I just watched Breach, the movie based on the capture of the mole Robert Hanssen, whose passing of information to the Russians constituted perhaps the most serious damage to U.S. national security.
In addition to being a spy, Hanssen was also apparently an ultra-conservative Catholic, involved in Opus Dei, and had a habit of imposing his religious views on his subordinates.
Furthermore, Hanssen was also secretly making videotapes of his wife and himself having sex and sharing the tape with his friends.
(Hanssen pleaded guilty to numerous charges and is currently serving a life sentence.)
Hanssen’s Wikipedia page indicates that his wife had some reason to suspect his spying, but overall, the family was portrayed as being very close.
What I’m curious about is what happened after Hanssen’s capture and the disclosure of everything that went on. It seems to me that in a lot of criminal cases, family members tend to rationalize or justify the perpetrator’s actions.
Is there any indication of how Hanssen’s family has handled this? Do they believe he was innocent and all this was trumped up or a misunderstanding? Alternatively, do they think that his actions were somehow justified, that he was doing something good? Or have they reconciled themselves to the fact that he is a criminal and a traitor and deserves punishment?