Details Emerge Slowly in Anthrax Case
With lingering unanswered questions surrounding the anthrax case and the suicide of its chief suspect, scientist Bruce E. Ivins, one law enforcement official told the New York Times that the evidence that led the bureau to its latest theory of the case could be released as early as Wednesday.
Other developments in the investigation of the worst bioterrorist attack in the nation's history:
-- Investigators used advanced DNA fingerprinting techniques to identify unique sections of genetic code to track the anthrax back to the biological weapons lab at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., where the highly specific type of toxin was overseen by Ivins, The Associated Press' Lara Jakes Jordan and Matt Apuzzo.
-- Officials familiar with the case told NPR's Dina Temple-Raston that the Department of Justice had not yet "approved the case" against Ivins and that it had not presented to a grand jury nor had jurors been asked to vote on an indictment. That process could have taken weeks, NPR reported.
-- Ivins enjoyed a security clearance that allowed him to work most secure areas at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, or USAMRIID, including the facility's most dangerous laboratories, to handle deadly biological agents, and to take part in broad discussions about the Pentagon's defenses against germ warfare, The Post's Carrie Johnson, Marilyn W. Thompson and Joby Warrick report.
-- Ivins was a "sociopathic, homicidal killer" who planned to kill his co-workers "because he was about to be indicted on capital murder charges," a Maryland court was warned shortly before Ivins committed suicide last week, The Los Angeles Times' Bob Drogin reports.
A psychotherapist, Jean Carol Duley, had treated Ivins for six months and told the court July 24 that the microbiologist had purchased a bulletproof vest and gun and boasted of roaming the streets hoping to stab someone.
By Derek Kravitz |
August 4, 2008; 11:25 AM ET
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