A Compilation of Evidence and Comments on the Source of the Mailed Anthrax

Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, Federation of American Scientists
revised December 10, 2001


All the available evidence indicates that the source of the mailed anthrax, or the information and materials to make it, is a US government program.

  1. ANTHRAX STRAIN

  2. WEAPONIZATION

  3. ANTHRAX PRODUCTION

  4. OTHER ANALYSES

  5. SOURCE LOCATION

  6. INFORMATION REGARDING THE PERPETRATOR

  7. TIMING

  8. PUBLIC STATEMENTS

  9. MOST LIKELY HYPOTHESIS

APPENDIX


LABORATORIES THAT HAVE WORKED WITH THE AMES STRAIN OF ANTHRAX
(Information obtained from open sources)
  1. USArmy Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (Ft. Detrick, MD)#*
  2. Dugway Proving Ground (Utah)#*
  3. Naval Research Medical Center and associated military labs (MD)#
  4. Battelle Memorial Institute (Ohio; plus laboratories in many other locations)#*
  5. Duke University Medical School, Clinical Microbiology Lab. (NC)
  6. VA Medical Center, Durham (NC)
  7. USDA laboratory and Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames (Iowa)
  8. LSU College of Veterinary Medicine*
  9. Northern Arizona State University (Arizona)*
  10. Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IL)
  11. University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque (NM)*
  12. Institute for Genomic Research (MD)
  13. Chemical and Biological Defense Establishment, Porton Down (UK)*
  14. Center for Applied Microbiology and Research, Porton (UK)*
  15. Defense Research Establishment, Suffield (CA)*

In addition, CDC, NIH, and Los Alamos and a few others may have the Ames strain.



* Obtained through a FOIA request by the Washington Post (article Nov 30, 01)
# indicates laboratories in the US that are probably more likely than the others to have weaponization capabilities.