Rude awakening

Andrew Leonard, who reported on biological warfare in his article "The Invisible Nightmare," responds to his critics.

Published October 5, 2001 8:00AM (EDT)

Andrew Leonard's article on bioterrorism and review of the book "Germs" touched on a subject that is heatedly debated: Can terrorists produce or obtain biological weapons? And can they effectively use them against the U.S.?

The piece triggered numerous letters from readers -- some denying that an attack is possible, some accusing him of spreading fear. Listen below to a Q&A in which Leonard, Salon's tech and business editor, addresses some of the points brought up by his critics.

Read "The Invisible Nightmare" here.

Read the reader responses here.

Rude Awakening
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