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Oh but you're not blowing away that something like that was mentioned in a confidential cable?
If it was something that happens all the time, they wouldn't mention it!
The delivery would place the recipient in the position of being able to create replicating recombinant infectious species of these viruses.
given the sensitivity of the items in question, Germany would deny the export to a distributor and would only issue export permits to individual end-users on a case-by-case basis
A German firm has applied for the approval of the export of 184 genetic elements with nucleic acid sequences of viruses for the production of recombinant viruses. The viruses will be used in optical imaging to identify host factors required for viral replication. The recipient in the USA is, according to the enclosed end use certificate, the Department of the Army "US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)" Fort Detrick, Maryland. Specifications in English about the goods, the recipient and end use can be seen from the end use certificate. The goods are controlled by the Australia Group and are subject to compulsory export approval (List position C1C353A). 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 delivery would place the recipient in the position of being able to create replicating recombinant infectious species of these viruses.
Why should they??? This is a confidential cable not your grocery list!
And if it would be that normal, Germany wouldn't have raised their concern about the inquiry!
German MFA Deputy Head of Division for Export Control Markus Klinger provided the following non-paper to Econoff, seeking additional assurances related to a proposed export of extremely dangerous pathogens to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.
The Army's end use certificate provided to Germany is lacking an official seal. Klinger's deputy, Nancy Reck, noted that Germany had made two follow-up requests to the Army seeking assurances and clarifications related to this proposed export. The GOG seeks assurances from the USG or US Army that the end use certificate and the information contained therein are legitimate and accurate.
Against the background of our partnership in the area of non-proliferation and our excellent cooperation in the matters of export controls, we would like to bring the following issue to the attention of your government.
Because of the particular criticality of these goods, the German federal government practices an exceptionally restrictive approval policy for such exports.
The enclosed end use certificate is on the letterhead of the U.S. Army. The required official seal is missing, however. 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.
We look forward to the continuation of our excellent cooperation in matters of non-proliferation and export controls.
They aren't scare of what americans are going to do with it, they are not even scared about americans asking for it. They were reluctant to hand it over without checking for the official mark (whatever it is) first.
An approval here can only be issued if an improper end use in association
with the development or production of biologic weapons
approaches can be foreclosed with a probability approaching
The enclosed end use certificate is on the letterhead of the
U.S. Army. The required official seal is missing, however.
A decision about the export has not yet been made.
they don't have any authority over the U.S. Army or any other agency to say to them "you can't have this"
That's very good in a Bond movie, but this is not how things work in the real world.
originally posted by: soficrow
a reply to: Hellas
One big difference being that Big Pharma does it all the time but scientists working Open Access do not. ....Are you trying to protect Big Pharma's turf, or just doing it heedlessly?