Twelve years after 9/11, retiring FBI chief still sees threat
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) - He took the reins of the FBI a week before the attacks of Sept 11, 2001. Twelve years later, Mr Robert Mueller is retiring, convinced that "the threat is still here."
Shortly before passing the baton to his successor James Comey on September 4 - a dozen years to the day since becoming director - Mr Mueller spoke to several media outlets, including AFP.
Under his leadership, the United States (US) Federal Bureau of Investigation has evolved considerably, from an agency probing past attacks to one whose "number one priority" was to prevent them.
"When I came on board, I had been a prosecutor for a number of years, spending time on those kinds of cases - organised crime, narcotics cases, white-collar cases and the like," recalled the lanky 69-year-old.