Saturday, June 28, 2008
Hatfill Collects $5.8 Million From Government For Botched Investigation
The Justice Department denies it did anything wrong in its investigation of former U.S. Army scientist Steven Hatfill in connection with the 2001 anthrax attacks following the 9/11 attacks, but it has agreed to pay him $5.8 million to settle a lawsuit he brought against the government alleging his privacy rights were violated when government investigators identified him to the news media. "Our government failed us, not only by failing to catch the anthrax mailers but by seeking to conceal that failure," Hatfill's lawyers said in a statement. "Our government did this by leaking gossip, speculation, and misinformation to a handful of credulous reporters." "The United States does not admit to any violation of the Privacy Act and continues to deny all liability in connection with Dr. Hatfill's claims," Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said in response to the settlement.