The Ebola outbreak in West Africa might be a resurfacing of Zaire’s Ebola infection spread, where the US Central Intelligence Agency was suspected to be involved with, an American investigative journalist says.
“When you look at the original outbreak of the Ebola in 1976 in Zaire,” Wayne Madsen told Press TV.
“We see a year when the US was violating a Senate law that forbid the US from engaging in the Angolan Civil War and we saw Zaire being used as a bait for the CIA and then we saw the outbreak of Ebola in Zaire. The same year that George H. W. Bush was the director of the CIA.”
“In 1980 we saw the outbreak of HIV in Zaire and Angola where the CIA was operating,” he said on Monday.
“I think what we need to see is an investigation of how intense the CIA biological warfare program was in Zaire and Angola between 1976 and 1980, and what has hit in Sierra Leon and other countries is the Zaire strain of Ebola,” he said.
“This may be another case of blowback to the CIA … to create pathogens for warfare purposes,” Madsen continued.
US President Barack Obama on Saturday said that there would not be any travel bans on passengers coming from West Africa saying restrictions would exacerbate the situation.
“We can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa,” Obama said during his weekly address. “Trying to seal off an entire region of the world – if that were even possible – could actually make the situation worse,” he added.
At the moment, there are over 500 active-duty troops in Liberia and Senegal on the mission. The Pentagon says it is planning a 3,600-strong force to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
“It’s very peculiar that the US is sending the military in when obviously health workers, doctors, and other health care professionals are needed,” Madsen said.