The CIA ended “the use of vaccine programs in its spying operations” as concerns “for the safety health workers” took center stage.
According to BBC News, “the CIA used a fake vaccine program to try to find Osama bin Laden before U.S. special forces killed him 2011.” This led to “a wave of deadly attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan.”
The White House indicates “the CIA stopped such practices in August.”
CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said: “By publicizing [the end of this practice], our goal is dispel on canard that militant groups have used as justification for cowardly attacks against vaccination workers.”
Over “60 polio workers and security personnel were killed between December 2012 and April 2014.”
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