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Spy’s Prison Sentence Doesn’t Include Movie Rights

In the spy thriller Breach, former Vienna resident and traitor Robert Hanssen is played by the sinister-looking Chris Cooper.

But the FBI agent who sold secrets to the Russians won’t be seeing any of himself in the portrayal, according to his attorney, the legendary Plato Cacheris.

Cacheris says his client’s contacts with the outside world, and with fellow prisoners, are very limited as Hanssen serves a life sentence at the federal Supermax facility in Florence, Colorado.

Cacheris says Hanssen, now 62, was never consulted about the making of the movie, nor did anyone seek his permission to use his life story. “If they had asked, I’m sure he would have turned them down,” Cacheris says.

If the prison had a movie night, imagine the front row: Hanssen would be flanked by fellow inmates “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, World Trade Center plotter Ramzi Yousef, shoe bomber Richard Reid, and Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph.

It would have been a good place to debut the movie: You can’t bomb in Florence.