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

* The UK Lab That Let Al Qaeda Scientist Rauf Ahmad Leave With Virulent Anthrax in 1999 Made A Mistake; To Keep The Lab’s Identity A Secret Prevents Us From Learning From History

Posted by DXer on December 5, 2014




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28 Responses to “* The UK Lab That Let Al Qaeda Scientist Rauf Ahmad Leave With Virulent Anthrax in 1999 Made A Mistake; To Keep The Lab’s Identity A Secret Prevents Us From Learning From History”

  1. DXer said

    China, Pakistan Reject Biowarfare Development Collusion
    By Ayaz Gul
    July 26, 2020 11:49 AM

    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and China have refuted as “absurd” and “fabricated” media reports that the two close allies are jointly conducting secret research to develop biological weapons in breach of global treaties.

    An Australian publication, The Klaxon, alleged in its investigative report last week that Beijing and Islamabad have entered a covert three-year deal “to expand potential bio-warfare capabilities, including running several research projects related to the deadly agent anthrax.”

    The report quoted multiple intelligence sources as saying that China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology had “lent all financial material and scientific support” to set up the secret facility in Pakistan. “The Wuhan lab was providing “extensive training on manipulation of pathogens and bio-informatics” to Pakistani scientists “to help Pakistan develop its own virus collection database,” it said.

    “It is a politically motivated and fake story, composed of distortion of facts and fabrications that quote anonymous sources,” said a Pakistan Foreign Ministry statement issued Sunday.

    It insisted that “there is nothing secret” about the facility referred to in the report, saying the laboratory is being used for research and development on emerging health threats, surveillance and diseases outbreak investigation.

    The ministry noted that Pakistan has been “strictly” abiding by its international obligations and has been sharing information about the laboratory in question with states parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). The international treaty forbids member nations from developing, producing and stockpiling biological agent or toxin.

    “The attempt to cast aspersions about the facility is particularly absurd against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has highlighted the need for better preparedness in the areas of disease surveillance and control and international collaborations in that regard,” the Pakistani statement lamented.

    The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan also denounced as “fabricated” the Australian media report.

    “It is totally irresponsible, vicious-intentioned to smear China and Sino-Pak relations. As a responsible nation, China always lives up to its obligations to BWC,” the diplomatic mission tweeted Sunday.

    Pakistan and China have traditionally maintained close political, economic and defense relations. The two neighboring countries have over the past six years further cemented bilateral ties, with Beijing investing billions of dollars in major infrastructure and energy development projects in Pakistan.

  2. DXer said

    The former CIA and FBI scientist working on Amerithrax — Michael Garvey — has explained that Ames anthrax was detected in Afghanistan. He made the revelation in a PhD thesis available online.

    This is one of the facts that the DOJ and FBI is hiding.

    Is the CIA going to argue that the fact that Ames was classified needs to be hidden from the public even though its employee already has formally revealed that fact?

    Until the FBI reveals who was responsible for discarding the finding, I am not in a position to show the incredible conflict of interest that (I believe) existed. The issue goes to the very heart of FOIA’s purpose relating to public understanding of the operation of governmental agencies.

    DOJ writes:

    “Defendant notes that the CIA has not filed a declaration in this action asserting Exemption 1 to the classified information withheld by the FBI. On June 14, 2019, FBI RIDS requested that the CIA provide a declaration asserting such withholdings, which Defendant will subsequently file with the Court. See Seidel Decl. ¶ 109.”

    What? DOJ consulted with USAMRIID scientists, and were advised by USAMRIID that NOTHING needed to be classified about the Ames strain being detected in Afghanistan.

    Is the DOJ going to disclose that fact to the United States District Court? (I’m still working my way through the DOJ’s filing).

  3. DXer said

    Ezra Cohen Watnick:

    R. Scott Decker is an FBI Agent who in a book last year explained that he did not collect samples from abroad for a full two years after the anthrax mailings.

