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FBI agent accused of spying

The Washington Post


A veteran FBI agent who spe-

"cialized in Russian counter-intelligence was accused
yesterday of spying for Moscow for much of the past
15 years, an alleged betrayal that created a massive
* breach in national security, harmed U.S. intelligence
operations and contributed to the execution of two
Russian double agents, according to officials and court
Moscow allegedly rewarded Robert Philip Hanssen,
56, with more than $1.4 million in cash, diamonds and
payments deposited in Russian bank accounts, FBI
director Louis J. Freeh said at a news conference where
he outlined the plot and how it was unraveled.
- F Hanssen was arrested at a Fairfax County park Sun-
day not far from his modest Vienna, Va., home after
being caught attempting to deliver a garbage bag full
of highly classified documents to Russian intelligence
agents in exchange for $50.000 in cash left at another
park in Arlington, Freeh said.
Experts characterized the Hanssen case as the worst
spying episode in FBI history.
Leaving documents and computer disks for his

unseen contacts in Northern Virginia parks, Hanssen
compromised "numerous human sources" and turned
over dozens of highly classified reports revealing
nuclear secrets, electronic surveillance techniques and
other cornerstones of U.S. intelligence, according to a
109-page affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in
Alexandria, Va. He also hindered the FBI's investiga-
tion of former State Department employee Felix Bloch
in 1989.
In a single 1988 drop, for example, Hanssen turned
over "top secret" CIA documents about nuclear pro-
grams, a "top secret" historical FBI review of Soviet
defectors and recruitments, a "top secret ... compendi-
um of future intelligence requirements" and a "secret"
CIA staff study of KGB recruitment, according to the
"The full extent of the damage done is yet
unknown," Freeh said yesterday. "We believe, however,
that it was exceptionally grave. The criminal conduct
alleged represents the most traitorous actions imagin-
able against a country governed by the rule of law"
Hanssen is the third FBI agent in history to be
arrested on charges of spying. Earl Edwin Pitts pleaded
guilty in 1997 to spying for Moscow. Richard Miller

An FBI agent confiscates the mail from FBI agent
Robert Hanssen's home in Vienna, Va. yesterday.
was convicted of espoionage in 1984.
Hanssen, who was ordered held without bond yes-
terday until his next court appearance on espionage
charges March 5, could face the death penalty if con-

Napster offers to settle for $1 billion
Napster Inc. offered $1 billion to the recording industry yesterday to settle a
copyright infringement lawsuit that threatens to shut down the free Internet song-
swapping service.
Under the proposal, $150 million would be paid annually for the first fi
years to Sony, Warner, BMG, EMI and Universal, with $50 million allotted
annually for independent labels.
"We all ought to sit down and settle this case as fast as we can," Napster chief
executive Hank Barry said. "We're saying this is something consumers really
want. Let's do something to keep it going."
However, an industry group instead urged Napster to accept a federal injunc-
tion ordering it to block copyrighted music from its service.
"This path would be more productive than trying to engage in business negoti-
ations through the media, said Hilary Rosen, president of the Recording Indus-
try Association of America.
The offer was announced a week after a federal appeals court said the mu"
industry almost certainly will win its lawsuit against the pioneering digital ent
tainment company. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Napster to
stop millions of users from swapping copyrighted music without charge.
Barak won't serve as Israeli defense minister
In a dramatic turnaround, caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Barak said yesterday
he will not serve in Ariel Sharon's Cabinet, throwing into disarray plans for unity
government that might renew peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
Barak had said in recent days he would serve as defense minister un*
Sharon, drawing a whirlwind of criticism from his allies in the Labor Party,
charging he had sold out.
If Barak's latest change of mind means a government without Labor, Sharon will
likely be forced into a narrow coalition dependent of right-wing parties - hawks
and religious nationalists - who would have little flexibility in talks with Arabs and
who oppose any territorial concessions to the Palestinians. Such a grouping would
likely be unable to make progress in peace talks with the Palestinians.
Barak announced his latest change of mind yesterday in a letter to Sharon- a
sharp reversal to the prime minister-elect's efforts to set up a national unity gov-
ernment with his Likud and Barak's Labor.
Sharon, who trounced Barak in a Feb. 6 elections, has said he needs a broa L
based government to deal with nearly five months of Palestinian-Israeli violen

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Vaccine may prevent
cervcal cancer
Government scientists have created a
potential vaccine against a virus that
causes cervical cancer, a promising
development against a cancer that each
year kills 200,000 women worldwide,
including 5,000 Americans.
The experimental vaccine just passed
its first human safety test but has years
more testing ahead to prove if it does
protect women against cancer.
Still, "the prospects for this vaccine
are remarkably promising," said Dr.
Harald zur Hausen, a cervical cancer
expert in Heidelberg, Germany. He
reviewed the research in yesterday's
Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Until a vaccine becomes reality, a
widely available virus test is highly
effective at telling which of some 2 mil-
lion American women with inconclu-
sive Pap smears each year need further
cancer exams _ and who can relax, says
a second study in Tuesday's journal.
White House opens
faith-based office
President Bush's plan to allow
churches, synagogues and other reli-
gious bodies to compete for government
money is drawing quiet objections from
religious groups that are among the
biggest providers of social services.
While not opposing Bush's initiative
outright, Lutheran, Catholic and Jew-
ish groups are raising concerns about
potential religious discrimination and

coercion, echoing arguments from
civil libertarian quarters.
"We believe basically in that separa-
tion in church and state," said Joanne
Negstad, president of Lutheran Ser-
vices in America, an umbrella organi-
zation for 280 groups.
The White House Office of Fait-
Based and Community Initiati ~
opened yesterday, and its head, John
Dilulio, has been busy meeting with
these and other groups, trying to
address concerns and build support.
Atlantis lands after
13 days in space
Space shuttle Atlantis and its cr
of five landed in the Mojave Des
yesterday after three straight days of
bad weather prevented the ship from
returning to Florida.
Atlantis swept through a hazy sky
and touched down at 12:33 p.m. - 13
days after lifting off for the interna-
tional space station. During the mis-
sion, the astronauts delivered- and
installed Destiny, a $1.4 billion labo -
tory that is considered the m
sophisticated research module ev~r to
fly in space.
"It was an all-star team, an all-star
effort and I just think a wonderful, won-
derful mission for all of us," shuttle pro-
gram manager Ron Dittemore said.
. Thick, low clouds kept Atlantis
from touching down at Kennedy Space
Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on
Tuesday. On the previous two days, the
problem was gusty wind.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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