The chief of the Pentagon agency charged with tracking down prisoners of war resigned, accusing the government of ignoring or covering up leads on Americans in Vietnam, the Los Angeles Times said Tuesday.

Army Col. Millard A. Peck left his post as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Special Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action on March 28, the newspaper said.In a memo, Peck said his office was merely a "toxic waste dump to bury the whole mess out of sight and mind in a facility with limited access to public scrutiny."