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This is a story I truly hate. I was at the Capitol the day the anthrax letters arrived. Like thousands of people I took Cipro for a while just in case I had gotten too close. There was something so insidious about trying to protect yourself from a substance you can’t see, mailed by someone you don’t know, who basically was trying to kill people he/she/they had probably never met.
Also, reporting on this thing was difficult because it was a grand jury case – and unless you’re inside the grand jury, you never know what you don’t know. So we talked to a former guy with the FBI and a conservative watchdog group that has been searching for answers on behalf of postal workers who really had it tough (two died in Washington) when the anthrax hit the mail service.
Today the FBI released documents showing what it had on Dr. Paul Ivins – the microbiologist who killed himself while under investigation for the anthrax attacks back in 2001. Family members of the anthrax victims were invited to its briefing.
But there is still a lot of skepticism about this case… partly because the last time we were led to believe the government had identified a person of interest - Dr. Steven Hatfill - Uncle Sam ended up paying the guy millions because he wasn’t the right guy. So we're looking at what we know about Dr. Ivins – and while there's plenty of evidence that he conducted the attacks, some isn't conclusive.
And now, saying it needs to sort out administrative details, the FBI is calling the case "solved," rather than "closed."
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