The G-Man who interrogated Saddam Hussein after his capture during the U.S.-Iraq war has taken the reins of the FBI's Miami Field Office.
George Piro, the new special agent in charge, formerly served as the deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Piro, 46, has replaced Michael Steinbach, a counter-terrorism specialist who managed the bureau’s South Florida office over the past year and returned to Washington on Friday.
Piro is in charge of more than 400 special agents whose territory runs from Key West to Fort Pierce — one of the busiest districts for federal crime in the nation. His domain also includes FBI legal attachés stationed in U.S. embassies throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
Piro’s fluent Arabic skills in the post-9/11 era have propelled his FBI career. It started in 1999 in the Phoenix field office where he investigated international terrorism cases. Four years later, he was promoted to the Counter-terrorism Division at FBI headquarters and later selected as the bureau’s team leader in charge of Hussein’s interrogation.