IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA		)
					)
v.					)
					)		CRIMINAL NO.
ROBERT PHILIP HANSSEN,			)
a/k/a "B"				)
a/k/a "Ramon Garcia"			)
a/k/a "Jim Baker"			)
a/k/a "G. Robertson"			)

AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF SEARCH WARRANTS

I, Stefan A. Pluta, being duly sworn, depose and state as follows:

1. I am presently employed as s Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and am assigned to the Washington Field Office in the District of Columbia. My background, as well as facts relevant to the application in support of which this Affidavit is submitted, are laid out in the Affidavit in Support of Criminal Complaint, Arrest Warrant and Search Warrants, subscribed by me in the Eastern District of Virginia on February 16, 2001, in connection with this case, which is hereby incorporated, in its totality, by reference.1

2. This Affidavit is in support of applications for the following:

3. In addition to the facts stated in the above-mentioned previously subscribed-to Affidavit, the results of the continuing investigation in this matter have established the following facts:

4. On February 16, 2001, United States Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, issued a criminal complaint charging ROBERT PHILIP HANSSEN with conspiracy to commit espionage (18 U.S.C. 794(c)) and espionage (18 U.S.C. 794(a)). He also authorized the issuance of search warrants for HANSSEN's residence in Virginia, and for three automobiles located at that residence. The probable cause for the complaint and search warrants was set forth in the attached and incorporated Affidavit which were subscribed and sworn to by me on February 16, 2001.

5. At approximately 4:21 pm on February 18, 2001, surveillance personnel observed HANSSEN, alone, drive his Ford Taurus vehicle into the parking lot of the Pike 7 Plaza shopping center at Route 7 and Gosnell Road at Tysons Corner, Virginia, where he stopped. They observed him get out of the vehicle, walk to its trunk, open the trunk, and remove from it a black plastic trash bag into which he placed something. He got back into the vehicle and, after a brief period, drove away.

6. At approximately 4:34 pm on February 18, 2001, FBI surveillance personnel observed HANSSEN at the Foxstone Park sign which is the signal site associated with the nearby dead drop site codenamed "ELLIS", which are described in paragraph 106 of the attached previously subscribed-to Affidavit. As noted in paragraph 132 of the attached Affidavit, HANSSEN and the KGB/SVR had established "ELLIS" as the site to be used for a "full exchange operation" once a year, on February 18. As noted in paragraph 150 of the attached Affidavit, HANSSEN's Palm III personal digital assistant device was recently found to contain a reference to "ELLIS" and the date February 18.

At the sign, HANSSEN was observed placing a piece of white adhesive tape on the Foxstone Park sign, and then walking into the wooded park, in the direction of a footbridge. Approximately nine minutes later, HANSSEN walked back out of the wooded area, whereupon he was placed under arrest.

7. At the time of his arrest, HANSSEN was carrying on his person his FBI credentials and a small roll of white adhesive tape.

8. FBI personnel recovered from under the footbridge nearest to the Foxstone Park sign, a package wrapped in a taped-up black plastic trash bag. The package was transported to the FBI laboratory, where it was photographed, opened, and its contents examined.

Inside the package was a computer diskette containing an encrypted letter which, when decrypted, read as follows:

Also inside the package were seven FBI documents printed from the FBI's ACS system, classified SECRET and dated from October through December 2000, relating to recent activity in ongoing FBI foreign counterintelligence investigations against Russian targets.

9. The statements as to Location of Evidence, Fruits, Instrumentalities, and Proceeds, in the attached previously subscribed to Affidavit, are also applicable to the Application in support of which this Affidavit is submitted.

HANSSEN'S FBI HEADQUARTERS OFFICE

10. As noted in paragraph 39 of the attached previously subscribed-to Affidavit, since January 13, 2001, HANSSEN has occupied an office in Room 9930 of FBI Headquarters, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., in the District of Columbia. That office has been subjected to limited searches, pursuant to court authority. Immediately after HANSSEN's arrest on February 18, 2001, electronic access to this office was removed from all but two senior officials of the FBI, and this access has remained limited and the officials have not entered the office, pending execution of the search for which authorization is hereby requested.

HANSSEN'S FORMER DOS/OFM OFFICE

11. As noted in paragraph 38 of the attached previously subscribed-to Affidavit, HANSSEN was administratively moved out of the FBI office space within the Department of State's Office of Foreign Missions (DOS/OFM) on January 12, 2001. That office space is designated Suites 106, 107, and 108 within the DOS/OFM office at Room 2510C of the United States Department of State building at 2201 C Street, N.W., in the District of Columbia. Since January 12, 2001, that FBI space has been occupied by another FBI special agent who was witting of this investigation, but HANSSEN has retained access to the office space, and appeared there unexpectedly on at least one occasion, on February 9, 2001.

12. On February 7, 2001, FBI personnel conducted a limited search of the FBI office space within DOS/OFM pursuant to court authority. Within three safes located there were found, among other materials:

13. Other classified documents remain in the FBI office space located in DOS/OFM.

CONCLUSION AS TO PROBABLE CAUSE TO SEARCH

14. Based upon the facts and circumstances stated above and in the attached previously subscribed-to Affidavit, which is hereby incorporated, in its totality, by reference, I believe there is probable cause that evidence, fruits, instrumentalities, and proceeds of espionage activity by ROBERT PHILIP HANSSEN, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 794(a) (Transmitting National Defense Information) and 794(c) (Conspiracy to Commit Espionage), are located in -- and accordingly I respectfully request search warrants for --

ATTESTATION

The above facts are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Sworn and Subscribed to before me
this 21 day of February, 2001

[signed: Alan Kay]
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE


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