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FBI Agent Arrested for Espionage

Aired February 20, 2001 - 7:27 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

COLLEEN MCEDWARDS, CNN ANCHOR: This just in to CNN: A key agent of the FBI has been arrested on charges of spying -- on accusations of spying. CNN is told that he was arrested late Sunday night.

Our Justice Department reporter, Kelli Arena, joins us now with more on this.

Kelli, what do we know?

KELLI ARENA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Colleen, FBI Director Louis Freeh has confirmed that a veteran FBI agent was arrested for espionage. That agent's name: Philip Robert Hanssen. He will appear in court at 11:00 a.m. today in the (INAUDIBLE)

MCEDWARDS: Sorry. I think we have just lost Kelli there. But we're going to try to get you -- get her back again. She is naming that agent as Philip Hanssen.

David Ensor joins us now with more on this as well.

David, can you tell us more?

Sorry, we don't have David. We have lost Kelli. But we're going to get them for you in just a moment. Again, just to recap: A key agent of the FBI has been arrested on charges of spiling -- spying, rather. That agent's name, we are told, is Philip Hanssen. We're going to bring you more on this in just a moment.

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