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US Army withheld promise from Germany that Ebola virus wouldn't be weaponized Tags: Army Health Medicine USA WikiLeaks

US Army withheld promise from Germany that Ebola virus wouldn't be weaponized

RT October 20, 2014 short URL

Bystanders read headlines saying "Ebola 1: USA 0" at the Daily Talk, a street side chalkboard newspaper, in Monrovia (Reuters / James Giahyue)

The United States has withheld assurances from Germany that the Ebola virus - among other related diseases - would not be weaponized in the event of Germany exporting it to the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.

German MFA Deputy Head of Division for Export Control Markus Klinger provided a paper to the US consulate's Economics Office (Econoff), "seeking additional assurances related to a proposed export of extremely dangerous pathogens."

Germany subsequently made two follow-up requests and clarifications to the Army, according to the unclassified Wikileaks cable.

"This matter concerns the complete genome of viruses such as the Zaire Ebola virus, the Lake Victoria Marburg virus, the Machupo virus and the Lassa virus, which are absolutely among the most dangerous pathogens in the world," the request notes.

The Zaire Ebola virus was the same strain of Ebola virus which has been rampaging through West Africa in recent months.

"The delivery would place the recipient in the position of being able to create replicating recombinant infectious species of these viruses," the cable notes.

However, it also points out that Germany has in place an "exceptionally restrictive policy," adding that approval would not be granted to the export until US assurance was provided.

"A decision about the export has not yet been made. Given the foregoing, we would appreciate confirmation that the end use certificate really is from the Department of the Army and of the accuracy of the data contained therein," the document stated.

There is no follow-up document available to confirm whether the US Army eventually provided Germany with the necessary guarantees.

Bioweapons were outlawed in the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972 and was signed and ratified by 179 signatories, including Germany, the US and Russia.

It dictates that signatories, "under all circumstances the use of bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons is effectively prohibited by the Convention" and "the determination of States parties to condemn any use of biological agents or toxins other than for peaceful purposes, by anyone at any time."

 

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Ukraine Used Cluster Munitions in Populated Areas of Donetsk: HRW

Ukraine Used Cluster Munitions in Populated Areas of Donetsk: HRW

Overnight shelling in southeastern Ukraine killed 7 civilians and wounded at least 30 people, the headquarters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said Tuesday.

MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) -Ukrainian forces used cluster munitions in populated areas of Donetsk in October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in an official release.

"During a week-long investigation in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch documented widespread use of cluster munitions in fighting," the Monday release said.

"It is shocking to see a weapon that most countries have banned used so extensively in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities should make an immediate commitment not to use cluster munitions and join the treaty to ban them,” senior arms researcher at Human Rights Watch Mark Hiznay was quoted as saying.

HRW also said "an employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed on October 2 in an attack on Donetsk that included use of cluster munition rockets."

Cluster munitions contain dozens or hundreds of submunitions. After launch of such a rocket or a bomb a container opens up and disperses submunitions, making them spread over a wide area and endangering anyone in the area of attack. So far, 114 countries have joined the treaty, bannig cluster munitions. Ukraine has not joined it.

The military confrontation in the east of Ukraine started in mid-April when the Kiev authorities sent troops to suppress the independence supporters in the eastern regions of the country. On October 19, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) would never become part of a united Ukraine.

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