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From ecdl@mb.sympatico.ca Mon Feb 23 22:21:05 EST 1998
Article: 165088 of alt.revisionism
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From: Joseph Lockhart 
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Subject: One suspect in anthrax case released from custody
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 12:52:16 -0800
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Just another Hollow-Hoax exposed.


One suspect in anthrax case released from custody

February 21, 1998
Web posted at: 10:08 p.m. EST (0308 GMT) 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (CNN) -- One of the two men arrested for posession of 
what turned out to be non-lethal anthrax was released from custody
Saturday evening. 

William Leavitt Jr., 47, thanked God, his family, law enforcement
officials, a federal magistrate judge and his lawyers for getting him
out of prison on his own recognizance, saying the past three days have
been the "most difficult days of my life." 

Leavitt and Larry Wayne Harris, 46, were arrested Wednesday night and
charged with conspiracy to possess and possession of a biological agent. 

Leavitt's release came just hours after FBI agents raided the
microbiologist's home north of Las Vegas in search of more evidence. 

Pale and appearing on the verge of tears, Leavitt, a self-described
medical researcher, said he has no hard feelings toward FBI
investigators. 

"I understand what happened, and I understand the position the FBI took
based upon the information they received," Leavitt told the media just
after his release from the Clark County Detention Center. 

"I spent many, many hours in fasting and in prayer, and wanted the truth
(to) be known." 

One stipulation for Leavitt's release is that he "will not conduct or
participate in any biological or biochemical treatment," according to
court documents. 

The FBI acknowledged earlier Saturday that test results so far show the
confiscated anthrax is not the deadly military-grade version. 

"We truly felt, and we feel now, that we had enough probable cause to
believe there was a danger to the community," FBI agent Bobby Siller
told reporters. "We had to act the way we did." 

Siller, special agent in charge of the FBI's Las Vegas office, said the
arrests of Leavitt and Harris were made on the basis of information from
witnesses, as well as surveillance and background
checks. 

Residents assured they are not in danger 

Before their arrests, Harris and Leavitt had told more than one person
that they had military-grade anthrax and planned to test it at a nearby
medical center, Siller said. 

Siller also reassured Las Vegas residents they are not in danger. "There
is no reason for anybody to be concerned about any contaminants in this
area," Siller said. U.S. Army experts at Fort Detrick, Maryland,
concluded the substance was not a biological weapon after completing a
series of tests that began Friday morning, sources told CNN. The FBI
confirmed Saturday that the confiscated version is a non-lethal type
that veterinarians use. 

The FBI apparently also seized other material in Ohio from houses owned
by Harris. That material is still being tested at Fort Detrick, and
those tests will not be completed before Monday. 

Police suspect Harris gave 'inoculations' 

Saturday, a Columbus, Ohio, police investigator said he believes Harris
regularly gave some people injections that Harris claimed would protect
them against biological agents. 

"It's something we've suspected and can't divulge our sources, but we
think he was giving inoculations," Det. Rick Adrian said. 

It was unclear how long Harris offered the injections, what the shots
contained or whether anyone became sick because of them. 

The FBI affidavit detailing the case against Harris says he claims to be
an officer in the Idaho-based white separatist group Aryan Nations. 

Mark Potok, a spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national
watchdog group that monitors extremist groups, told The New York Times
that Harris traveled around the country, "meeting with extremist
anti-government groups and inoculating them against anthrax." 

Harris was previously given probation after pleading guilty to illegally
obtaining bubonic plague bacteria through the mail in 1995.


From ecdl@mb.sympatico.ca Mon Feb 23 22:27:01 EST 1998
Article: 216434 of can.politics
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From: Joseph Lockhart 
Newsgroups: can.politics,alt.politics.white-power,alt.revisionism
Subject: One suspect in anthrax case released from custody
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 12:52:16 -0800
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Just another Hollow-Hoax exposed.


One suspect in anthrax case released from custody

February 21, 1998
Web posted at: 10:08 p.m. EST (0308 GMT) 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (CNN) -- One of the two men arrested for posession of 
what turned out to be non-lethal anthrax was released from custody
Saturday evening. 

William Leavitt Jr., 47, thanked God, his family, law enforcement
officials, a federal magistrate judge and his lawyers for getting him
out of prison on his own recognizance, saying the past three days have
been the "most difficult days of my life." 

Leavitt and Larry Wayne Harris, 46, were arrested Wednesday night and
charged with conspiracy to possess and possession of a biological agent. 

Leavitt's release came just hours after FBI agents raided the
microbiologist's home north of Las Vegas in search of more evidence. 

Pale and appearing on the verge of tears, Leavitt, a self-described
medical researcher, said he has no hard feelings toward FBI
investigators. 

"I understand what happened, and I understand the position the FBI took
based upon the information they received," Leavitt told the media just
after his release from the Clark County Detention Center. 

"I spent many, many hours in fasting and in prayer, and wanted the truth
(to) be known." 

One stipulation for Leavitt's release is that he "will not conduct or
participate in any biological or biochemical treatment," according to
court documents. 

The FBI acknowledged earlier Saturday that test results so far show the
confiscated anthrax is not the deadly military-grade version. 

"We truly felt, and we feel now, that we had enough probable cause to
believe there was a danger to the community," FBI agent Bobby Siller
told reporters. "We had to act the way we did." 

Siller, special agent in charge of the FBI's Las Vegas office, said the
arrests of Leavitt and Harris were made on the basis of information from
witnesses, as well as surveillance and background
checks. 

Residents assured they are not in danger 

Before their arrests, Harris and Leavitt had told more than one person
that they had military-grade anthrax and planned to test it at a nearby
medical center, Siller said. 

Siller also reassured Las Vegas residents they are not in danger. "There
is no reason for anybody to be concerned about any contaminants in this
area," Siller said. U.S. Army experts at Fort Detrick, Maryland,
concluded the substance was not a biological weapon after completing a
series of tests that began Friday morning, sources told CNN. The FBI
confirmed Saturday that the confiscated version is a non-lethal type
that veterinarians use. 

The FBI apparently also seized other material in Ohio from houses owned
by Harris. That material is still being tested at Fort Detrick, and
those tests will not be completed before Monday. 

Police suspect Harris gave 'inoculations' 

Saturday, a Columbus, Ohio, police investigator said he believes Harris
regularly gave some people injections that Harris claimed would protect
them against biological agents. 

"It's something we've suspected and can't divulge our sources, but we
think he was giving inoculations," Det. Rick Adrian said. 

It was unclear how long Harris offered the injections, what the shots
contained or whether anyone became sick because of them. 

The FBI affidavit detailing the case against Harris says he claims to be
an officer in the Idaho-based white separatist group Aryan Nations. 

Mark Potok, a spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national
watchdog group that monitors extremist groups, told The New York Times
that Harris traveled around the country, "meeting with extremist
anti-government groups and inoculating them against anthrax." 

Harris was previously given probation after pleading guilty to illegally
obtaining bubonic plague bacteria through the mail in 1995.



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