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Release: No. DITA-81
Date Mailed: August, 30, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Elaine Zacky-208/265-2575; 800/336-9266
Conclude Russian Defector is Lead Suspect in Anthrax Mailings Case
Sandpoint, ID- Three veteran investigators have independently narrowed
the field of anthrax mailings suspects to a single Russian defector
affiliated with two heavily implicated defense contractors and the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Alibekov, alias "Ken Alibek," the President of Hadron
Advanced Biosystems, should be re-interrogated by the FBI, according
to three researchers who arrived at this conclusion independently.
They say Stephen Hatfield-the military virologist cited by FBI officials
in recent weeks as a chief subject was not likely involved in the
mailings at all.
three men include: Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz-a public health and emerging
diseases expert, Michael Ruppert-a retired Los Angeles Police Department
homicide detective, and Stewart Webb-a federal whistle blower credited
with supplying key evidence to federal prosecutors during the 1989
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) scandal. All three investigators
say overwhelming evidence implicates Dr. Alibekov and the parties
he served before and during the anthrax mailings, including the
CIA. This, they propose, might best explain why the FBI's inquiry
compiled evidence is largely public knowledge. Dr. Alibekov was
the first Deputy Director of Biopreparat-the Soviet Union's leading
biological weapons testing center. He oversaw military anthrax production
for nearly 20 years, and was personally responsible for 32,000 employees
at 40 facilities when he suddenly defected to the United States
in 1992 to begin working for the CIA. According to interviews, Dr.
Alibekov allegedly defected to help stop the biological weapons
race, not for monetary reward. Yet, his activities in America indicate
May 20, 1998 Dr. Alibekov testified before the Joint Economic Committee
of the U.S. Congress as a Program Manager for the Battelle Memorial
Institute (BMI)-a leading military contractor and one of few institutional
suspects identified by the press. William Broad of the New York
Times (Dec. 13, 2001), upon Dr. Horowitz's earlier urging, cited
BMI as the chief CIA contractor for project "Clearvision"-an
effort to produce the deadliest Ames strain anthrax ever developed.
It was hyper-concentrated, silica-laced, electro-magnetized, and
extremely transmissible. The facts indicate Dr. Alibekov, one of
two leading anthrax experts contracted by the CIA at the time of
"Clearvision," may have managed the entire program during
which the germ was sent from BMI to the BMI administered and supplied
Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. From here or BMI's anthrax lab in
West Jefferson, Ohio, the never-before-seen anthrax weapon was transferred
to envelopes and mailed from four locations including Trenton, N.J.
and St. Petersburg, FL in early October, 2001. The mailings killed
five people while scores of others were victimized by the ensuing
fright and toxic side effects from taking CIPRO-the "anthrax
antibiotic," according to experts and news reports.
suspicious ties to the Russian defector and Hadron Advanced Biosystems
were realized when investigators learned of the second leading BMI
and CIA anthrax contractor, and close personal friend of Dr. Alibekov,
Dr. William C. Patrick, III. Suspiciously, Dr. Alibekov and BMI
had contracted with this anthrax ace in the Spring of 1998 to predict
the dispersal and damage capability of mailing such a hyper-weaponized
germ much like the one sent to select members of the media and legislators
on Capitol Hill.
three independent investigators each cite economic and political
motives for the targeted anthrax mailings. Given the high grade
and technical difficulty in producing and handling this grade of
anthrax, they reasoned, "white collar criminals" with
access to military or pharmaceutical labs most likely acted on behalf
of those who benefited most from the attacks and ensuing fright.
Hadron and its affiliates, including DynCorp and BMI, lead the pack
of corporate and institutional suspects, the investigators say.
A revelatory organizational chart prepared by Dr. Horowitz depicting
these corporate and institutional suspects was mailed to more than
1,500 FBI agents late last year along with an extensive 25-page
report still available over the Internet (link to http://www.tetrahedron.org/articles/anthrax/anthrax_espionage.html)
the three investigators reasoned, the media was initially targeted
to sway public opinion in support of government orders worth billions
of dollars for hyped vaccines and drugs, much of which benefited
Hadron, DynCorp, BMI and their directors. DynCorp was the major
military and intelligence provider awarded $322 million to develop,
produce, and store anthrax and smallpox vaccines for the nation.
BMI, a leading defense and energy industry contractor, directed
the US military's Joint Vaccine Acquisitions Program. Bioport, LLC
became a leading beneficiary. This British-controlled anthrax vaccine
maker in Lansing, Michigan was sanctioned repeatedly by federal
officials and members of congress for unethical business practices,
violating health and safety guidelines, and vaccine contaminations
that some researchers say may have triggered the mysterious Gulf
profiteering was firmly secured after the mailings to Capitol Hill,
the investigators say. The specific targeting of Senators Patrick
Leahy (D-Vt.) and Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), traditionally
strong drug and military industry adversaries, reinforced their
Horowitz had been studying anthrax advances since 1989. He correctly
diagnosed "the beginning of the anthrax scam" one week
before the first mailings were heralded by the media. FBI
records show he urged the bureau to begin their ongoing investigation
into anthrax-related bioterrorism at the end of September, 2001.
It took bureau officials six months to finally respond to his repeated
urgent correspondence. "Then, rather than expressing gratitude
and following my leads," he said, "my two interrogators
were primed to make me a suspect." For this reason, Horowitz
says, he can "feel for the plight of the bureau's scapegoat"-Dr.
journalist Michael Ruppert followed his suspicions to Hadron and
DynCorp through court records pertaining to a secret pirated military
software program called PROMIS. He learned that Dr. Alibekov's predecessor-Hadron's
past director and founder, Dr. Earl Brian-a business associate of
former Reagan administration Attorney General Edwin Meese-was convicted
of fraud during the 1980s.
Alibekov's interrogation and lie detection at Hadron's Advanced
Biosystems," Ruppert advised, "may not only solve the
anthrax mailings mystery, but also shed light on the recent untimely
and inexplicable deaths of several biological weapons experts."
The retired homicide detective suspects Dr. Alibekov's "comrade-in-arms,"
another top Soviet biological weapons director, Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik,
was most likely murdered. Pasechnik defected to Great Britain three
years before Dr. Alibekov defected to America, Mr. Ruppert recalled.
Pasechnik's death, according to British intelligence officer Christopher
Davis, was reportedly due to a stroke. Ruppert remains unconvinced.
Webb has spent more than twenty years investigating "white
collar crime" at the highest levels of government. His intelligence
sources and leads have proven accurate a number of times, helping
justice department officials indict suspects ranging from bankers
to drug dealers. He also believes evidence in the anthrax mailings
case implicates key CIA and Bush administration officials. For this
reason, he says, the crime is unlikely to be solved by the FBI.
"One of my sources, a high ranking intelligence officer, confirmed
Dr. Horowitz's conclusion," he said. Hadron and "Dr. Alibek"
in particular, are "most heavily implicated as agents for this
TO JOURNALISTS: For interviews with the independent investigators
named, contact: Dr. Horowitz, by calling 208-265-2575 or e-mailing
Mr. Ruppert by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org;
and Mr. Webb by e-mailing email@example.com.