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Resource ID: #17552
Subject: Diseases
Source: CBS News
Date: Oct. 1, 2000



"A six-month investigation by 60 Minutes determined that the smallpox virus, which caused devastating epidemics throughout history and was finally eradicated after a massive worldwide campaign, has returned as a threat. The Soviet Union turned smallpox into a weapon, and after the collapse of the USSR, the 20-ton stock of the virus was no longer secure. We determined, based on confidential intelligence sources, that Iraq has acquired some of that stock by purchasing or getting it from a rogue Russian scientist."

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