Senator Doubts Anthrax Scientist Acted Alone
One of the targets of the anthrax panic that gripped the nation after 9/11 said today he does not believe the FBI's assertion that bioweapons researcher Bruce E. Ivins acted alone, The Post's Carrie Johnson reports.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), who received one of the anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and sickened more than a dozen others, told FBI leaders at a hearing this morning that he does not believe "in any way shape or manner" that Ivins -- who took his life this summer as the FBI was closing in -- sent the letters without any help.
"I believe there are others out there who should be charged with murder," Leahy said.
FBI director Robert S. Mueller III told Congress yesterday that the bureau will ask the National Academy of Sciences to organize an independent review of the evidence.
Government officials have claimed that a near-perfect match of anthrax spores in Ivins' custody and a record of his late-night laboratory work just before the toxic letters were mailed show he was their man.
They also released court documents in August contending that Ivins had recently told a therapist that he had a plan to kill co-workers and other individuals who had wronged him.
Another twist in the case emerged this week, when details were published about the will Ivins wrote a few months before the FBI focused on him. He expressed the wish to be cremated and to have his ashes scattered, but apparently was worried that his wife might not honor his wish.
So he wrote a provision that would send a $50,000 donation to Planned Parenthood -- which he knew went against the beliefs of his anti-abortion wife -- if his body were buried intact.
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