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Published:September 20th, 2006 07:52 EST

FBI Statement on the Status of the Investigation into the 2001 Anthrax Mailings

By SOP newswire

Today, Joseph Persichini, Jr., Acting Assistant Director of the FBI's Washington Field Office, made the following statement:

The investigation into the deadly 2001 anthrax attack is one of the largest and most complex investigations ever conducted by law enforcement. Today, the FBI's commitment to solving this case is undiminished. The men and women of the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service assigned to the case remain fully committed to bringing the perpetrator(s) of these murderous attacks to justice. While no arrests have been made, the dedicated investigators who have worked tirelessly on this case, day-in and day-out, continue to go the extra mile in pursuit of every lead. From the Director to the investigating agents and inspectors, there is confidence the case will be solved.

Second, while not well known to the public, the scientific advances gained from this investigation are unprecedented and have greatly strengthened the government's ability to prepare for - and prevent - biological attacks in the future. Since the first anthrax mailing, investigators have worked hand in hand with the scientific community to both solve this case and to be best positioned in the event of a future attack.

Despite the frustrations that come with any complex investigation, no one in the FBI has, for a moment, stopped thinking about the innocent victims of these attacks, nor has the effort to solve this case in any way been slowed.

Source: FBI