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Ten years after anthrax scare: ProPublica and Frontline investigate

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Bruce Edwards Ivins was a biodefense researcher for the United States Army. According to the FBI, Ivins also mailed letters containing anthrax in 2001.

Ten years ago this week, with the horrors of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 still fresh, a mysterious white powder started showing up in the mail. These anthrax attacks killed five and infected 17 people. The FBI spent years and millions of dollars to find the suspect. Bruce E. Ivins became their man in 2008 after he committed suicide. However, a review of the evidence by ProPublica and PBS Frontline shows many questions remain.


Steve Engelberg is the managing editor of ProPublica.

Click here to read ProPublica's new article on Bruce Ivins and the anthrax case

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