    Amerithrax was a totally botched Amerithrax where investigators relied upon unreliable and manipulable use of a scent transfer unit involving human scent on envelopes handled by someone who wore gloves and made sure not to leave fingerprints — after the paper had been irradiated. There was draining of Maryland ponds and much more.

    It was known that Ayman Zawahiri had sent an infiltrating scientist to Porton Down conferences — and other European conferences — for a couple years at Zawahiri’s request. He wrote Zawahiri to say that the targets had been achieved. DIA gave me the declassified correspondence pursuant to FOIA. (See JB Petro).

    The Blind Sheik’s lawyer had announced that Dr. Ayman was going to use anthrax against US targets to retaliate for the rendering of the Blind Sheik and senior EIJ jihadists. (see CIA’s FBIS)

    Rauf Ahmad, according to DIA, would come annually to Great Britain. DIA’s James Vandevelde — later of the CTC — could provide some background.

    Your mission — if you decide to accept it — is come to understand who was responsible for Decker’s failure to collect any samples abroad for two years — while Amerithrax, the largest whodunnit in history, was botched.

    First and foremost, keep your country safe. Put aside the fact for a moment that President Trump is a lousy negotiator with women who identify with women in the sex trade — do your f—- job.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

    • DXer said

      Evan Cohen-Watnick:

      More than once, I communicated with Al Qaeda infiltrator, Rauf Ahmad.

      Rauf Ahmad will cooperate for money. He was never ideologically committed which is why in the end Dr. Ayman didn’t trust him.

      Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  4. DXer said

    In his book, R. Scott Decker explained that at the time, he and his friends were alarmed that TIGR in Rockville, unbeknownst to the FBI, had obtained the isolate from Stevens blood.
    Les Baillie (Porton Down) and TIGR’s Timothy Read had coauthored on ba.

    The report, relayed by Keim, was TIGR of Rockville had found that it could distinguish between the Stevens isolate and the Porton Down Ames isolate.

    Phew! Right, Les? We wouldn’t want anyone to think that when Rauf Ahmad wrote Ayman Zawahiri after visiting the second lab that he had achieved his targets, that he meant that he had acquired the Ames strain.

    Bacillus anthracis, , a bug with attitude!
    Les Baillie and Timothy D Read

    Click to access d6894fc12d4739d7b9863b7e78d19b1d3b86.pdf

    • DXer said

      Decker writes:

      “Keim’s news alarmed me. When I told Scott Stanley, he was also shocked. We had no knowledge that the company, The Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, known by its acronym TIGR and pronounced “Tiger,” had gotten a sample of the Stevens isolate. Ideally, we, and law enforcement officials in general, keep a close hold on evidence — it’s not made available to outside groups without prior consent of the collecting department and only with a compelling reason.”

  5. DXer said

    Gina Haspel likely appreciates the importance of vetting people before giving them training about, and access to, virulent pathogens.

    Trump taps CIA veteran for agency’s second in command

    The Hill-Feb 3, 2017
    President Trump has selected Gina Haspel to be the deputy director of the CIA, making her second in command behind Mike Pompeo.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  6. DXer said

    Kenyan police disrupt ISIS plot involving biological terror attack with anthrax
    Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:47 PM

    Two of Ali’s alleged accomplices Ahmed Hish and Farah Dagane, medical interns in the western town of Kitale, have gone into hiding, he said.

    “The suspects were planning large scale attacks akin to the Westgate Mall attack (in September 2013 in which 67 people died) with the intentionof killing innocent Kenyans,” said Boinnet. He said Ali’s “network also included medical experts with whom they planned to unleash a biological attack in Kenya using anthrax. His arrest and those of his accomplices is a major breakthrough in the fight against terrorism in Kenya and the region.”

  7. DXer said

    Warning: ISIS will use chemical weapons to attack the West

    ISLAMIC State (ISIS) extremists have recruited an army of scientists and already smuggled chemical and biological weapons into Europe, a shocking parliamentary report has revealed.

