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No deal for accused spy being discussed

Robert Hanssen
Robert Hanssen: His attorney says Justice Department officials "have not raised the issue" of a deal.  

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The attorney for alleged spy Robert Hanssen told CNN Thursday there is no deal in the works with Justice Department officials.

Attorney Plato Cacheris said, "There are no deals being discussed, no plea bargaining. They have not raised the issue."

Sources have told CNN that at "some point" there will be discussions with Hanssen in an attempt to gain his cooperation in telling the government what information he gave, allegedly, to the Soviet Union and to the Russians.

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The fact that there will be those discussion sources have told CNN, is why the government repeatedly raises the prospect of the death penalty.

These sources say that Hanssen will be needed to give a complete picture of what damage his alleged espionage did to the United States, what material he allegedly turned over to the Soviet Union and Russia.

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