Victor Davis Hanson: Russian spy? Who would have suspected that one of America’s leading conservative intellectuals, a prominent historian who is currently a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, was selling us out to the Russkies?

Actually, no one would suspect it because it isn’t true. But on today’s AM Joy, MSNBC terrorism expert Malcolm Nance bragged: “I know some of the spy-catchers in FBI counter-intelligence, guys who have taken down big names, like Aldrich Ames and Victor Davis Hanson.”

Nance presumably had in mind Robert Philip Hanssen, a former FBI agent who was convicted in 2001 of spying for the Soviet Union and later the Russians.

We’ll call this one an innocent mistake by MSNBC’s expert, but interesting that it came at the expense of a leading conservative. As of the time this item was posted, MSNBC had not corrected the error.

MALCOLM NANCE: I know some of the spy catchers in FBI counterintelligence. Guys who have taken down big names, like Aldrich Ames and Victor Davis Hanson.