    PUBLISHED: 11:24, Sun, Dec 6, 2015 | UPDATED: 12:26, Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    The worrying report reveals: “Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN)substances have been carried undetected into the European Union. Interpol’s monthly CBRN intelligence reports show numerous examples of attempts to acquire, smuggle or use CBRN materials.”

    Rob Wainwright, head of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said after the Paris attacks: ‘We are dealing with a very serious, well-resourced, determined international terrorist organisation that is now active on the streets of Europe.

    “This represents the most serious terrorist threat faced in Europe for 10 years.”


    Governments within the EU have been warned to be on the lookout for “other radicalised individuals, who have access to, or work in, sensitive areas” while intelligence services have been told to screen returning Jihadi fighters for “specialist CBRN knowledge”.


    And yet the media does not press to have revealed the biodefense facility that Ayman Zawahiri’s infiltrating scientist visited on his mission to acquire anthrax — all because the US FBI claims it did not want to embarrass another country. The FBI has projected its own CYA instincts to a country that earnestly wants to avoid a biological attack. Actually, the key UK Ames anthrax scientist had come to work on the FBI’s Amerithrax investigation and so really the FBI was just protecting its own from embarrassment — not England.

  8. DXer said

  9. DXer said

    How to Get Terrorists to Talk
    A former CIA interrogator on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of interrogation.
    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen
    February 18, 2015

    I ran the CIA’s operations to counter al-Qaeda’s efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from 2001-2004.


    For example, we ultimately found the crude laboratory in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where Pakistani biologist Rauf Ahmed stashed equipment he had ordered to Ayman Zawahiri’s specifications. We went to the hospital laboratory in Kandahar where Malaysian “Anthrax CEO” Yazid Sufaat claimed to have isolated a virulent form of bacillus anthracis. There, a joint FBI-CIA-military team collected forensic samples and evidence of biological weapons-related activity, precisely as Sufaat had claimed under interrogation by Malaysian authorities.

    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is a senior fellow with Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He served as a CIA intelligence officer for 23 years, where he headed the WMD department and counterterrorism center among other positions. He served also as director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy.

  10. DXer said

    Microbial Forensics and U.S. National Security: Science and Strategy
    Garvey, Michael
    Date: 2014-08

  11. DXer said

    Anthrax letter mailing suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah, reportedly killed, also had a plot to blow up the London Underground.

    “Al-Qaeda terror chief behind London and New York bomb plots is killed in army shoot-out”

  12. DXer said

    Who were the four trusted researchers given virulent Ames by former Porton Down scientist Peter Turnbull? (One was MHJ; who were the other three?) Did British Amerithrax scientist Les Baillie, also formerly of Porton Down, give anyone virulent Ames?

    The scene where Al Qaeda anthrax scientist Rauf Ahmad was serving tea and cookies to the two CIA agents and FBI Special Agent Borelli at the ISI safehouse in February 2002 was not authentically British.

    In contrast, Prince William and Kate are visiting NY and Washington DC tomorrow. They are being accompanied by Hillary Clinton and appearing at black tie event with Tom Hanks and others regarding wildlife conservation. Mayor DeBlasio is expected.

    Prince William and Kate are here over some issues dear to their heart.

    There will be a meeting with President Obama on wildlife issues, as I recall.

    Mute swans are the Royal Bird — they are the nation’s royal bird.

    Yesterday, the bill to stop the murder of all the mute swans in New York State — the eradication of the species in the wild — was transmitted to Governor Cuomo.

    Governor Cuomo, if you agree not to consider the Royal Family’s beloved mute swans (who immigrated to America in the 19th Century), Kate will agree to wear some American fashions.

    The truth about swans
    BBC News‎ – 1 day ago

    They make plenty of noise, and yes, that does include mute swans.

