Agent Of Change

Senior agents are flooding out of the FBI in unprecedented numbers, many driven into early retirement by FBI Director Bob Mueller's energetic, impatient style. In his first six months, Mueller has replaced 80% of the senior headquarters staff, and he's about to name new commanders in nearly a third of the field offices. Latest to depart: the FBI's highest-ranking Hispanic, Ruben Garcia, 50, whom Mueller named just two months ago to be executive assistant director in charge of criminal and cybercrime investigations.

Insiders are worried that the bureau has become dangerously short of grizzled, crisis-hardened supervisors. "With the sensitive and complex...

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