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Texas Plague Expert Says FBI Tricked Him

A Texas scientist accused of lying to the FBI about destroying 30 vials of bubonic plague says the agency tricked him into making a confession so it could close the case. “I feel I was naive to have trusted them,” Thomas Butler told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a segment to air Sunday. Butler is charged with falsely reporting as missing 30 vials of the potentially lethal plague bacteria that he had actually destroyed. News of the supposedly missing vials in January triggered a terrorism alert. Butler said government agents pressured him to sign a statement that he destroyed the vials, even though he does not believe he did. Butler said he cannot account for the vials. Full Story

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