David A. Vise


Vise, David A. The Bureau and the Mole: The Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, The Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002.

According to Marston, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2002, the author "traces the superficially parallel careers of Hanssen and former FBI Director Louis Freeh." But the two "had no direct interaction,... so Vise's structure occasionally seems forced." Nevertheless, the book "is a carefully researched and compelling account, with a startling bombshell: in 1990, Hanssen's brother-in-law and fellow FBI agent Mark Wauck reported to his FBI superiors in Chicago that Hanssen was spending far beyond his bureau salary, had thousands in cash hidden in his home and that Wauck suspected Hanssen was spying for the Russians. Incredibly, the FBI did nothing."

Bath, NIPQ 18.4, also finds the "attempted parallel" between "the hunted" (Hanssen) and "the hunter" (Freeh) to be "a bit strained." To Weinstein, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2002, this is an "intelligent and well-researched" work. However, its usefulness is diminished by the absence of an index. There are also touches of a novel in Vise's work, as when he reaches into the minds of both Hanssen and Freeh. For Peake, Intelligencer 13.1, some readers may find Vise's 72 pages on former FBI Director Louis Freeh distracting. Otherwise, this work is "easy reading and informative."


Vise, David A. "The FBI's New Global Reach." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 6 Nov. 2000, 29-30.

The FBI now has "a permanent presence in 44 nations." FBI Director Louis J. Freeh "is quick to point out that the globalization of the bureau, whether it is in fighting terrorism, organized crime, money laundering or computer hacking, mirrors the globalization of crime." Under Freeh, the bureau has created a "sleek and secure" Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC), which "can handle four international crises at once."


Vise, David A. "From Russia With Love." Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2002, W18ff. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"FBI agent Robert Hanssen was a frustrated loner isolated from co-workers, family and friends. Finally he found someone to appreciate his mind and talents: the nice folks from the KGB." [Article adapted from Vise's The Bureau and the Mole (2002).]


Vise, David A. "INS Officer Charged With Spying for Cuba." Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2000, A8. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 17 February 2000, the FBI arrested Mariano Faget, a senior official with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Miami, "and charged him with spying for Cuba.... Through a combination of technical and physical surveillance, the FBI said, 'Operation False Blue' uncovered Faget, who was born in Havana, making unauthorized contacts with Cuban intelligence officers in Miami and other cities." See also, Peter T. Kilborn, "Immigration Official Charged as Spy for Cuban Government," New York Times, 19 Feb. 2000.


Vise, David A., and Lorraine Adams. "FBI Deputy Director Retires: Bryant Presided Over Bureau Reorganization, Major Cases." Washington Post, 1 Dec. 1999, A41. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

On 30 November 1999, Robert M. "Bear" Bryant retired from the number two spot at the FBI after a 31-year career.


Vise, David A., and Lorraine Adams. "FBI to Restructure, Adding Emphasis on Crime Prevention." Washington Post, 11 Nov. 1999, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"[T]he FBI is changing its structure to address internal problems with the handling of information and put a greater emphasis on preventing terrorism and espionage.... [T]he number of major operating divisions ... will increase from two -- the Criminal Division and National Security Division -- to four. A new Counterterrorism Division will focus on terrorist threats and include the bureau's National Infrastructure Protection Center and its computer crimes unit; an Investigative Services Division will consolidate analysts who had worked in separate divisions and will also include the bureau's hostage rescue team and negotiators."


Vise, David A., and Dan Eggen. "FBI Faulted For Rejecting Warnings." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2001, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The FBI failed to heed a series of blunt warnings to adopt security measures that might have allowed agents to detect the kind of espionage that Robert P. Hanssen allegedly conducted for much of the past 15 years, government officials said" on 21 February 2001.


Vise, David A., and Vernon Loeb. "Justice Study Faults FBI In Spy Case." Washington Post, 19 May 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to an administration official, the Justice Department report "'is a top-to-bottom criticism of the FBI's handling of the Wen Ho Lee case'.... 'It highlights the scary question of whether there were other people who were overlooked by the FBI. That is a major national security concern that flows from the report.'"


Vise, David A., and Vernon Loeb. "U.S. Probe of Former CIA Chief Expands." Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"John M. Deutch, who has admitted mishandling classified information while serving as director of the CIA, is now under investigation for similar security violations when he previously held high-level posts in the Defense Department, according to confidential documents and officials familiar with the case."


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