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US Expert Believed to Be Behind Anthrax Attack

US Expert Believed to Be
Behind Anthrax Attack

US expert believed behind anthrax attacks - REUTERS
GERMANY: November 29, 2001

BERLIN - The anthrax attacks in the United States were probably the
work of a member of a U.S. biological warfare programme, the magazine
of environment pressure group Greenpeace Germany reported yesterday.

The magazine said its article was based on information from a U.S.
delegation source at the United Nations biological weapons conference
in Geneva that began last week. The attacks have killed five people.

"The U.S. delegation believe it is an inside job... Their members also
have more information than has been made public," Kirsten Brodde, a
reporter for the magazine, told Reuters.

The magazine said: "It seems the attacker...wanted to force through an
increase in the budget for U.S. research on biological weapons."

It speculated that the attacker, who used anthrax-laced mail, had
probably wanted to cause panic rather than kill anyone.

U.S. investigators have still not determined who was behind the
attacks, but Attorney General John Ashcroft has signalled the authorities
were inclined to believe they had a domestic source.

The attacks occurred in the aftermath of the September 11 suicide
plane attacks on New York and Washington and prompted initial
accusations by President George W. Bush that Saudi-born militant
Osama bin Laden may been responsible.

Asked about the magazine article, an FBI spokesman reiterated that
investigators were pursuing a number of leads but no arrests appeared
imminent.

A spokesman for the U.S. delegation in Geneva said he did not have any
information about the article.

The magazine is linked to the environmental lobby group and shares its
offices, but it said it was financially and editorially independent.

REUTERS NEWS SERVICE


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