  13. DXer said

    World renown anthrax expert Martin Hugh-Jones posted a comment to the Guardian article yesterday on PRO-MED:
    A ProMED-mail post
    ProMED-mail is a program of the
    International Society for Infectious Diseases…

    Date: Thu 4 Dec 2014
    Source: The Guardian [edited]

    [MHJ wrote:

    “Reporting errors, both internally and nationally, takes courage and a level of trust that the messenger will not be punished. Thus an absence of such reports should not be taken as proof that all is well. Anyone who has worked in a laboratory knows that accidents, minor and major, will occur even with the best teams. They happen. And the only way to reduce their frequency is by being open so that all learn and corrections can be put in place. And the sooner this is done the more limited the damage. And as a routine, wipe all laboratory refrigerator handles, all laboratory telephones, and laboratory door handles inside and out with disinfectant. – Mod.MHJ]”


    I would note that even Al Qaeda anthrax scientist Rauf Ahmad and Dr. Ayman Zawahiri avoiding contamination. They contemplated painting the walls of Al Qaeda’s anthrax labs (that were to move every three months) with paint so that they could be wiped clean and decontaminated of anthrax using insecticide.

    • DXer said

      I’ve emailed long experienced UK anthrax scientist Danny Worth to ask his help in filling in some blanks and obtaining relevant documents.

      I’ll make a deal. I’ll try to find out and prove where Dr. Ayman Zawahiri obtained virulent Ames (and show that only AQ is to blame) if the Governor of New York spares the lives of my 8 mute swan friends.

      Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

      Bill to save NY’s mute swan population is sent to the governor

      Legislative Gazette-3 hours ago
      Tony Avella, D-Queens, countering a controversial plan to eradicate all wild mute swans is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

      I’ve noted that my mute swan friends have offered to serve as docile and beautiful landscaping for his planned amphitheater — expected to have its first concert in August 2015.

      The mute swan family has agreed to mow the seaweed that chokes the waterway leading to the amphitheater for free.

      Getman, “Citizens must speak out against state plan to remove mute swans.”

      Because, governor, there’s an easy way and a hard way.

    • DXer said

      I’m in a position to share notes made from the report but not the report itself.


      “4/2012: putatively inactivated, but actually infectious, anthrax bacteria sent to another facility; incident involved multiple gross safety/security violations (same cock-up as at US CDC in 06/2014)”

      “1/2009-8/2011: putatively inactivated, but actually infectious, TB bacteria (M. bovis) sent to another facility; incident involved multiple gross safety/security violations; 3700 separate samples over two years; staffer positive for exposure”

      The anthrax incident involved a thermal inactivation protocol that had not been properly set up initially, that had been changed later, and that never had been QA’ed/QC’ed.

  14. DXer said

    In Ian’s highly cited article in the Guardian, isn’t the purpose of journalism best served by uploading the underlying government reports?

  15. DXer said

    From CIDRAP news scan (December 4, 2014)

    Reports reveal over 100 safety breaches at high-security UK labs

    UK labs that handle the most dangerous pathogens have reported at least 116 accidents or other biosecurity breaches in the past 5 years—about one every 2 weeks—The Guardian reported today.

    Reports from the UK regulatory agency Health and Safety Executive revealed that, in one instance, live Bacillus anthracis samples—the causative agent of anthrax—were mistakenly sent from a high-security government facility to lower-security labs across the country. In another breach, an air-handling system that helped contain foot-and-mouth disease virus failed at a large animal lab.

    More than 70 of the incidents were serious enough to investigate, The Guardian reported. Many led to enforcement letters or orders to shut labs down until improvements were made.

    Some of the most worrisome breaches, including the B anthracis incident, happened at the Surrey-based Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), renamed the Animal and Plant Health Agency in October.

    Biosecurity expert Richard Ebright, PhD, of Rutgers University, said the reports, taken together, revealed failures in procedures, infrastructure, training and safety culture in some labs. Regarding the AHVLA incidents, he said, “Does British agriculture have a death wish?”
    Dec 4 Guardian story

  16. DXer said

    Farmers Guardian, December 5, 2014

    “Some of the laboratories that received the live samples did so in high security laboratories designed to handle dangerous but others did not, including one AHVLA site where scientists ‘opened the tubes in a less secure lab and got to work on the open bench’, it is reported.

