The CDC Whistleblower’s Coerced Apology To Andrew Wakefield

By Jake Crosby

Above is a purported text message exchange between CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson and de-licensed British doctor Andrew Wakefield. The conversation allegedly took place on the day Thompson released a public statement confirming his allegations that CDC committed research misconduct in omitting associations of autism with early measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination. Also confirmed by Dr. Thompson’s press release was that Wakefield outed him without permission to do so, as first reported on Autism Investigated.

This supposed exchange between Thompson and Wakefield, along with another between Thompson and Wakefield’s wife, are often cited to wrongly deny Wakefield betrayed Thompson by outing him. Never considered is the circumstances under which Thompson presumably apologized to Wakefield, where Thompson likely felt heavily coerced into doing so.

By the time he supposedly issued that apology, Thompson learned the hard way that any information he disclosed which was subsequently shared with Wakefield could be publicly released by him anytime at will. Such information includes phone conversations Dr. Thompson had with autism parent and scientist Dr. Brian Hooker, who tape-recorded Thompson without his knowledge. Snippets of those recordings have been released in videos posted online by Wakefield’s Autism Media Channel which was how Thompson was outed in the first place.

Wakefield clearly has no shame in what he did, having previously lied to Autism Investigated that he had obtained permission to release Dr. Thompson’s identity when he had not prior to Thompson’s press release. This lack of permission from Thompson to out him would later be deemed “irrelevant” by Wakefield in an email response to journalist Celia Farber. She had been covering the whistleblower story for The Epoch Times and posted what were purported to be Wakefield’s and his wife’s text message exchanges with Thompson on her personal blog that included what is perhaps his coerced apology to Wakefield.

Apparently agreeing with what Wakefield wrote her, Farber issued the below challenge to Autism Investigated:

“In terms of timeline, Dr. Thompson was kindly inclined toward Dr. Wakefield on Aug 20, 2014 [Note: date is wrong, it was Aug 27, 2014], AFTER the events you describe as treacherous to Dr. Thompson. This is detailed in published texts between the two of them, as well as dr. Wakefield’s wife Carmel. Please square this with your thesis. I am curious. Confused.”

With Thompson now outed to the very people at CDC whom he is blowing the whistle on, among the last things he would want is yet more information he shared to be publicly released by Wakefield prematurely. That would surely be one of the last things Thompson’s lawyers would want as well.

No wonder he may want to make nice with Wakefield. Not doing so could jeopardize Thompson’s position as a whistleblower all the more.

Addendum: See on The Epoch Times.

Correction: Dr. Thompson has never confirmed the alleged text message exchanges between him and the Wakefields. This article has since been altered slightly to reflect that fact.

Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated and a blogger at The Epoch Times. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. He currently attends the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is studying for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.

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55 Thoughts on “The CDC Whistleblower’s Coerced Apology To Andrew Wakefield

  1. White Rose on December 9, 2014 at 11:21 am said:

    Jake – William Thompson has revealed the CDC’s outrageous criminality .
    The CDC is responsible for the Autism of millions of children worldwide . Perhaps 50M+
    That doesnt take into consideration all the miscarriages , all the other maimings , cancers , diabetes etc .

    The BBC has a 100% news blackout of the story . William Thompson’s name is nowhere on the BBCs website.
    At the very same this story broke the CDC staged an Ebola Hoax – no doubt as a media smokescreen ,

    Jake , the depths of this story knows no bounds . Please explain the purpose of this article .

    • To explain Thompson’s apology to Wakefield.

      • chemfreemom on July 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm said:

        Am I missing something? Why do you think this apology is coerced? It sounds heartfelt and sincere to me, I didn’t see anything Wakefield said as coercing Thompson to apologize. And, think about it, next to the many families of vaccine-injured kids, who would deserve an apology for Thompson’s fraud more than Wakefield, whose reputation was totally destroyed based in part on fraudulent studies like his. (And, whose reputation obviously STILL is being destroyed by the very people he fought so hard to protect)

  2. I don’t see any reason to believe that this is an actual text message exchange that took place between the parties it is purported to.
    It is too easy to fake a screenshot, and does not seem to be any corroboration for it.
    Have you or anyone contacted William Thompson to confirm this?

    • And Thompson’s motive to appease Wakefield wouldn’t be reason enough?

      I don’t know how faking a screenshot would work, but Thompson has just as much reason to not corroborate this exchange with a third party as he does to appease Wakefield. Despite having good reason to make nice to him personally, Thompson would likely not want to corroborate the text message exchange because it could send out the wrong message that his outing was okay. That is exactly what people have already been citing the text exchange to argue. So I’m not going to waste any time contacting Thompson or his attorney to get them to do what is probably the last thing we can expect from them at this point.

      But by all means, continue wasting your time wondering whether or not the text message exchange is real. I’d be very surprised if it isn’t.

