U.S. to pay $ 2.8 millionJune 28th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
The U.S. Justice Department said it would pay former Army scientist Steven Hatfill over $2.8 million to settle his lawsuit accusing officials of violating his privacy rights by talking to the media.
Hatfill, who earlier worked at the Army Medical Institute of Infectious Disease at Fort Detrick in Maryland, denied any involvement in the mailings of the anthrax-laced letters which killed five people on September 11 during the hijack plane attack.
“The government has determined that settlement is in the best interests of the United States and has agreed to pay Dr. Hatfill and his attorneys $2.825 million dollars and purchase for Dr. Hatfill an annual annuity of $150,000,” said Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse.
“By entering into this agreement, 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,” he said.
The anthrax attack remains unsolved and the FBI’s investigation continues. “This investigation remains among the department’s highest law enforcement priorities,” Roehrkasse said.