    Two AHVLA staff were exposed to the bug, although both had been vaccinated and neither fell ill. The incident resulted in the lab being shut, following a crown prohibition notices (CPN), so no more live anthrax could be sent out but was barely mentioned in the agency’s 2012-13 annual report.

    M. Bovis breach

    In another potentially damaging breach at AHVLA, the lab was censured last year for nine safety lapses that exposed staff to live Mycobacterium bovis, the organism that causes TB in cattle. …

    The investigation revealed, between 2009 and 2011, 3,700 samples were sent from one AHVLA lab to another without managers knowing the organisms were still viable.

    Staff had been given the wrong equipment to destroy the bacteria and were not trained in the right procedure and management had failed to act when staff raised concerns.”

    Make an FOI request
    • Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request

  17. DXer said

    Animal and Plant Health Agency
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), formerly known as the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

    Its official website is here:

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations.

    Anyone can request information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live.

  18. DXer said

    “CIA links Porton Down to anthrax attacks
    By Ben Fenton in Washington
    12:01AM GMT 17 Dec 2001

    THE FBI is concentrating its hunt for the source of the anthrax used to terrorise America on laboratories used by the CIA and British government scientists.

    Only five laboratories, including the defence science and technology laboratories at Porton Down, Salisbury, have been found to have spores of anthrax identical to the bacteria sent through the post to two Democratic senators and news organisations in New York and Florida.

    But frustrated FBI agents say they have not been able to find enough information about security at Porton Down – one of the most secretive establishments in Britain – to decide whether it could be the source of the terrorists’ anthrax.

    Another focus of the FBI inquiry is the CIA, which has been conducting experiments on anthrax in the interests of defence from germ warfare.

    Both Porton Down, directly, and the CIA, indirectly, received their samples of the particular anthrax spores used in the attacks from the US army medical research institute of infectious diseases at Fort Detrick, about 50 miles north of Washington.

    Sources in the FBI said the CIA was under investigation because of the bureau’s “interest” in a contractor which used to work for the agency in its anthrax project.

    The FBI believes the attacks, which have killed five people, to be the work of a domestic terrorist, although they have not ruled out links with Osama bin Laden and his al-Qa’eda network.”

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

    Comment: The headline doesn’t seem to fit the content of the article (that is, unless the CIA contractor worked at Porton Down).

    • DXer said

      Source: Washington Post, December 21, 2001.

      FBI Investigates Possible Financial Motive in Anthrax Attacks

      By Susan Schmidt and Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writers

      “Porton Down has received no request from the FBI for information on its security arrangements, but if we were contacted, we would cooperate fully,” said Sue Ellison, spokeswoman for the British lab.

    • DXer said

      Porton papers reveal biological danger for Blair
      Rob Evans
      Friday 12 October 2001 11.25 EDT

      Secret experiments highlighted how an anthrax attack by terrorist saboteurs could kill many in the upper echelons of the British government, documents obtained by the Guardian have revealed.
      The experiments by military scientists in Whitehall clearly demonstrated that anthrax could easily infect many ministers and officials in key government buildings, including the residence of the prime minister in Downing Street.

      The scientists concluded that the “potential for clandestine biological warfare attacks is considerable”.

      The threat of bioterrorism has grown in the minds of much of the public since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon a month ago. The government is highly aware that Britain could be the next target for terrorists, who could unleash lethal germs on the country.

      Emergency plans to cope with such a disaster have drawn on the results of experiments conducted by scientists from the biological and chemical warfare establishment at Porton Down, Wiltshire.

      In one set of trials, the scientists released non-lethal microorganisms which simulated the path of an anthrax cloud in tunnels underneath central London. In one experiment, the organisms were sprayed in a section of the tunnels under Whitehall from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. The fake anthrax penetrated through huge doors into buildings at the heart of government. “This showed ex tensive contamination of many Whitehall buildings,” the scientists wrote. It is likely that the cloud would have infiltrated 10 Downing Street during the trials in 1955.

