A Homeland Security official reportedly responsible for a controversial report suggesting military veterans could be recruited by extremists in the U.S. is being replaced, the Washington Times reported Friday.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano released a statement Thursday afternoon saying the White House would nominate a former FBI and CIA official to replace Roger Mackin, who had held his post since September.
According to the statement, Mackin is expected to be replaced by Philip Mudd, who has been with the FBI for 24 years.
Mackin will move to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Times quoted a DHS spokeswoman as saying. The spokeswoman said the moves were "categorically not related to the intelligence analysis" that sparked the controversy.
The report was titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
Under the heading "Disgruntled Military Veterans," the report said "right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat."