Anthrax Suspect Charges FBI Harassment

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Steven Hatfill, under FBI surveillance in the investigation of last year’s anthrax episodes, was issued a ticket after an altercation this weekend with an agent, CNN reports. According to Washington, D.C., police, Hatfill walked up to a parked car to take a picture of the driver. The driver then drove off, running over Hatfill’s foot. The driver was an FBI employee.

Hatfill, a former U.S. Army researcher, has been called a “person of interest” by Attorney General John Ashcroft in the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001. Hatfill denies involvement.

In the weekend incident, Hatfill was issued a citation for “walking to create a hazard” and fined $5. Pat Clawson, a spokesman for Hatfill, said Hatfill and his girlfriend had been driving in the Georgetown area of Washington and a vehicle apparently driven by an FBI agent was tailgating Hatfill. “This is harassment, not surveillance,” Clawson said. “This is in-your-face harassment.”


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