Hair Doesn't Match Anthrax Suspect, Fuels Speculation
A hair sample taken from a Princeton, N.J., mailbox linked to the 2001 anthrax attacks does not match that of Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins, leading to speculation about whether the federal government identified the right suspect.
The Post's Carrie Johnson reports today that FBI agents and U.S. Postal Service inspectors analyzed the data in an effort to place Ivins at the mailbox from which bacteria-laden letters were sent to Senate offices and media organizations, unidentified sources said.
Investigators have been insistent that the evidence in the Amerithrax investigation shows Ivins used the Princeton mailbox. At a news conference last week, U.S. Attorney Jeff Taylor said there is "ample evidence" pointing to Ivins being the suspect who drove to Princeton to mail the letters.
"He had the hours in the hot seat during the relevant times. We looked at the records when he was at work and when he would have had time to drive to Princeton, N.J," Taylor said at the news conference, according to a transcript. "And it's clear from those records that he had time on the relevant occasions to drive to Princeton, mail the envelopes, and come back. There's also evidence I'll refer you to in the affidavits concerning where that mailbox was located in Princeton, N.J., in relation to some obsessive conduct on his part with regard to a sorority. Again, it's a chain. It's a chain of evidentiary items that, assembled together, leads to one reasonable conclusion, and that is Dr. Ivins mailed that anthrax in those envelopes from that mailbox in Princeton."
But conspiracy theorists and skeptics within the scientific community have publicly questioned the government's case against Ivins, The Associated Press' Matt Apuzzo reports, specifically asking about the use of DNA analysis to identify the "lone anthrax mailer."
"I think it's going to be one of the great conspiracy theories, like whether we landed on the moon or whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone" in assassinating President Kennedy, said Edward Lake, a retired Wisconsin computer specialist whose Web site has for years been one of the most comprehensive repositories for analysis on the anthrax case.
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