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FBI whistle-blower gets new assignment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis FBI agent who gained widespread attention for exposing Sept. 11-related intelligence failures has been reassigned, at her request, from her post as the office's chief lawyer, a spokesman said.

Coleen Rowley made headlines — and attracted some criticism — again this month when she said publicly that she didn't think the agency would be able to handle the terrorism that could follow a war with Iraq.

Shortly after that, she asked Special Agent in Charge Deborah Pierce to shift her to an investigative position, said Paul McCabe, a spokesman for the Minneapolis FBI office.

"This was special agent Rowley's personal decision," not a reprisal or a demotion, McCabe said, adding that Rowley will assume her new duties in the near future.