FBI Admits Tossing Anthrax Sample
From the Los Angeles Times
Scientists elaborate on the case against Bruce Ivins
One revelation is that, contrary to what some officials had claimed, the mailed anthrax had not been 'weaponized.'
By David Willman
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 19, 2008
WASHINGTON — Scientists behind the case against Bruce E. Ivins, who federal officials allege was solely responsible for the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001, publicly described their work for the first time Monday and said the spores had originated from a flask linked by investigators to the deceased Army scientist.
In two briefings with reporters spanning nearly four hours, the scientists provided new and sometimes clarifying details about the extensive testing that led prosecutors to the brink of filing murder charges against Ivins, who died of a prescription-drug overdose July 29. The briefings were intended to more fully explain the evidence against Ivins and address concerns about the reliability of the government's assertion that Ivins was the culprit.
But Ivins' attorney remained unconvinced, and a top government scientist acknowledged that some skeptics would never be satisfied.