The magazine said its article was based on
information from a U.S. delegation source at the United Nations
biological weapons conference in Geneva that began last week. The
attacks have killed five people.
"The U.S. delegation believe it is an inside job. ... Their
members also have more information than has been made public,"
Kirsten Brodde, a reporter for the magazine, told Reuters. The
magazine said: "It seems the attacker ... wanted to force through an
increase in the budget for U.S. research on biological weapons."
It speculated that the attacker, who used anthrax-laced mail, had
probably wanted to cause panic rather than kill anyone.
U.S. investigators have still not determined who was behind the
attacks, but Attorney General John Ashcroft has signaled the
authorities were inclined to believe they had a domestic source.
The attacks occurred in the aftermath of the Sep. 11 suicide
plane attacks on New York and Washington and prompted initial
accusations by President George W. Bush that Saudi-born militant
Osama bin Laden may been responsible.
Asked about the magazine article, an FBI spokesman reiterated
that investigators were pursuing a number of leads but no arrests
A spokesman for the U.S. delegation in Geneva said he did not
have any information about the article.
The magazine is linked to the environmental lobby group and
shares its offices, but said it is financially and editorially