AMERICAN expert last night claimed last autumn’s anthrax attacks may
have been the result of CIA research which went disastrously wrong.
the same time, health ministers of the G7 countries and Mexico met in
London and agreed to carry out an international exercise to test
reactions to a biological, chemical or radio-nuclear terrorist
Barbara Rosenberg, the director of the Federation of
American Scientists’ Chemical and Biological Weapons Program, raised
the possibility that the CIA could have ordered a “field trial” on the
possible effects of delivering anthrax through the mail and the
could have been used by whoever was responsible for the anthrax attacks.
Rosenberg told the BBC’s Newsnight: “Some very expert field person
would have been given this job and it would have been left to him to
decide exactly how to carry it out.
“The result might have been
a project gone badly awry if he decided to use it for his own purposes
and target the media and the Senate for his own motives as not intended
by the government project.”
Dr Rosenberg claimed the culprit had
knowledge both of the law and of the detective work it would need for
him to be caught. She said: “This person knows a lot about forensic
matters, knows exactly what he can be prosecuted for and what he can
get away with and I think he had some personal matters that he might
have wanted to settle, but I think in addition that he felt that
bio-defence was being underemphasised for some time in the past.”
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