Brian Kelley, counterintelligence expert, RIP

It was truly a shock to hear that counterintelligence expert and instructor Brian Kelley unexpectantly passed away at the young age of 68. No doubt the toll of the years of stress he went through being falsely accused as a Russian spy played a part in his unfortunate passing far too soon.

Michelle Van Cleave, the former chief of NCIX, said it best: “Brian’s courage and strength of character never ceased to amaze me. He gave his heart and soul to improving the profession that had been both his accuser and his calling in life. He was an extraordinary American.” \

Here is more information about Brian Kelley, may he rest in peace:

Brian J. Kelley, Onetime Spying Suspect, Dies at 68 (New York Times, 21 Sep 2011)

Brian Kelley, veteran counterspy, dies at 68, Broke Moscow code, was falsely accused as KGB mole (Washington Times, 20 Sept 2011)

How the FBI Mishandled the Brian Kelley Spy Case (Ronald Kessler, NewsMax, 20 Sept 2011)

Brian Kelley bio and publications (Institute for World Politics)
In memory of Brian Kelley: The loss of a national treasure (Institute for World Politics)

To Catch a Spy (CBS 60 Minutes, 11 Feb 2009)

For Vienna man, case of notorious spy Hanssen hit too close to home (Fairfax Times, 2 Mar 2011)

Threats are Out There