( Gulfnews ) Washington: Since 2001, when one of its own agents was discovered to have been a spy for the Russians, the FBI has taken a number of steps to improve internal security.
Despite those efforts, the agency remains vulnerable to espionage, and its ability to track turncoats might work better in theory than in practice. That's the conclusion of a Justice Department report issued on Monday that gives mixed grades to the agency and its handling of threats from within.
As an example, the department's Office of the Inspector General singled out the case of former FBI intelligence analyst Leandro Aragoncillo , who was convicted on espionage-related charges last year for sending dozens of classified documents to opposition leaders in the Philippines.
FBI supervisors failed to promptly act on concerns from rank-and-file employees about Aragoncillo , according to the watchdog office's report, and the bureau began investigating aggressively only very late.