FBI agents face discipline for Jewell interrogation

ATLANTA (AP) - Four FBI agents have been told they may be disciplined for their roles in the interrogation of Richard Jewell, the one-time suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Citing unidentified sources, the newspaper said the agents, all from the FBI's Atlanta bureau, face possible sanctions from reprimands to short suspensions without pay.

Also facing suspension is FBI agent David Tubbs, now the head of the FBI's Kansas City office, the newspaper said.

FBI Director Louis Freeh launched an internal investigation in October into allegations that Jewell - who was first hailed as a hero for discovering the knapsack bomb minutes before it exploded July 27 - was tricked into talking to agents who said they wanted his help in making a training video.

The bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility notified the agents late Thursday in separate letters that cited use of poor judgment, but apparently no policy violations, the newspaper reported.

All four agents - special agent in charge David W. ''Woody'' Johnson, assistant special agent in charge A.B. Llewellyn and special agents Diader Rosario and Don Johnson - declined comment through FBI spokesman Jay Spadafore.

The agents have several weeks to respond to the allegations.

Jewell became the focus of the probe shortly after the bombing.etsco


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