to Peter Duesberg Regarding Bribery
Joel A. Schwartz
3463 State Street, #135
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Dr. Peter H. Duesberg
University of California Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology
229 Stanley Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
July 1, 1996
Dear Dr. Duesberg,
over the cause of AIDS has, of course, many far-reaching consequences.
It throws into question the entire course of federal spending and
policy in the War on AIDS, including the current treatments for
new and larger issue is beginning to emerge from this controversy.
A growing body
of evidence indicates that governmental agencies, acting directly
or through the Public Health lobby, have been attempting to hide
the AIDS controversy from public knowledge. According to this evidence,
various Public Health officials have used influence, bribery, and
intimidation to silence dissent among scientists, in the communications
media, and in other public forums.
As the scandal
of a government cover-up becomes public knowledge, taxpayers and
voters are demanding a full accounting of the secret measures being
used to silence dissent. I am writing on behalf of this growing
It has come
to our attention that you have been one of the targets of this cover-up.
Specifically, you have publicly admitted that officials of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) have offered you compensation for recanting
your position on AIDS. But you have so far refused to identify these
officials or the exact terms of the offers. As an establishment
scientist who has received government funding, you owe the American
public a full disclosure of the facts.
For the record,
I now call on you to provide the answers to the following questions:
1) On November
9, 1995, you gave sworn testimony that an official of the NIH visited
you in late 1994 and made you an offer in exchange for your agreement
to recant your views on AIDS. You confirmed the existence of this
meeting in the book "Inventing the AIDS Virus", released
this year, which lists you as the sole author. What was the exact
date and place of that meeting?
2) What is
the name of the NIH official with whom you met?
3) Who else
was present at that meeting?
4) In your
testimony, you stated that this NIH official handed you a letter
declaring that HIV causes AIDS. On this letter were three names:
yours, and two others - one of whom you refer to as an "old
friend." What were the names of these other signers, and which
one did you refer to as an "old friend"?
5) Who authorized
these NIH officials to make you this offer? Who else, in the government
or elsewhere, was aware of this offer?
6) You have
stated that, had you accepted the offer in full, the letter was
to be published in Nature magazine. You have also mentioned Nature
editor John Maddox as having been involved. Did John Maddox know
about the offer, and the meeting, before they took place? Did Maddox
agree to use his magazine as a forum to publish the letter? Which
NIH officials were in contact with Maddox regarding this offer?
Have you communicated with Maddox regarding this letter? If so,
what did you and Maddox say?
7) Who actually
wrote the letter? Please provide a copy of the complete letter.
8) What, precisely,
were you offered in return for signing the letter?
how long did you take to think over the offer?
10) What factor(s)
did you consider while making a decision on the offer?
11) What was
your final answer to the offer? Did you accept any part of their
offer? Did you make any counter-offers?
12) When did
you first publicly reveal that this offer was made to you? Where
did you reveal this?
13) Are there
any terms the government could offer that would persuade you to
recant your views on AIDS - even against the scientific evidence?
to testimony we have received, you have privately admitted the existence
of previous offers made to you in return for your willingness to
change your position on AIDS. Written documents also suggest the
existence of such offers.
a) What were
the exact dates and places of those meetings?
b) What were
the names of the persons who met with you at those times, or who
helped arrange those meetings?
c) Were you
given letters to sign at any of those meetings? If so, please
provide copies of each of those documents.
d) Who authorized
each of those offers? Who else was aware of those offers?
e) What were
the terms of each of those offers (what were you asked to do,
and what were you promised in return)?
f) How long
did you take to make a decision on each of those offers?
g) What was
your answer to each of those offers?
h) Have you
publicly revealed any of these previous offers made to you? When
did you reveal them? Where did you reveal them?
15) Have you
received any such offers since 1994?
16) Have you
been made any offers by Alfred Regnery, or by any of his agents
or associates, in return for your cooperation regarding the AIDS
debate? Did you agree to take any information out of the book you
co-authored with Bryan Ellison?
must agree that the federal government cannot be allowed to censor
this AIDS debate, or any other controversy, from public view. As
a scientist involved in such a debate, you have a special responsibility
to disclose all government attempts to suppress opposition. The
public has a right to know.
assume you will provide the above answers in a timely manner.
Joel A. Schwartz