US vows not to use vaccine programs for covert ops

The U.S. promised that the CIA will not used such programs to carry out covert operations abroad.

US vows not to use vaccine programs for covert ops

World Bulletin / News Desk

The White House promised on Monday that the CIA will not use immunization programs for its operations following a complaint that the spy agency used such a campaign in its hunt for Osama bin Laden.

The deans of 12 public health schools had complained about a reported vaccination program conducted by a Pakistani doctor, who used a hepatitis immunization survey in the Pakistani city where bin Laden was later killed in a secret U.S. mission.

The CIA orchestrated the survey to try to obtain fluid containing DNA from relatives living near the bin Laden residence, the Washington Post reported. It said the effort failed and the surgeon, Shakil Afridi, was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said Obama homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco had assured the deans in a letter that CIA policy as of August 2013 makes clear "the CIA will make no operational use of vaccination programs, which includes vaccination workers."

"Similarly, the agency will not seek to obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs. This policy applies worldwide, and to U.S. persons and non-U.S. persons alike," she said. 

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Tony - 7 yıl Önce

The Whole World knows that the Yanks can not be trusted.Their word means nothing.Their WMD Lie and Murder of 500,000 Iraqi Children, Women and Men is Atypical American.And using Australian ASIO to assist the CIA in the overthrow the Chilean Government, with out the knowledge of the OZ Government, indicates the depth of Deceit that the USA is willing to perpetrate against it's own Allies.Trust the USA - NEVER - I would rather trust a Rabid Dog to not bite me.