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Leaks Produce a Torrent of Denials

Science  15 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5597, pp. 1313-1315
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5597.1313b

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France? That's how many researchers and policy-makers reacted when they read a page one Washington Post story on 5 November that listed France, along with Russia, North Korea, and Iraq, as countries that U.S. intelligence sources believe hold clandestine stocks of smallpox virus. French officials issued a statement that categorically denied the assertion "in the strongest terms."