The scientist who blew the lid on the CDC’s cover-up of the connection between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism may be changing his story. Did someone get to him?
In 2014, Dr. William Thompson, a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contacted Dr. Brian Hooker of Focus for Health. In these recorded phone conversations and through statements from his lawyer, Dr. Thompson described how senior scientists at the CDC had worked together to conceal a link between the MMR vaccine and a dramatically increased rate of autism in young African-American boys.
In these conversations, as we reported two years ago, Thompson expressed deep regret about his role in helping the CDC hide data: “It’s the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper [showing no heightened risk of autism with the MMR vaccine].”
Sources now indicate that Dr. Thompson is set to release a paper in May 2016 in which he will assert that there is no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism, arguing instead that socio-economic factors in the African American community explain the data the CDC originally covered up.
It is impossible to respond to this assertion in full since the paper is not yet available for review, and the idea of socio-economic factors is too vague to be proven one way or another, but these new developments raise many questions.
No matter what Dr. Thompson’s new paper claims, it doesn’t change the basic fact that the infant African American males were injured sometime after the vaccine was administered and that the CDC deliberately withheld data from the public, which irreparably damages the agency’s credibility on this issue of vaccine safety. Given the renewed spotlight on the issue of vaccination following the Vaxxed film controversy, it would not be surprising that the CDC would once again try to reshuffle the facts—and cover up the cover-up.
One possible explanation is that the CDC, or some other arm of the Health and Human Services Department, somehow got to Dr. Thompson and convinced him to recant his previous allegations. Dr. Thompson revealed that, when he attempted to leave the CDC, he was offered a $24,000 retention bonus—money he interpreted as the agency’s attempt to “buy his silence.” Perhaps the CDC upped the ante, or found another incentive.
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