These are 102 pages of emails to and from accused Mailer Bruce Ivins, released by FBI on court order (Dillon v. U.S. Department of Justice) on March 20, 2019. FOIA request #1327397 sought Ivins’s emails and other documents for September and October, 2001. FOIA request #1329530 sought the Table of Contents and the 16 pages on Ivins from the 2000-page Interim Major Case Summary of 2006.  After repeated failures to find emails, FBI experts located them as 1A attachments in the Amerithrax file.

 

 
 
 

 

See the analysis of these emails by Ross Getman.  For an explanation of the anthrax mailings case, see Was Abderraouf Jdey the Anthrax Mailer?

 

Destruction of Evidence?

There are reasons to suspect that someone has destroyed evidence potentially exculpatory of Bruce Ivins.

In the First Declaration of David Hardy, chief of FBI’s Records Dissemination Information Section [RIDS], he describes on p. 14 how he found a copy of the IMCS:

In response to FOIA Number 1329350, the FBI conducted a CRS [Central Records System] search using the term “Interim Major Case Summary” and located no records. The FBI then conducted an index search using the term “Amerithrax” which resulted in one investigative file. The FBI electronically reviewed the investigative file and was unable to locate the IMCS. Next, the FBI contacted the subject matter experts at the Washington Field Office and requested their assistance. The Washington Field Office reviewed the physical investigative file and was unable to locate the IMCS. The Washington Field Office reached out to the FBI’s Laboratory Services in Quantico, Virginia, who located the IMCS and sent it to RMD [Records Management Division] for processing.

In other words, the first three most logical places to look for the IMCS–the index, the digital investigative file, and the physical investigative file–proved fruitless, and a copy of the IMCS needed to be found at another location.  According to IMCS author Richard Lambert, he uploaded digital copies of the IMCS and its distribution list to the Amerithrax investigative file in 2006.  So FBI’s search failed to find a copy that should have been there.  A person intent on destroying evidence might have focused solely on the IMCS because its chapter on Ivins concentrated the exculpatory evidence and arguments.  Trying to destroy all the individual pieces of evidence would have been a very difficult task and could have aroused suspicion.  Besides, no isolated piece of evidence would have much weight.

Was Abderraouf Jdey the Anthrax Mailer? suggests that someone would have had a compelling reason to destroy evidence potentially exculpatory of Bruce Ivins.

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