Archive for August, 2008
Huffington Post has three questions for ABC News in the light of Glenn Greenwald’s Anthrax report.
1. Sources who are granted confidentiality give up their rights when
they lie or mislead the reporter. Were you lied to or misled by your
sources when you reported several times in 2001 that anthrax found in domestic attacks came from Iraq or showed signs of Iraqi involvement?
2. It now appears that the attacks were of domestic origin and the
anthrax came from within U.S. government facilities. This leads us to
ask you: who were the “four well-placed and separate sources” who
falsely told ABC News that tests conducted at Fort Detrick showed
bentonite in the anthrax sent to Sen. Tom Daschle, causing ABC News to
connect the attacks to Iraq in multiple reports over a five day period
in October, 2001?
3. A substantially false story that helps make the case for war
by raising fears about enemies abroad attacking the United States is
released into public debate because of faulty reporting by ABC News.
How that happened and who was responsible is itself a major story of
public interest. What is ABC News doing to re-report these events, to
figure out what went wrong and to correct the record for the American
people who were misled?”
I’ve always been fascinated by the Anthrax attacks after 9/11. It seemed strange that there wasn’t more urgency about finding the culprits. This made the claims that the Anthrax had been produced in an American lab pretty compelling and the fact that the FBI’s chief suspect recently killed himself would seem to bear them out.
An interesting story, then, but it wasn’t until I read this piece by Glenn Greenwald that I realised how shocking the facts really were.