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Attorney General Orders Probe of FBI

Nation IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

March 12, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The FBI will be scrutinized in an internal Justice Department probe to determine how an agent allegedly sold U.S. secrets to Russia for 15 years without being detected, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said.

Ashcroft has ordered the department's inspector general to review FBI security procedures in the wake of espionage charges against former agent Robert Philip Hanssen, a counterintelligence expert. The investigation could lead to a recommendation of discipline "if there was any wrongdoing by anybody aside from Hanssen in this case," department spokeswoman Mindy Tucker said.

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