Washington, D.C. (JusticeNewsFlash.com – News Report) – It was only a few months after the September 11, 2001 attacks on America that the anthrax virus took the lives of five more and infected over a dozen people. It is almost seven years later, but the FBI finally has a viable lead in discovering who was sending the anthrax in the mail to media stations and Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy.
Fox news reports that there are ‘three out of four possible suspects that are linked to the Army’s bio-weapons research facility at Fort Detrick in Maryland.’
Officials believe that the anthrax was removed from secured areas in Fort Detrick, and who better to blame than a scientist who would have access to it. FBI named Steven Hatfilll as a person of interest, who then sued the government in a $5.82 million dollar settlement. Once Hatfill was out of the limelight, the attention was turned towards Bruce Ivins, who has worked for 18 years at the government’s bio-defense research lab. Investigators were closely watching Ivins due to his lack of discernment in a previous anthrax contamination in which he had discretely taken care of the mess, and was silent about it for five months.
After Hatfill’s name was cleared, Ivins started to show signs of anxiety and depression. He was hospitalized for a short while and with a possible charge of five murders towards his name, he committed suicide by overdosing on Tylenol and codeine. Many of the Senators who received letters containing anthrax believe that the FBI should release the documents that could help explain how the government was wrong for years. Prosecutors are in the process of deciding whether or not to close the anthrax poisoning investigation.
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