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US will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spy operations, White House says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3494 (Published 23 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3494
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will no longer use vaccination programs as a cover for its spy operations, a White House official has told US public health school deans, who nearly a year ago wrote to President Barack Obama protesting against the practice.

In the best known instance of such operations CIA agents employed a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, to pose as …

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