From: Otis Willie
Subject: Subject of Justice Department probe states he's not the anthrax killer, denounc
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 23:26:37 EDT
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 03:26:37 GMT
Subject of Justice Department probe states he's not the anthrax
killer, denounces Ashcroft
(EXCERPT) Sun Aug 25, 5:17 PM ET, by RON KAMPEAS, Associated Press
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - The biowarfare expert under scrutiny in the
anthrax attacks declared, "I am not the anthrax killer," and lashed
out Sunday against Attorney General John Ashcroft ( news - web sites)
for calling him a "person of interest" in the investigation.
Dr. Steven J. Hatfill said the FBI ( news - web sites) has agreed to
his offer to provide blood and writing samples. He said he wants the
results released and has offered to waive privacy rules to allow that.
For the second time in two weeks, the scientist went before a throng
of reporters outside his lawyer's office to profess his innocence and
decry the attention from law enforcers that he contends has destroyed
"This assassination of my character appears to be part of a
governmental effort to show the American people that it is proceeding
vigorously and successfully with the anthrax investigation," Hatfill
"I want to look my fellow Americans directly in the eye and declare to
them, `I am not the anthrax killer. I know nothing about the anthrax
attacks. I had absolutely nothing to do with this horrible crime.'"
Ashcroft last week would not say if authorities have identified a
suspect in last fall's anthrax mailings but said Hatfill remained "a
person of interest to the Department of Justice ( news - web sites)."
Although authorities say Hatfill is one of 30 such people, only his
photo was shown to residents of the Princeton, New Jersey,
neighborhood where a mailbox tested positive for anthrax this month.
A law enforcement official said at the time that FBI agents were
trying to determine whether anyone saw Hatfill last September or
October near a mailbox where authorities believe the anthrax letters
One day after Hatfill's Aug. 11 news conference, a federal law
enforcement official said the FBI was not ready to clear Hatfill in
the attacks that killed five people and sickened 13 others even though
investigators have no physical evidence linking him to a crime.
Referring to Ashcroft's description of him, Hatfill said he was
speaking publicly again "to complain about this and its consequences."
"My life is being destroyed by arrogant government bureaucrats who are
peddling groundless innuendoes and half-information," Hatfill said.
He said his defense team has filed an ethics complaint about what he
described as Ashcroft's conduct, as well as actions by others in the
case. "I will be very interested to learn how well the Justice
Department ( news - web sites) will police itself," Hatfill said. "I
do not understand his personalized focus on me."
Hatfill, 48, previously worked at the Army Medical Research Institute
at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once home to the U.S. biological warfare
program and a repository for the Ames strain of anthrax used in the
Investigators have searched his Frederick, Maryland, apartment twice,
including testing for anthrax residue, as well as his car, a storage
unit in Florida and his girlfriend's home. They have seized his
computer and bags of personal items he had thrown away in preparation
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