According to a report out of Tbilisi, American diplomats have been hauling human blood and pathogens under diplomatic seal to the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where they are being used for a secret military program.
According to a report published by investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, Pentagon scientists have been ferried around the world, shielded with diplomatic immunity, as they research deadly viruses, bacteria, and toxins at U.S. military “offshore biolaboratories.” Among the agents handled by these scientists:
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The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi has been responsible for transporting frozen human blood carrying these pathogens as “diplomatic cargo” as part of the $2.1 billion top-secret program.
The report notes:
“Internal documents, implicating US diplomats in the transportation of and experimenting on pathogens under diplomatic cover were leaked to me by Georgian insiders. According to these documents, Pentagon scientists have been deployed to the Republic of Georgia and have been given diplomatic immunity to research deadly diseases and biting insects at the Lugar Center – the Pentagon biolaboratory in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.
“This military facility is just one of the many Pentagon biolaboratories in 25 countries across the world. They are funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency under a $ 2.1 billion military program – Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, and are located in former Soviet Union countries such as Georgia and Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.”
Gaytandzhieva notes that as she attempted to get to the bottom of what was happening at the Lugar Center for Public Health Research—named for former Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.)—she was harassed by security guards, even though she was in a residential neighborhood. The air around the facility is thick with the smell of chemicals, and local residents complain of “constant headaches, nausea, high blood pressure, and dizziness.”
The report also notes a “cluster” of residents living in close proximity to the facility who all have thyroid disease. And, there have been numerous reports of deaths related to workers at the facility.
Gaytandzhieva’s report also notes that the scientists working at the Lugar Center are shielded from prosecution by diplomatic immunity. At least six vehicles parked at the facility on any given day will have license plates with registrations linked to the U.S. Embassy.
This would seemingly be in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The report also notes that Georgia shares a border with the chief American rival—Russia.
Gaytandzhieva’s report has prompted calls from Russia and a number of nations for President Donald Trump to investigate what is really going on at the facility. Former State Security Minister Igor Giorgadze is among those asking, and has suggested the Lugar Center is engaged in illegal human experimentation:
“A whole range of experiments involving my fellow Georgians had lethal outcomes,” Giorgadze said, adding that he did not have access to information about the alleged victims’ names—only case numbers with dates of birth and sex.”
In three different months spanning from December of 2015 to August of 2016, Giorgadze said a total of 67 people died as a result of the facility. The causes of their deaths were all listed as “unknown” and no formal investigation was carried out on any of them.
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