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Anthrax / Investigation / Hatfill / Isikoff Interview #707149

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Aug 01, 2002
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: Kelli Arena) The FBI investigation into the possible role of former infectious diseases government researcher Steven Hatfill† in last year's anthrax attack featured. [Anthrax search witness Joey diLAURA†- comments on the search at Hatfill's apartment.] [FBI director Robert MUELLER†- offers no comment on the investigation.] [March 26, assistant FBI director Van HARP†- says the anthrax maker had experience & access to sophisticated equipment.] The lack of access to the Hatfill search warrant discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Dr. Hatfill's background in anthrax research & with the military reviewed; details given of his life in Rhodesia during an anthrax outbreak, his research into deadly viruses, his recent loss of his security clearance & his current job status. [Representative Christopher SHAYS†- talks about the complexity of the investigation.] [Anthrax expert Dr. Meryl NASS†- says not many people have the knowledge to prepare anthrax.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Newsweek" investigative reporter Michael Isikoff† about the anthrax story. [ISIKOFF - says this was the first search of Hatfill's apartment with a search warrant; outlines how Hatfill could fit the "hero theory" of the anthrax mailings; elaborates on the hero theory.]

Arena, Kelli;
Brown, Aaron

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