From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Uses New Tools in Anthrax Probe
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 16:14:27 EDT
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 20:14:27 GMT
FBI Uses New Tools in Anthrax Probe
(EXCERPT) Mon Aug 26,10:39 AM ET, by JILL BARTON, Associated Press
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - The FBI ( news - web sites) wants to take
another look at an anthrax-infested building owned by tabloid
publisher American Media Inc., where an employee was fatally infected
In the first search of the building since November, agents this week
will use new techniques developed to collect anthrax spores throughout
the building, according to an FBI news release. The search will take
about two weeks.
The previous search concentrated on a mailroom and workstations of
American Media spokesman Gerald McKelvey said Sunday that the FBI has
notified them of the new searches, but he gave no more information.
The building has been under federal quarantine since October, when
photo editor Robert Stevens died after becoming infected at his desk.
He was the first person to die during the anthrax attacks last fall,
which killed five people.
While transmission through the mail was suspected, investigators have
never determined how anthrax spores were sent to the building. Spores
delivered by mail also hit media outlets in New York and a
congressional building in Washington.
Sen. Bill Nelson ( news, bio, voting record) said last week he would
introduce legislation to require the federal government to help clean
the building, fearing a hurricane could spread spores.
AMI publishes six supermarket tabloids, including The National
Enquirer, Globe and Weekly World News
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