Federal prosecutor says bomb threat defendant's statements to newspaper validate charges

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U.S. Attorney David Hickton today indicated in a news release that a Scottish newspaper article quoting accused bomb threatener Adam Busby backs the conclusions reached by federal investigators into the University of Pittsburgh scares of 2012.

In an article in The Sun of Scotland, Mr. Busby was quoted as saying that he sent emails claiming that there were bombs in Pitt buildings to turn Oakland into "a testing ground for a cyber warfare attack.

"I was staggered by the amount of disruption and damage the emails caused and the seriousness with which the Americans took the whole thing," Mr. Busby was quoted as saying.

“The statements being attributed to Adam Busby ... underscore the exemplary international investigation that resulted in the filing of a 36-count indictment" against him, Mr. Hickton said in the statement. He reiterated that "the U.S. Department of Justice will continue to press for his extradition to the United States to face justice, in Pittsburgh, for his crimes.”

Mr. Busby, a Scottish nationalist, was released from an Irish jail and residing in a hostel, Mr. Hickton announced last week. Scotland is also trying to prosecute him.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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