craThe largest newspaper in Monrovia, Liberia, has published an outrageous conspiracy theory column arguing that the United States is directly responsible for scientifically engineering the Ebola virus in a bioterrorism lab and injecting Africans with it through the guise of vaccinations. The wildly accusatory article, by Dr. Cyril Broderick, a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry, claims the Ebola virus–and HIV–are products of the Cold War. Titled “Ebola, AIDS Manufactured By Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?” Broderick’s article claims–using evidence such as the science fiction novel The Hot Zone–that the Department of Defense unwittingly used Africans to test experimental bioweapons by pretending they were vaccinating them against disease. “Reports,” he argues, without actually citing any reports, “narrate stories of the US Department of Defense (DoD) funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone.” Full Story