EXPLOSIVE CHARGES

A ROGUE AGENT ALLEGES WRONGDOING IN FBI LABS

To hear Frederic Whitehurst tell it, his goal is to serve his country. That is why he volunteered for combat in Vietnam, where he earned four bronze stars, and that is why in 1982, armed with a Ph.D. in chemistry from Duke, he joined the FBI. Despite appearances to the contrary, patriotism, he says, is behind the one-man crusade he has been waging against the bureau since the 1980s, charging his colleagues with following improper procedures in the FBI laboratory and with bowing to political pressure to solve cases. "America is my family," says Whitehurst, 48, "and I'm conducting an investigation...

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