FBI director Robert Mueller has protested a news item asserting that he had threatened to fire agents who fail to provide him timely information about national security. In a letter to U.S. News & World Report, which published the “Washington Whisper,” Mueller said, “I am not frustrated with the flow of information within the bureau. To the contrary, I am proud of the progress in information dissemination within the FBI over the past two years. With the establishment of our Office of Intelligence, the development of a cadre of intelligence and reports officers, and improvements in our information technology, the information between FBI headquarters and the field has never been better.” Mueller specifically denied threatening to fire agents who do not inform him of terrorism-related information before he hears it elsewhere. “I have never threatened to fire any FBI employee,” says the director.