      • “I don’t know how faking a screenshot would work”

        Seriously?
        I asked my 9 year old nephew and here is what he told me:
        “Sure, all you need are two phones. Put the phone number of one phone in the contact list of the other one with whatever name you want it to have (William in this case). Then just send text messages back and forth until it says what you want. Save the screenshot and tell people it is from whoever you want.”

        This picture, all by itself, would never pass for evidence in the most lenient forum.

        • It doesn’t matter how easy it is, Thompson wanting to make nice with Wakefield is all the reason you need to believe it’s legit.

          • Anonymous on December 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm said:

            How is a motive a good enough reason to accuse him? If someone cuts me off in traffic then dies do you have sufficient evidence to accuse me of murder?

            • I’m not accusing him of anything, I’m saying his apology to Wakefield was under coercion. Your analogy is nonsense.

              • The only problem with the analogy is that you do not have any evidence of Thompson wanting to “make nice” with Wakefield.
                So it should read:
                Someone cuts someone else of in traffic, then later is rumored to be dead. I own a car, therefore it is possible that I was the one cut off in traffic. So just because it is theoretically possible I could have a motive to want that person dead, ergo I must have killed him.
                There is no investigation to determine that the person actually died. The police do not even talk to me or make any determination as to whether I even drove my car that day, let alone on the road where the “incident” occurred. The only fact in evidence is that witnesses say that one car cut another one off in traffic that day.

  3. White Rose on December 10, 2014 at 10:54 am said:

    @argus
    Well if there is anyone who knows about faking & subterfuge , its the CDC .
    So why dont you ask Collen Boyle about faking screenshots . she has been faking vaccine safety , & agent Orange safety for quarter of a century at least .

    Or you can try Gerberding , Marshalyn , De Stafano , all masters of deception and the dark arts (ie vaccines).

  4. White Rose on December 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm said:

    Unicef & the WHO (World Hoax Orchestra) are a joke factory (in their own words) :

    http://www.unicef.org/rosa/Immunisation_report_17May_05(final_editing_text).pdf

    • Love reading your responses White Rose, the usual trolls here are no match whatsoever. Keep up the great work.

      Just wanted to let you know that I tried the link you provided, and got a “page not found” message.

      • Just wanted to let you know that I tried the link you provided, and got a “page not found” message.

        Perhaps if you’d looked more closely, you’d have realized that that’s because the “.pdf” wasn’t autolinked. Then again, White Rose didn’t figure this out, either, simply doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

  5. Ooh – kay.
    And the actual evidence (besides your speculations) that Thompson wanted to “make nice” with Wakefield is exactly what?

    • I just explained it to you.

      • Apparently this is an evidence-free zone.
        I keep asking for facts to confirm your conjectures and you keep answering by describing “why” you think something is true.
        So for you, the only reality that exists is whatever you choose to believe.

        • You can accept what I’ve already told you as evidence or not, it is really not my problem.

          I find it highly unlikely the texts are fake especially since Thompson had four months to say so if they are; it took him four days to confirm Wakefield lied when he said he had permission from Thompson to release his identity when no such permission was granted. And of course, there is no evidence to suggest the texts are fake. It is you who is the evidence-free one in this zone.

  6. White Rose on December 11, 2014 at 9:18 am said:

    Barry I have a hard copy (in case they have taken it down) . But it still works for me , perhaps try in Chrome if you can
    http://www.unicef.org/rosa/Immunisation_report_17May_05(final_editing_text).pdf

    Its a laugh a minute . Unicef’s own 40 page document of (reading between the lines) how to continue the vaccine lie (no matter how many parents see it) . The use of media , and how to partner with them (bribe) .

    they talk about AEFI (adverse effects following immunisation) , they say over and over how extremely rare it is , and despite this declaration spend the next 40 pages talking about how to manage the angry parents .
    They show their technique for using high profile trusted people to get their message across .
    the never stop talking about partnering with people (bribing) .

    And they say outright for all to see the TV & media is a big part of the LIE .
    Its all there for anyone to see written in 2005 .

  7. Speaking of Wakefield, at this point it is impossible for me to come to any conclusion but that he has aborted his appeal of the BMJ et al. appellate decision (very likely because he could not find SCOTX-experienced counsel willing to take it, given the wording of the motion for extension of time).

    The deadline was December 3, and nothing has been posted. The Clerk can be a bit slow to put documents up, but not 12 days’ slow. One might wonder why no statement has been forthcoming.

  8. Jake,

    As the Editor of a website that calls itself Autism ” Investigated” , any chance you can explain why you’re focussing so much on stuff like this

    “… Also confirmed by Dr. Thompson’s press release was that Wakefield outed him without permission to do so, as first reported on Autism Investigated….”

