Photo: demonstration triggered by laboratory accident. /Internet pictures
The New York Times published two reports in succession, revealing that the US military covered up the death of three civilian employees in Fort Detrich in the 1950s and 1960s. The dead were 46 year old microbiologist Boyles, 53 year old electrician Willard and 58 year old animal keeper Nicole. Boyles and Willard died of anthrax, and Nicole died of hemorrhagic fever in Bolivia. The source of infection can be found in the laboratory, but the causes of death initially announced by the military were acute bronchopneumonia, respiratory diseases and unknown encephalitis.
Dozens of dangerous biological samples, including anthrax strains, have been lost in Fort Detrich, and unauthorized anthrax experiments have been carried out on weekends and at night.
A large-scale anthrax attack occurred in the United States. Many people, including two Democratic senators, received letters with anthrax spores. In the end, 22 people were infected and at least five died. The anthrax strain used in the attack was first synthesized in the fort detrickburg laboratory, where Dr. Evans was regarded as the main suspect by the FBI, but he suddenly committed suicide before he was arrested.
The leakage of Agent Orange, anthrax, weaponized Botox and radioactive carbon 14 were detected near the detrickburg laboratory. Local residents have launched petitions and lawsuits, accusing the laboratory of chemical and biological weapons polluting soil and groundwater, seriously threatening people’s health. According to the charity that specializes in investigating the case, nearly 3000 people have suffered from cancer within three miles of Fort Detrich since 2010.
Fort Detrick reported two leaks, and the center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ordered the closure of the laboratory in July, but declined to give specific reasons. In March 2020, the laboratory has been restarted.
Source: New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine