The Witness series brings together the men and women of  Law Enforcement who were instrumental in landmark events in American history. For information about upcoming programs please visit the Museums Events pages.

On October 1, 2013, the National Law Enforcement Museum and the International Spy Museum hosted a panel discussion on the investigation of notorious Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent and Russian spy, Robert Hanssen, who sold high-level US secrets to Russia for over twenty years. Panelists Mike Rochford, (ret.) FBI Section Chief, Russian Overseas Espionage; and David Wise, author of Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America, shed light on what motivated Hanssen’s betrayal of the United States. Rochford described the process of finally pinning Hanssen as the culprit of hundreds of leaked highly sensitive documents to the Russians. He referred to some clues that in hindsight may have led the FBI to Hanssen as “puffs of smoke” that at the time did not amount to any significant proof of Hanssen’s guilt. Hanssen was ultimately captured thanks to the collective work of the FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State and the Justice Department. Hanssen was arrested in 2001 and subsequently convicted of espionage.


This program was generously sponsored by Target