CDC whistleblower: “Oh My God…what we did.”
The devastating and explosive complaint concerns scientific misconduct in a now-infamous 2004 CDC study, which gave the MMR vaccine a free pass and concluded the vaccine had no connection to autism.
CDC whistleblower William Thompson was a co-author on that study, and on August 27 he admitted he and his co-authors committed fraud and covered up the vaccine-autism connection.
The full 34-page complaint can also be accessed via Age of Autism:
The complaint references a 5/24/14 phone call between whistleblower Thompson and Brian Hooker. The call was recorded.
Thompson references one aspect of the fraud, a group of children with “isolated autism,” who were at higher risk of developing autism after receiving the MMR vaccine — the true data on these children were intentionally omitted from the study. Thompson says to Hooker:
“…the effect [autism] is where you would think it would happen. It is with the kids without other conditions [“isolated autism”]…I’m just looking at this and I’m like ‘Oh my God….I cannot believe we did what we did…but we did [bury the data on these children]…It’s all there…It’s all there. I have handwritten notes.’”
Concerning the overall fraud he committed in the 2004 study, Thompson states, in another phone conversation with Brian Hooker, “I have a boss who’s asking me to lie…Higher ups wanted to do certain things and I went along with it. In terms of command, I was 4 out of 5.”
Thompson named several of those higher ups. They were his co-authors on the 2004 study: Coleen Boyle, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop, and Frank Destefano.
In other words, those co-authors were among those who wanted Thompson to commit fraud.
This is highly significant, because Destefano and Boyle are not merely researchers. They are also high-ranking executives at the CDC, in the area of vaccines — director of the Immunization Safety Office (Destefano) and director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Boyle).
As the complaint states, Thompson wrote a note to the head of the CDC at the time (2004), Julie Gerberding. He was very nervous about a presentation he was due to make at a large Institute of Medicine vaccine-autism meeting.
Thompson wrote: “I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between receipt of the MMR vaccine and autism.”
Thompson was considering blowing the whistle, in public. Gerberding never answered his note. Thompson did not make his presentation.
But we know this. After Gerberding stepped down as head of the CDC in 2009, she went to work for Merck, assuming the position of president of Merck Vaccines.
Merck manufactures the MMR vaccine.
That was, of course, the vaccine at the center of the whole 2004 fraud at the CDC, the vaccine whose connection to autism was buried.