CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* NAS weighs in on April 2002 submission of slants by someone from Ivins’ lab

Posted by DXer on February 15, 2011

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2 Responses to “* NAS weighs in on April 2002 submission of slants by someone from Ivins’ lab”

  1. DXer said

    FBI anthrax expert Paul Keim:

    “It was never single source; it was always linked to a set of samples constructed in US military labs,” Keim said. “The [NRC] committee came back and said the FBI’s conclusion and review of the data was consistent with that. Nothing they found said the FIB was wrong. They said the evidence wasn’t as strong as the FBI was saying, and they’re probably right with that.”

    Anthrax expert says NRC report supports FBI

    Robert Roos News Editor

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    Keim said his lab was involved in the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks from the beginning, starting with analyzing anthrax DNA from the first victim, Bob Stevens. Because the FBI didn’t have a biosafety level 3 lab at the time, Keim’s lab became the repository for anthrax samples that the FBI gathered from the around the world for comparison with the letter anthrax.

    The FBI analyzed 947 samples and found 8 with the same genetic signature, based on four mutations, as anthrax from flask RMR-1029, which was in Ivins’ custody at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, the NRC report explains.

    However, as many as 100 people, not just Ivins, had access to RMR-1029, Keim and others have observed. “So the science didn’t pinpoint the letters to Bruce . . . . It never was what we’d call a definitive identification of Ivins,” he said. The FBI used other kinds of evidence in building its case, he added.

    Comment: To the contrary, the Amerithrax Summary says that 100 had access in Building 1425 and in Building 1412, those with access jumped to up to 377 (with some duplication. Indeed, isolates of Ames from Flask 1029 were kept long-term in Building 1412, to include the unlocked refrigerator of FBI anthrax expert JE.

    On the issue of the sample submitted, Dr. Ivins repeatedly explained that he did not submit it — his assistant did. See 302 interviews in 2003 and the April 24, 2002 email

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