In a report that may have some observers wondering about today’s Centers for Disease Control and its statements about COVID, an investigative reporter has documented an internal war over a study that provided misleading information to the American public.
Sharyl Attkisson says the conflict developed a few years ago when evidence in a study showed a link between vaccines and autism, but the details were buried.
She reports an internal email from the CDC, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act process, reveals “just how nasty things got” with one scientist calling another, “You are a pathetic liar.”
That comment was on Sept. 2, 2018, from CDC’s Dr. William Thompson to Dr. Frank DeStefano, CDC’s head of immunization safety.
Thompson cited an interview DeStefano gave to Attkisson in 2014 – after Thompson “stunned” the scientific community by confirming he, DeStefano and others “committed fraud in a major vaccine-autism study.”
“According to Thompson, he and his fellow CDC scientists covered up a link between MMR vaccine and autism in African-American boys. ‘The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism,’ Thompson later testified,” she reported.
He documented how he and others in the CDC got together “and literally trashed study data.”
The situation came to light because Thompson shared the information in a series of phone calls with the parent of an autistic child, and the parent recorded the calls.
When they came to light, “Thompson admitted to scientific fraud,” Attkisson reported.
Further, he explained the documents from the research literally were tossed into a garbage can.
DeStefano, in his interview with Attkisson, explained he “wasn’t aware” of “this.” And in 2018, Thompson discovered the interview comments, and fired off an email to DeStefano, with copies to several others, calling him a “pathetic liar.”
Attkisson pointed out that about 2018, when Thompson was reacting, “another of the government’s top pro-vaccine medical experts signed a sworn statement also alleging a government coverup of links between vaccines and autism.”
That was Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a pediatric neurologist who confirmed that in some cases, vaccines can cause autism.
“But he says the government covered up his finding, fired him as an expert witness, and misrepresented his opinion in court,” Attkisson reported.
She reported that the Department of Justice secretly settled a major vaccine-autism court case that Zimmerman had consulted on – “the government admitting liability but making sure the records were sealed – while telling other parents of vaccine-injured children that links to autism were debunked conspiracy theories.”
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