      Experiments were also conducted on trains and the London Underground in the 1950s and 1960s as the government feared that the Russians could inflict biological attacks on Britain as part of an overall assault. “The trials demonstrated the clear vulnerability of these several locations to clandestine attack,” warned Porton in an internal account of the experiments written in 1999.

      Although the trials were conducted during the cold war, the results plainly show the danger of a bioterrorist attack.

      In July 1963, the scientists dropped a carton containing an anthrax simulant out of a London Underground train in south London. The spores burst out of the carton and were soon found as far as 10 miles up the Northern Line at Camden Town station in north London. The insides of trains were badly contaminated.

      Earlier, the Porton scientists carried out trials on British Railways trains between Exeter and Salisbury in 1953 and 1954. The report of the trial noted that “all types of transport are now generally recognised as being likely to be one of the most important targets for special operations in a war of the future”.

      Porton’s account of the trials was released to the Guardian under the open government code.

  19. DXer said

    FBI anthrax attack team to question Porton Down scientists

    By Rajeev Syal
    12:01AM GMT 31 Mar 2002

    FBI agents tracing the source of deadly anthrax attacks in America want to question scientists at Porton Down, the British defence establishment over fears that the spores may have been smuggled out of a British laboratory.
    They have established that the Ministry of Defence’s centre in Wiltshire has experimented on the Ames strain of anthrax – identical to that sent to American journalists and politicians. Agents in Washington will request a list of scientists who have had access to the samples of anthrax used in MoD laboratories over the past 15 years. The British Government is currently developing a new vaccine against the disease.

    FBI officials confirmed that they would approach British scientists while tracing the anthrax strain. A spokesman said that officers are aware that the strain was kept in Britain and are covering all possible outlets.

    Sue Ellison, the spokesman for Porton Down, confirmed last night that the authorities were aware of FBI inquiries and would help when approached. “We keep a full list of where the anthrax samples are sent, and would give these details to the relevant authorities. In the UK, we work closely with our American partners and we will continue to do so.”

    An American investigation to discover the source of the anthrax was launched last September after contaminated letters were sent to Congressmen and journalists.

  20. DXer said

    Al Qaeda’s infiltrating scientist wrote Dr. Ayman Zawari:

    “I successfully achieved the targets during my visit to *** REDACTED ***“

    “Then I went to *** REDACTED *** to meet with Dr. *** REDACTED *** in charge of *** REDACTED *** in order to see the fate of our demand of cultures.”

    “He also showed me the highly advanced Level-3 Pathology laboratory.”

    “Then I went to *** REDACTED *** in order to acquire the supply of different vaccines against a number of pathogens.”

    Whatever reason may have justified the original redactions, what reason can there now be for not removing them and revealing where Abdul Rauf went on his mission to acquire lethal anthrax (and did so). It is not disputed that he had the means to render it to a dry powder.

    • DXer said

      Can Dr. Danny Worth of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency help us fill in this blank?

      Anthrax Test Manager
      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
      January 2001 – Present (14 years)Weybridge
      Isolation and identification of Bacillus anthracis by Culture, PCR and MALDI ToF

      Higher Scientific Officer
      May 1989 – Present (25 years 8 months)
      I have worked as a laboratory manager at CL3 containment for 7 years. The role included leading a team of 14 staff managing 2 Scientific Officers, acting as a Departmental Safety Advisor, and test managing bovine TB diagnosis and Anthrax. I have been heavily involved with DNA extraction techniques from various matrices and PCR development for detection of bovine TB.

      Thriller shows CIA as Rubik’s Cube of conspiracy, December 5, 2014

      In David Ignatius’ new thriller DIRECTOR,

      [L]look for author Ignatius’ little gems, like the name that the Director of National Intelligence bestows on his Potomac sailboat:


  21. DXer said

    The handwriting on the anthrax bottle seems to match the handwriting on Rauf Ahmad’s letters — just like the handwriting of the anthrax letters seems to match Atta’s handwriting.

    GAO Should Obtain A Copy Of The FBI’s Handwriting Analysis Comparing The Letters To Atta’s
    Posted on January 22, 2012

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