Georgia’s former Minister of State Security Igor Giorgadze released documents confirming that the US is carrying out bioweapons experiments in the so-called Lugar Center located near the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Giorgadze launched a website “Georgia. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow“, where documents and data are released.
“The Lugar Center”[officially known as L. Sakvareli Center for Disease and Public Health Control in Georgia] is a result of the Gerorgian-US cooperation. In 2002, the sides signed the agreement “On cooperation in the field of technologies and pathogens related to the development of biological weapons and non-proliferation of information in this field”. In 2004, the sides agreed to establish the center near Tbilisi.
Giorgadze revealed that 30 Georgians died as a result of these experiments involving Harvoni and Sovaldi pathogens in December 2015 only. The deaths of these people attributed to “unknown reasons” or simply not explained. The 27 patients died on the same day.
“What happened to them? Were they infected with something? Where were they buried? We need answers,” Giorgadze said in an interview with RT.
According to the former Georgian minister, the lab was “established on the territory of a … former military base some 17 kilometers from Tbilisi” as part of a US-funded project back in 2004. It “was never meant to be a medical center and had nothing in common with a hospital.” The lab was notably overseen by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a combat support agency of Pentagon which deals with weapons of mass destruction.
Giorgadze says that one of the first steps of the country’s current government was to move this center under the jurisdiction of the Georgian Health Ministry. The goal of this move was to avoid the growing public concern on the real tasks of this lab. He says that at least $300m was already spent on this project. However, the final amount remains unclear.
The data obtained by the former security minister amounts to 100,000 pages. An example of the obtained data is a US Patent for the development of a remotely controlled “device for the aerial release of mosquitoes” aimed at spreading a “toxin suitable to be transmitted by mosquito bite.”
“The present invention is capable of delivering lethal and non-lethal toxins, including any agent that can be carried and transmitted by a mosquito,” the patent description says.
Giorgadze even wrote an open letter to the US President and Congress on this issue:
An Open Letter to the U.S. President and Congress
Dear Mr.President, Congressmen and Senators:
We have received a volume of documents suggesting that the Lugar Center located around Tbilisi, Georgia, was engaged in experiments banned by the U.N. Convention of 1972 on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction.
To my mind, these documents need to be reviewed and evaluated by experts. I have no intentions to politicize the issue or to allege anybody. But I can neither keep secret the Center’s activity that may violate the Convention mentioned above.
Giving your friendly stance towards Georgian people, I call on you to set up an investigation into legality of experiments run by the Lugar Center’s personnel acting upon authorization of the Obama administration and under agreement with former President of Georgia, M.Saakashvili.
Neither I, nor my fellow citizens in Georgia and abroad want to see declassified papers in a few dozens of years – as we have already seen it in the recent past – which would confirm our today’s fears about biological and bacteriological experiments run on Georgians.
Georgian people will be sincerely grateful to you if you liberate our pained country, which the United Nations has put on the list of ‘Dying Nations’, from threats represented by dual-use biological and bacteriological experiments.
I hope for your understanding and support.
With kind regards,
The Head of Georgia Abroad Civic Movement