as "Robert Hanssen: Double Agent Revealed" -- The incredible true story of a high-ranking intelligence officer, Robert Hanssen, who betrays US secrets to foreign powers, and the young FBI agent tasked with capturing him. Based on witness testimony and official case records that remained secret until now, it's about betrayal from within, by a traitor believed to be a friend. In the secret world of counter intelligence, one fear looms larger than all others. A threat from within by a traitor you believe is a friend. Suspicion points to a key figure in western intelligence, trading secrets worth billions of dollars, causing damage on a global scale. Enter the world of espionage and discover the incredible story of Robert Hansen, double agent. In the heart of Washington DC there's a spy among the very people charged with protecting the nation - the FBI. When a double agent secretly accuses one of the top names in US intelligence a desperate race begins. How can the traitor be netted before he betrays more precious secrets? Can the shocking claims be probed without alerting a man who himself knows every trick of the spying trade? The agonising choices facing US spymasters in the of fall 2000 sound like a thriller plotline – but they are fact. There was no manual for a mission like this. In the secret world of counter-intelligence it was a nightmare scenario. The spy catchers had a spy in their midst. With exclusive first-time access to Eric O'Neill, the FBI agent tasked with discovering the truth, this film at last reveals the untold story of the West's worst ever spying disaster involving turncoat FBI boss Robert Hanssen. His treachery led to torture and death for several agents, advanced the threat of nuclear war, and cost the US billions of dollars. The most sensitive spy-on-spy mission ever mounted was handed to 27-year-old rookie Eric O'Neill who, with only four years experience at the FBI, had to draw out the 25-year veteran spymaster and catch him off guard. Using O'Neill's testimony and a stylishly crafted reconstruction, the operation which had been underway for nearly two decades, reached a nerve-wracking climax when 'Graysuit' was arrested at a 'dead drop' in a park near his home. Now Robert Hanssen is serving life in prison - in solitary confinement. Expert analysts reveal how the betrayal even helped Osama Bin Laden target the Twin Towers and wage the war of terror which continues to this day. The colourful array of witnesses who flesh out the story include former head of both the FBI and the CIA, William Webster; Dr David Charney, the FBI psychiatrist who probed Hanssen's twisted mind; Hanssen's boss and 20-year acquaintance, David Major; ex-KGB General Oleg Kalugin, who reveals the full magnitude of Hanssen's treachery; as well as other experts in the US and Russian intelligence community with first hand knowledge of the case. Written and Directed by Andy Webb ; Atlantic Productions for Discovery Channel in association with FremantleMedia Enterprises and La7

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC Main@L3.2
Video Bitrate: 3 634 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1278x716
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 50.000 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 126 kb/s VBR 48.0 kHz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 51 min 32 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.36 GB
Source: HDTV
Encoded by: unknown@a.b.documentaries

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