A federal judge denied bond for Ron Rockwell Hansen, an US intelligence officer who’s been charged with stealing sensitive classified information from the Defense Intelligence Agency. Since 2012, the traitor worked a regular delivery route, carrying secret information to Beijing like it was Chow Mein takeout. Worse, he did it right under the nose of the FBI.
Mainstream media doesn’t want anyone to know that Barack Obama’s administration ignored the many warning signs for years, blacking those “key elements” right out of the story like they need to be “redacted.” Basically, Hanson was operating without a hitch, despite his many red flag-type activities.
The spy traveled “to and from China 40 times,” over the past six years, delivering “sensitive information” to Chinese intelligence “in return for more than $800,000 in cash, wire transfers, and credit card payments.”
In April of this year, after returning from one such meeting, he placed the newest “order.” Hansen offered $200,000 of Chinese cash in exchange for serving up “the China ops plan” on a silver platter.
Hansen approached the anonymous “DIA officer” he had “recruited,” and tried to buy “the operations plan of the U.S. military regarding potential military intervention with China.”
What he didn’t know was that his recruit was working undercover with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Residing in Syracuse, Utah, 58-year-old Hansen was arrested Saturday at Washington state’s Seattle-Tacoma International airport. He was en route to China with the delivery sack. The espionage indictment lists 15 individual counts.
In between his frequent trips to mainland China, Hansen “attended military intelligence conferences in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere and provided detailed reports to the Chinese.”
Not only that, he also “compiled information on U.S. Army Cyber Command and DIA sites, personnel and operations, and members of Congress from Utah.”
In 2012, Hansen was a busy little mole. At the same time he applied for rehire by the DIA, he also tried to get a job as a staffer on the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Obama’s FBI didn’t notice a thing, even when they ran his background checks. He didn’t show up on their radar until he, himself, approached Salt Lake City FBI agents. Not just once, but nine times in 2012 and 2013. He kept offering “his cooperation as a source.”
Hansen told the FBI that the Chinese were asking him to spy and offered to act as a double agent. He wanted to feed them some harmless and misleading information. That way he could safely collect money from both sides of the fence.
The FBI said thanks but no thanks, and “admonished him not to meet further with Chinese agents.” He didn’t listen to their advice.
Even though the FBI “kept tabs on Hansen by phone taps, searches of his hotel rooms, and other means,” they never had a clue.
In 2016, Hansen was trying to find an insider to work with at the DIA. After meeting with one officer more than once, to feel out his level of interest, the officer turned him in.
The intelligence officer “filed a suspicious incident report with his superiors.” The DIA and the FBI finally opened a joint investigation into Hansen, with the officer working as an undercover informant.
When Hansen came back in April, ready to buy some war plans, the informant called the feds as usual. This time, there were new agents answering the phone.
When the new and improved Donald Trump administration FBI heard that Hansen was trying to get his hands on the Chinese war plans, with a side order of Korean intelligence – North and South both please, they moved in for the kill.
After the DIA informant huddled with federal investigators, he met with Hansen in a Seattle hotel room. He didn’t hand the report over, that would look fishy, instead, he played a game of show and tell with “an actual top-secret military document.”
According to the indictment, Hansen “took extensive notes and asked detailed questions.” Then he headed for the airport.
The charging document also shows that during the Obama era, “Hansen bought export-controlled electronic encryption software from Maryland and Colorado companies and routed the programs to Chinese agents, obscuring the transactions through a front company.”
Hansen had it all figured out. He didn’t actually own but had “an operating interest” in five different companies. All were registered in Salt Lake City. He used these shell companies to “launder payments from the Chinese via wire transfers and credit card charges.”
The FBI never noticed what he was doing but U.S. Customs started asking him where the “thousands of dollars in cash” that he kept returning from China with were coming from, so he stopped.
Prosecutors say his background as an intelligence officer makes him an extreme flight risk. His training, they say, “equipped him to avoid capture if he chose to flee.” The judge agreed and he is being held without bail.
Along with the espionage charges, Hansen is looking at felony charges for acting as an agent of a foreign government, bulk cash smuggling, structuring illegal monetary transactions, and smuggling goods out of the country.
When the judge reads Hansen’s fortune cookie, he’s likely to find a Monopoly “chance” card stuffed inside, “go to jail… go directly to jail…” The spying charge alone is good for a life prison sentence.