FBI's Mason to Head Investigations

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FBI veteran Michael A. Mason, who formerly headed the bureau's Washington field office, has been named the bureau's executive assistant director for investigations, where he will oversee criminal and cyberspace probes, coordination with law enforcement, international operations and crisis response.

The appointment was announced this week by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who said Mr. Mason has "the knowledge and experience" with both criminal investigations and administrative matters "to ensure that the criminal programs receive strategic guidance and support."

"Under his leadership, I have no doubt the FBI will maintain its unparalleled level of excellence in criminal investigations," Mr. Mueller said.

Mr. Mason, who has served as acting chief of criminal investigations since January, played a key role in several high-profile investigations after taking over the Washington field office in 2003, including follow-ups in the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings and the investigation into the 2004 discovery of poisonous ricin in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican.

After joining the FBI in January 1985, he initially was assigned to the Hartford, Conn., office, where he worked on narcotics investigations and bank robbery cases. …