2,963. 10/17/2001

“The discovery of expertly processed anthrax [sent to Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD)], one former scientist said, casts serious doubt on the theory advanced by some investigators that the germ attacks were the work of a lone amateur with a smattering of knowledge about biology. ‘I do think in one form or another, a state was involved,’ one former American scientist said. ‘It could be employees of a former state, such as a Russian scientist.’ Nor is it clear whether Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden’s network, was involved in any way. American intelligence officials say Mr. bin Laden has tried to acquire nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.”

 – Stephen Engelberg and Judith Miller, “Miller Daschle Letter Called First Use of Anthrax as Weapon,” The New York Times, Oct. 17, 2001

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