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From: Otis Willie
Subject: Hatfill Files Complaint on FBI Probe
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 23:27:54 EDT
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 03:27:54 GMT
Hatfill Files Complaint on FBI Probe
(EXCERPT) Sun Aug 25, 8:50 PM ET, by RON KAMPEAS, Associated Press
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The biowarfare expert under scrutiny in the
anthrax attacks says the FBI ( news - web sites) has accepted his
offer to undergo a blood test he says will prove his innocence.
"I am not the anthrax killer," Dr. Steven J. Hatfill said Sunday and
lashed out against Attorney General John Ashcroft ( news - web sites)
for calling him a "person of interest" in the investigation.
Hatfill said he has waived privacy rules to allow the release of the
results of the blood test. He said he has also offered to compare his
handwriting to that appearing on the anthrax letters, but the FBI has
yet toaccept that offer.
Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department ( news - web sites) would
confirm Hatfill's offers or whether they would regard the tests as
reliable. Evidence of anthrax-fighting antibodies in the bloodstream
diminishes naturally over time. The anthrax letters were mailed last
Federal officials have said the FBI is 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.
The scientist went before a throng of reporters outside his lawyer's
office for the second time in two weeks to profess his innocence.
"This assassination of my character appears to be part of a
government-run effort to show the American people that it is
proceeding vigorously and successfully with the anthrax
investigation," Hatfill said.
"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 terrible crime.'"
Ashcroft last week would not say whether 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, his was the
only photo shown to residents of the Princeton, N.J., neighborhood
where a mailbox tested positive for anthrax this month.
FBI agents were trying to determine whether anyone saw Hatfill last
September or October near a mailbox where authorities believe the
anthrax letters were mailed.
Hatfill provided reporters with copies of what he said were timesheets
for CIA ( news - web sites) contractor Science Applications
International Corp., where he was working last year, that he said
proved he could not have mailed the letters.
The timesheets show Hatfill worked overtime on the days the letters
would have been mailed — Sept. 17 and 18 and Oct. 8 and 9 — which
Hatfill said would have precluded a roundtrip from SAIC offices in
suburban McClean, Va., to central New Jersey.
SAIC spokesmen were unavailable to comment on the authenticity of the
timesheets, or whether Hatfill could have left the building without
News reports have said Hatfill fabricated claims on his resume when he
applied for work with SAIC, including falsely claiming to have a
Ph.D., experience with U.S. Army Special Forces, and membership in
Britain's Royal Society of Medicine.
Hatfill's lawyer, Victor Glasberg, said the Special Forces claim was
real, but suggested Hatfill might have been "expansive" with other
resume claims. Hatfill was fired from SAIC last year under
circumstances neither side has been willing to explain, although
Hatfill says the firing has nothing to do with the anthrax
"My life is being destroyed by arrogant government bureaucrats who are
pedaling groundless innuendo and half-information," Hatfill said.
Hatfill said his defense team has filed an ethics complaint about
Ashcroft's conduct, as well as actions by others in the case. "I will
be very interested to learn how well the Justice Department 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, Md., once home to the U.S. biological warfare program
and a repository for the Ames strain of anthrax used in the attacks.
Investigators have searched his Frederick, Md., 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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