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The Anthrax Files

October 11, 2011

FRONTLINE, ProPublica and McClatchy investigate the country’s most notorious act of bioterrorism

(53:41) FRONTLINE, ProPublica and McClatchy examine the country's most notorious act of bioterror

New Report Casts Doubt on FBI Anthrax Investigation

For a second time in three years, an independent inquiry has cast doubt on the genetic testing that the FBI said linked the main suspect to the 2001 attacks.

Exclusive: New Photos of Anthrax Suspect’s Lab

Rarely seen photos — obtained by FRONTLINE under the Freedom of Information Act — of Dr. Bruce Ivins’ office, locker, the hot suite and the machine the FBI says he could have used to make the dried anthrax spores used in the attacks.

Government Settles Anthrax Suit for $2.5 million

While denying negligence by one of its premier bio-weapons labs, the government has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a wrongful death suit filed by survivors of the first fatality victim of the deadly 2001 anthrax mail attacks, court papers revealed Tuesday.

$50 Million Anthrax Lawsuit Settled

“Justice has been served,” the lawyer for the family of Robert Stevens, the first victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks, told … Continue reading

The FBI Responds To “The Anthrax Files”

After editorials in The New York Times and The Washington Post called for new investigations into the 2001 anthrax attacks, the FBI issues a statement defending its conclusion that Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins was behind the letters that killed five people.

How Prepared is the U.S. For a Bioterrorism Attack?

In mid-September 2001, a retired Air Force colonel successfully smuggled an anthrax-like substance into the White House. This warning could … Continue reading

Secret Reports: With Security Spotty, Many Had Access to Anthrax

The Army laboratory identified by prosecutors as the source of the anthrax that killed five people in the fall of … Continue reading

Washington Post Calls for New Anthrax Investigation

Last week it was the The New York Times; now The Washington Post has called for a review of the … Continue reading

NYT Calls for New Anthrax Investigation

Evidence that Dr. Bruce Ivins is the anthrax killer is looking “increasingly shaky” says a New York Times editorial published … Continue reading

Live Chat: Inside the FBI’s Anthrax Investigation

Read the full transcript of our live chat with “Anthrax Files” reporters Mike Wiser (FRONTLINE), Stephen Engleberg (ProPublica), and Greg Gordon (McClatchy).

“A Chilling Report on Several Fronts”

That’s The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik on The Anthrax Files, our season premiere airing tonight on PBS (check local listings or watch it … Continue reading

The Anthrax Files: The Essential Documents

FRONTLINE closely examined more than 27,000 pages of FBI documents for this investigation. Here are some of the key documents … Continue reading

The Bruce Ivins I Knew

A goofball scientist, practical joker or a man with a “dark side”? How people who knew him remember Dr. Bruce Ivins…

Rachel Lieber: The Case Against Dr. Bruce Ivins

Because of his suicide, Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Lieber never got a chance to try her case against Dr. Bruce Ivins in front of a jury, but she is confident she could have convicted him for the anthrax attacks. Here she tells FRONTLINE how she would have done it.

Edward Montooth: “The Mandate Was to Look at the Case With Fresh Eyes”

In 2006, Montooth was brought in to shake up the FBI’s investigation of the anthrax attacks. He says he’s “very comfortable” with the evidence that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the perpetrator: “What we see today is exactly what we wanted to avoid. We wanted a trial so that the public could see it and make their own informed decision. With that suicide, ultimately when he died, that took it away.”

Nancy Haigwood: “I Had a Gut Feeling It Was Bruce”

Dr. Bruce Ivins developed an interest in Haigwood in the 1970s, when the two were graduate students at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His interest became more intense when he found out that Haigwood was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In early 2002, Haigwood contacted the FBI about her suspicions that Ivins might be involved in the anthrax attacks.

Claire Fraser-Liggett: “This Is Not an Airtight Case By Any Means”

Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences, Fraser-Liggett was brought into the investigation to try to trace the DNA found in the anthrax attack letters back to its source material. Based on her team’s research, the FBI zeroed in on a flask controlled by Dr. Bruce Ivins. But while Fraser-Liggett believes the scientific evidence is “very solid,” she is not convinced the government has made its case against Ivins.

Paul Keim: “We Were Surprised It Was the Ames Strain”

In October 2001, Northern Arizona University microbiologist Dr. Paul Keim identified that the anthrax used in the attack letters was the Ames strain, a development he described as “chilling” because that particular strain was developed in U.S. government laboratories.

Dig Deeper: The Anthrax Investigation

More on accused Army biodefense researcher, Dr. Bruce Ivins, and exonerated scientist Dr. Steven Hatfill.

Exclusive: The Intern Who Opened an Anthrax Letter

For years, she hid her strange place in American history. “I didn’t want to be known as Grant Leslie, the girl who got anthrax.”

The Anthrax Attacks: 10 Years Later

Ten years ago this week, Florida photo editor Bob Stevens died shortly after being diagnosed as having inhaled anthrax. Hours … Continue reading

Sen. Grassley Asks DOJ to Explain Contradictory Actions on Anthrax Probe

WASHINGTON — A senior Republican senator has asked the Justice Department to explain why its civil lawyers filed court papers … Continue reading

Judge Allows Feds to Revise Filing in Anthrax Case

The Justice Department initially asserted flatly that Army researcher Bruce Ivins, whom the FBI accused of manufacturing the anthrax, lacked the “specialized equipment” needed to produce the deadly powder at a U.S. bio-weapons lab.

Judge Blocks DOJ Anthrax Reversal

It’s unclear whether the ruling will lead to further disclosures about the FBI’s case against alleged anthrax suspect Bruce Ivins.

Government Anthrax Flip-Flop Could Boost Victims’ Lawsuit

WASHINGTON — Waffling by Justice Department lawyers in a wrongful death lawsuit arising from the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks could … Continue reading

Justice Department Retracts Statements on Anthrax Lab

WASHINGTON — Rushing into court to undo a major blunder, Justice Department lawyers defending a civil suit Tuesday retracted statements … Continue reading

New Documents Cast Doubt on Federal Anthrax Case

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has called into question a key pillar of the FBI’s case against Bruce Ivins, the … Continue reading


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