In shockingly dangerous mistake the U.S. military accidentally sent at least one live anthrax sample to a private laboratory in Maryland and is investigating reports it sent other live samples to eight other states, a U.S. defense official confirmed on Wednesday.
The official refused to be named, citing a confirmed investigation into the incident.
The official said the samples were supposed to be sent in an inactive state for research purposes and but live variants were mistakenly sent instead. The samples were now believed to be secure, although that too must be confirmed.
The Pentagon said there was no public health risk, but this, along with all other 'facts' in the case don't seem certain.
Instead, it appears as though a major oversight happened and that the Pentagon has only just become aware of the incident. While it appears to be investigating, the full scope looks to be much worse than the admitted facts as of Wednesday afternoon.