Amerithrax - Unsolved
The country was still reeling from the attacks of September 11th when the anthrax letter attacks occurred in early October 2001. Speculation ranged from al-Qaeda being the culprit to Iraq being behind the anthrax laced letters. Despite other leads and potential suspects, on June 25, 2002, Steven Hatfill was questioned and his apartment was searched for the first time. At the time, an associate of mine who was involved in chem-bio analysis suggested to me that while Hatfill was a "person of interest," there were other scientists at Ft. Detrick who might also be considered, in cluding a report of a disgruntled former researcher (speculated to be an Egyptian scientist).
Still, Steven Hatfill remained a "person of interest." Afterall, it was suspected that he, among other things, had fabricated parts of his resume and had expertise in using "dry" biological agents. But there was no physical evidence linking Hatfill to the attacks.
Earlier this week, the U.S. government settled the 2003 law suit that had been brought by Dr. Steven Hatfill for the news leaks from the Amerithrax investigation. The settlement will pay Dr. Hatfill $2.825 million in cash and an annuity worth $1.8 million that will pay Hatfill $150,000 a year for 20 years.
The point of this post is not to judge the investigation one way or the other. The question that needs to be answered is "if Steven Hatfill didn't do it, who did?"