Hey! Wait a second! Does Talking Points have to connect all the dots here? Remember that laptop that went missing from the State Department last year?
Maybe Hanssen snagged it!!!
According to this article just posted on MSNBC: “From February 1995 until January, Hanssen was the FBI’s senior representative to the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions, where he oversaw an interagency counterintelligence group.”
So maybe the problem wasn’t Madeleine Albright running a loosey-goosey, slipshod operation. Maybe it was Louis Freeh sending a spy over to help ‘oversee’ State Department intelligence. Louis, good goin’, dude!!!
P.S. Could Hanssen have been connected to that Russian diplomat who got caught working on an eavesdropping device outside State Department headquarters back in ’99? Sure. Why not. Put that on the list too.
P.P.S. Do you have any reason to believe, or does it even make sense, that Hanssen could have been involved in either one of these incidents? No idea. But, hey, we’re talkin’ about Louis Freeh here so we can use his rulebook, no? Let’s wait and see what Walter Pincus and Vernon Loeb come up with.