|Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) |
budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green). (Photo from
British military experts were asked to draw up guidance at the height of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa late last year on the feasibility and potential impact of terrorists “weaponising” the virus.
RELATED STORY: Weaponized Ebola Was Manufactured By South Africa's White Supremacists (With the Help of the US From 1980's - 1994 — No Evidence It Was DestroyedThe Ministry of Defence has released a heavily redacted report, prepared in October, that identified three scenarios involving the exploitation of Ebola for bioterrorism.
Ebola Within A Bioterrorism Context - UK Ministry of Defense
Details of the first scenario are entirely blacked out, as are most of those of the second, which is described as “logistically and technically challenging for a non-state group to undertake”.
It adds: “Clearly there are practical issues involved with such a scenario that of themselves are often not insurmountable but taken together add to the complexity of successfully undertaking this attack.”
The third scenario – details of which were also heavily redacted – was described as the “most technically challenging”.
Jennifer Cole, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, said she wasn’t surprised the report had been drawn up. “The US and UK military have been carrying out research for some time into infectious diseases,” she said. “The fact that vaccines are so far along in development is because of concerns that the US has had about the virus being weaponized.”