As I told the audience at the Anthrax Letters Seminar on November 29,
Please remember that the FBI “owns” the narrative of this case. It has released piecemeal findings, contradictory facts, and withheld a large amount of information from the public record…
Most important, the facts of this case (as opposed to what the FBI has released in a controlled fashion) have never been contested and established in a court of law.
FBI’s newest gambit is intended to reshape the (FBI-purchased) National Academy of Sciences study of FBI’s science (FBI clearly wasn’t happy with the almost-published report it was given to review), as FBI tries to retain control of the anthrax letters narrative.
According to Yudhijit Bhattacharjee at Science magazine,
The FBI has belatedly provided an expert panel with new information that will delay a long-awaited report on the scientific merits of the government’s investigation into the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings… The academy panel submitted the report to the FBI on 27 October. On 3 December, FBI officials provided new material and asked for an opportunity to make a presentation before the committee.
According to Greg Gordon at McClatchy,
According to Megan Eckstein at the Frederick NewsPost,
The FBI’s move came as a surprise to the academy. Spokeswoman Jennifer Walsh said on Nov. 30 the committee was finalizing its report for the upcoming release, and in a Dec. 10 e-mail she wrote “at that time we didn’t know we would receive any relevant information.
“We were surprised given our prior request for all relevant information,” she said. “Some, but not all, of what the FBI has now turned over is relevant to the committee’s charge, and they are the type of materials we requested previously. However, I can’t characterize what types of materials they are.”
Information on Congressman Holt’s response to the latest FBI trick and his letter to FBI Director Mueller can be found here.