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FBI Director Names New Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Division in Washington D.C.

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling

E.W. “Bill” Priestap, a 17-year veteran of the FBI, has been named assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the bureau’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

Priestap was serving as deputy assistant director of the Intelligence Operations Branch in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarter.

Priestap began his career with the FBI in 1998, investigating organized crime and drug issues in the Chicago Division. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Priestap handled counterterrorism investigations in Chicago.

Priestap has a long history with the FBI, according to the bureau:

In 2003, Mr. Priestap was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) at FBIHQ. While in OCA, he was detailed to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he assisted with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Priestap was appointed the special assistant to the assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ.

In 2006, Mr. Priestap was assigned to the New York Field Office, where he held counterterrorism and intelligence supervisory positions. He was then promoted to assistant special agent in charge, and he served in the Intelligence and the Counterintelligence Divisions of the New York Field Office.

In 2012, Mr. Priestap was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBIHQ, and, in 2013, Mr. Priestap was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the New York Field Office.

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