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Spy-Hunt Team Followed Trail To F.B.I. Agent
A secret investigative team established in 1994 to identify the source of a series of damaging intelligence losses played a crucial role in the counterespionage probe that led to the arrest on Sunday of an F.B.I. agent, Robert Philip Hanssen, officials said today.
The ''mole hunting'' unit -- a joint operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency whose existence has never before been disclosed -- was formed because investigators could not explain why intelligence operations against Russia continued to be compromised even after the arrest of Aldrich H. Ames, a senior C.I.A. covert officer.
But the two cases were unable to explain the earlier losses, officials said, and the mole hunt continued.
One officer, placed on administrative leave, has been the subject of an investigation to determine whether he spied for Russia.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence plans to hold its first closed-door hearing about the Hanssen case on Wednesday. According to the committee, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Director Louis J. Freeh of the F.B.I. and George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, are scheduled to testify.
The unit is still in operation today because officials believe it is possible other foreign agents continue to operate within the federal government.
By James Risen
Feb. 24, 2001
originally posted by: carewemust
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: ADVISOR
I think Schiff may be a Russian mole.
Hopefully someone can investigate this.
Schiff = Mole for Lucifer.