|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 15 Aug 2008 08:48:17 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] BIOWEAPONS: Ft. Detrick "safety"|
Anthrax scientist Bruce Ivins slipped under the radar because of FBI
Records show agents overlooked a series of early clues pointing to Ivins
as the source of the 2001 deadly anthrax mailings and that the
investigation remained locked on a former Army researcher.
By David Willman Los Angeles Times August 15, 2008WASHINGTON - As federal authorities pursued the wrong suspect in the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001, they ignored or overlooked a series of early clues that pointed to Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins, a review of investigative records by the Los Angeles Times shows.
Law enforcement documents unsealed by a federal judge last week, along with other materials reviewed by The Times, show that within a few months of the mailings, FBI leaders were positioned to know important details spotlighting Ivins, who killed himself last month and has now been identified as the government's prime suspect.
...The discovery of anthrax spores outside restricted areas at Ft. Detrick prompted an Army investigation, ending with a 361-page report in May 2002 that described Ivins' earlier, undisclosed cleanup efforts. In sworn statements to the Army, Ivins suggested that a sloppy lab technician may have spread anthrax from a hot suite to other work spaces, including Ivins'.
An Army officer who had firsthand knowledge of the events told The Times last week that Ivins' sworn statements and all other investigative details gathered for the report were available at that time to the FBI.
Army officials had regarded the anthrax contamination at Ft. Detrick as accidental and non-life-threatening. They called for improvements in safety and lab practices but recommended no discipline against Ivins or anyone else.
... For the entire article, see http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-anthrax15-2008aug15,0,663654,full.story -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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