    And so little time focussing on stuff like… this:

    “…. Thompson released a public statement confirming his allegations that CDC committed research misconduct in omitting associations of autism with early measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination..”

    • Because if Dr. Thompson is going to be successful exposing the latter, people need to know the former.

      • I’m not sure what that even means Jake.

        All I know is it’s been almost 10 years now since my son was inured by vaccines that included the MMR. An Thompson was one of the scientists who KNEW that I was taking him by the hand to his own demise, and yet decided to keep that information from me.

        As far as I can tell, nothing whatsoever has come from Thompson’s supposed “Courageous” act of coming forward to tell the truth. Excluding of course, the creation of yet another weak reason to bash Dr. Andy Wakefield.

        Vaccine injury Jake. That’s what autism is really about. And how thats been allowed to happen, is what really needs investigating.

        • Maybe something would have if Wakefield had not outed Thompson.

          • Like what?

          • And maybe it would have never come to light otherwise. Why keep bothering with hypotheticals and old news? Everyone else has moved on and everyone else is grateful that the truth came out. Would you have rather it stayed buried for a longer amount of time?

            There is so much going on in the vaccine injured arena that you could be blogging about. (Did you know that social security disabiliity insurance is expected to run out in 2016? Did you know that, after spending more than $1 billion dollars, the national child study was shelved?)

            After all that AW has endured because of the fraud, I don’t fault him. He has just as much right as the vaccine injured victims and their families to shout it from the rooftops, in my opinion. And Dr. Thompson did tell him to do what he thought was best with the information.

            Please move on. Dr. Thompson has a whistleblower attorney.

        • justthestats on December 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm said:

          If memory serves me correctly, you called what Thompson knew idiotic. Have you forgotten that even interpreting the data he had in the most damaging light possible there was no evidence that MMR would be a problem for your child, since your child was by your own admission not a black child who received his first MMR from 24-36 months?

          I’m sorry to hear your child has died. That must be devastating to you, and my sympathies go out to you. But since autism doesn’t lead to a shorter lifespan, even if Thompson mistakenly thought your son was black and getting his first MMR between 24 and 36 months, and he somehow decided that the data I’ve linked to was ironclad proof that MMR causes autism (which is pretty sketchy since the data doesn’t even record whether the MMR was given before the first symptoms were noticed, in addition to the other reasons I’ve mentioned in that thread), he still wouldn’t have had any reason to believe that MMR would lead to your son’s death.

          I know I’m asking something personal, so I understand if you’re reluctant to comment on it, but would you mind sharing why you think that autism lead to your son’s death?

          • How about you sharing where I said that my child had died.

            • justthestats on December 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm said:

              Here you said:

              An Thompson was one of the scientists who KNEW that I was taking him by the hand to his own demise, and yet decided to keep that information from me.

              • Jesus man, I was referring to the demise of his health. You know… the vibrant healthy child that he WAS, before MMR took it all away!!

                I never imagined that anyone would actually need that explained to them.

                • So Hooker’s analysis (if you accept it as valid) showed African American boys who were given their first MMR vaccine between 24 and 31 months had a higher association with autism, but for all other subgroups there was no association demonstrated.
                  I’m curious as to what it is you say that Thomson knew – that subsequently led to your son’s demise – in health or otherwise.

                • thixotropic on March 18, 2015 at 4:16 am said:

                  You said LEADING HIM TO HIS DEMISE. As you did not =specify= that you meant the demise of his health, yes. You do “have to explain” these things. I doubt there are many on the planet that know the word who wouldn’t immediately — and rightfully, according to both definition and customary use — assume you meant his death.

                • chemfreemom on July 3, 2015 at 1:52 pm said:

                  I didn’t it necessarily meant your child died.

  9. White Rose on December 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm said:

    Go to this address now :

    http://www.vaccineconfidence.org/

    Calling all parents of the vaccine damaged , please take the vaccine confidence survey .
    And if you have an unvaccinated brain like me , you’ll let them have it with both barrels right between the cursor .

  10. White Rose on December 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm said:

    Jake , I agree with Barry by the way about this article – its off the point – Thompson is momentous.
    I want the old Jake back , the one who had Offit crying like baby for help from security .

    It wont surprise anyone to hear – I’m banned from AoA again , my fault this time . Didnt read the article carefully enough .
    However I have a point , why are we showing any of these people any respect , Offit, Insel etc
    And these stupid talking shops that achieve nothing eg IACC .
    I’m sure much more can be achieved by protesting – by walking out of these committee events .

    There is no co-ordination, cooperation or cohesion to our protests .
    We dont need to have great numbers to start making an impression , but what we do need is real determination .

