Some key senators have expressed serious doubts about the FBI’s assertion that Army scientist Bruce Ivins was the lone attacker in the 2001 anthrax assaults that killed five people and sickened 17 others, reports USA Today. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), one of two senators targeted in the attacks, believes there are “others who could be charged with murder.” “I do not believe in any way, shape or manner that he was the only one involved,” Leahy told FBI director Robert Mueller at a committee hearing.
Ivins, an anthrax scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., committed suicide in July as federal investigators built their case against him. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) asked Mueller whether he had personally reviewed the evidence and was convinced “beyond a reasonable doubt” of Ivins’ guilt. “Yes,” Mueller said, noting that the National Academy of Sciences will review the methodology used in the inquiry.