From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Finds Anthrax in Fla. Building
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 17:22:05 EDT
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 21:22:05 GMT
FBI Finds Anthrax in Fla. Building
(EXCERPT) Mon Sep 16, 3:11 AM ET
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - FBI ( news - web sites) investigators believe
photocopy machines were the reason anthrax spores were spread
throughout an office building where a tainted letter was mailed in
last year's attacks, according to a published report.
Federal investigators returned last month to the American Media Inc.
building for 12 days, armed with new techniques for detecting large
quantities of anthrax.
They found anthrax spores in all the copy machines in the three-story,
68,000 square foot building, an anonymous source familiar with the
investigation told The Palm Beach Post for its Sunday editions.
Investigators believe the microscopic spores spread from the
first-floor mail room where the letter was opened and onto reams of
copy paper stored there, the source said; the spores then spread into
the air by fans inside the machines loaded with the copy paper.
The building housed more than two dozen copy machines. The FBI's
theory helps explain for the first time the presence of anthrax
throughout the building.
"Once it falls, it stays," Palm Beach County Health Department
spokesman Tim O'Connor said. "It was stuck to the keyboard in Stevens'
office. It stuck in the machinery that sorts the mail in post
The FBI's search operation, the first of the supermarket tabloid's
publishing office, began Aug. 27 and ended Sept. 8.
Photo editor Robert Stevens died from anthrax in October. He was the
first of five people to die nationwide in the anthrax attacks. Ernesto
Blanco, who worked in the AMI mail room, was hospitalized with anthrax
The building was under continuous security since it was placed under
federal quarantine Oct. 7.
The company, which publishes six supermarket tabloids, including The
National Enquirer and Globe, moved its headquarters to rented offices
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