  11. White Rose on December 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm said:

    Msg to all @ AoA .
    Stop with all the never ending preamble .
    This is not an English Literature lesson (stop all this Shakespeare nonsense ! )
    the only useful thing on your website today is where someone put this link up to this brilliant website :

    http://unhoodwinked.com/

    I want you to promise me , that my ban is permanent this time ! Its a badge of honour to me .
    I’m really trying to do smthg real about this Hg-olocaust & Hg-enocide .
    Meanwhile you have supporters & commenters declaring unchallenged how they are going to get the flu vaccine because the cdc says its really important for senior citizens !

    And I dont care who said it , there is nothing good to be said about Paul Offit in either this century or the last one . And AoA has a duty to the damaged children to mean business (and you dont.)

  12. White Rose on December 18, 2014 at 11:20 am said:

    Barry , (I also have a child cdc-maimed within that timeframe)

    its my understanding however that Thompson had refused to play ball from the outset , and had been “press ganged” by the other guilty parties into going along with the fraud but had never been comfortable about it. WT has a conscience . Unlike the cdc which cons science .
    Try putting yourself in his position . He knows the cdc recommendation for pregnant women to take the flu jab is Hg-enocide – he has stated as much . This project was going to happen regardless of William Thompson and I’m grateful he has spoken out now – we need others to refuse to comply – more whistleblowers .

    Lets mention those criminals again for the record

    number1 has got to be Julie Gerberding (Merck’s chief of vaccines division)
    Colleen Boyle
    Marshalyn Allsopp
    Frank DeStanfano
    & the rest of you .

    These butchers all know exactly what they have done . And its ongoing .

  13. White Rose on December 19, 2014 at 11:22 am said:

    19 December 2014
    Kenya security law:
    President Uhuru Kenyatta signs bill Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial security bill which saw MPs trade blows in parliament.
    It was passed on Thursday during a chaotic parliamentary session, with opposition MPs warning that Kenya was becoming a “police state”.
    The government has said it needs more powers to fight militant Islamists threatening Kenya’s security.
    Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has stepped up attacks in Kenya.
    The new anti-terror legislation requires journalists to obtain police permission before investigating or publishing stories on domestic terrorism and security issues.
    The police will now approve publication or broadcasting of information relating to investigations on terrorism.
    “We must all remember that we are still at war and still vulnerable to terror attacks,” Mr Kenyatta said, defending the law.
    He denied that it infringed on civil liberties.
    The BBC’s Dennis Okari in the capital, Nairobi, says the security bill has gone through various amendments.
    The provision giving the security and intelligence agencies power to intercept phone conversations without a court order was dropped, he says.
    Suspects in police custody will only be held for 24 hours and not 360 days as suggested in the original bill, unless a court order is issued.

    They can sterilise the populace now – & we’ll never hear of any objections or dissent .

  14. WR, they shouldn’t allow people to post directly to you, calling you out by name, if they aren’t going to allow you to reply. But that is one example of how they operate. Twyla can’t answer questions about the SM gang (because the truth is not pretty), so she deflects and uses ad hominem responses. Much like Wolf Blitzer did in this interview. http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/03/politics/carson-stands-by-nazi-germany-comparsion/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter I know nothing about Ben Carson but Blitzer’s attempts at deflection made him (WB) look like an idiot.

  15. All – comments under The Epoch Times version of this post have been closed due to ongoing abusive and harassing comments from certain trolls. Sorry to anyone who has been following the rules and lost comments in the process. From now on, please comment on articles here at AI and not through The Epoch Times website. Comments will be closed on all future Epoch Times posts.

    Thank you.

  16. Sorry to anyone who has been following the rules and lost comments in the process.

    Is there some reason that you removed the widget entirely rather than just closing the comments in the normal fashion? They’re still there, if you want to switch it back.

  17. White Rose on December 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm said:

    Herod – have you been naughty ?

    Apart from sponsoring the maiming of millions of babies , I mean .

    • Assuming that this is a typical attempt at insult by addressing me with a brain-dead mangling of my name, would you care to rephrase that with some coherent content?

  18. White Rose on December 30, 2014 at 10:12 am said:

    Herod – how does a person like you , get assigned this job ? Are you cdc-US Navy ?
    Who is your manager ? GorskiOrac ? what is the do$h like ?
    Do you enjoy dealing with us “crackpots” , and if we are just “crackpots” , why do they have to assign a paid opposition to oppose our eye witness testimony (that vaccines are the cause of the autism holocaust) ?

    Great victory for you guys in California by the way , a 0.2% rise in nursery vaccine acceptance this year .
    The back of vaccine opponents is broken ! well done , But I bet the cdc fiddled those figures (like they fiddled the spike in afro american autism away ) !

    All the pro-vaccine movement has got to allow the continuance of this Hg-enocide , is the ever greater and stronger strangulation of the freedom of the masses (and the further maniuplation of full media control , state censorship . nazi style , eg Kenya)

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