Books, a Motion Picture, and a Documentary
The Hanssen case generated a great deal of news media interest. Reporters, authors, and producers, and great numbers contacted the FBI’s public affairs personnel immediately when news broke, and the FBI issued a detailed news release and held a news conference in Washington, DC on February 20, 2001.
As soon as it was possible, the FBI cooperated with news reporters and then with book authors.
Several books were written. The following two by different authors are good accounts of the case.
The Bureau and the Mole
By David A. Vise, 2002
SPY: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America
By David Wise, 2002
In 2006 Hollywood began work on the motion picture Breach, which was released in February 2007. Entertaining and informative despite some inaccuracies. Some scenes were recreated and filmed at the actual FBI Headquarters J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building and in the Washington, DC area.
In November 2020, the two-hour documentary A Spy in the FBI was completed and released. It is well done and has been shown on the Reelz cable television channel. Several actual FBI executives, Special Agents, and senior analysts who knew Hanssen and were involved in the case are interviewed.