The New Yorker profiles former F.B.I. director Louis Freeh and document his struggle to solve his last case, the terrorist bombing of an army base in Saudi Arabia. Freeh's career was studded with conflicts over keeping the F.B.I. and the White House as far apart as possible. Still, the bombing case haunted him and he worked for years to get the Saudis to cooperate, to get the administration to pursue indictments even if it complicated politics with Saudi Arabia and Iran. Freeh saw himself as a policeman, politics being completely secondary to justice. For an F.B.I. director this approach did not always work.
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