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Intelligence chief replaces inspector general

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  • Inspector General Edward McGuire is being replaced as DNI's internal watchdog
  • Maguire's departure comes after blistering report critical of DNI
  • Report details turf battles within intelligence community, financial mismanagement
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By Pam Benson
CNN National Security Producer
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Director of National Intelligence is replacing the agency's inspector general just days after the public release of a blistering report critical of the DNI's office.

DNI head Dennis Blair announced Friday Justice Department official Roslyn Mazer will replace Inspector General Edward McGuire as the DNI's internal watchdog. The inspector general's role is to examine the operations of the office and investigate any allegations of waste, fraud or misconduct.

Earlier this week, Maguire testified before Congress about his report on the state of the DNI's office, outlining rampant communication problems, continuing turf battles within the intelligence community and financial mismanagement.

All of those problems were supposed to be addressed when the position of DNI was created by Congress in 2004 to look at the intelligence failures associated with the 9/11 terrorism attacks and the claims of Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction.

The classified inspector general report was completed in November 2008, but was not made public until this week.

DNI spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said Maguire's departure has nothing to do with his report. She claimed Blair, who assumed his position two months ago, wanted to bring his own leadership team.

"The director appreciates the efforts and work of the previous inspector general and will continue to build on some of the suggested reforms," Morigi said.

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