“A real flood of bacteria and germs” — Communications Intelligence and Charges of U.S. Germ Warfare during the Korean War

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Cover art for CIA pamphlet release in 2013, in public domain
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Screenshot from CIA release, “Baptism by Fire,” Daily Reports, file 1952–03–06a.pdf
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Untitled, from the CIA Baptism by Fire pamphlet, in public domain
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Army Security Agency Direction Finding Unit in the Mountains of Korea (NSA photo, reproduced from CIA article in “Studies in Intelligence,” v. 45, no. 1)
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Photograph of Shiro Ishii (masao takezawa / wikimedia commons)
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From Dec. 13, 1946 memo from Frank Tavenner, Chief Prosecutor, International Military Tribunal For The Far East, to Soviet Major-General A. N. Vasilyev, concerning possible prosecution of Unit 731 for use of biological weapons (link)
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Selection from Khabarovsk Trial transcripts published by the Soviets, p. 442 (link)
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Untitled, from CIA Baptism by Fire pamphlet, in public domain
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Back cover art from CIA’s “Baptism by Fire” pamphlet (Public Domain)
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North Korean poster, from CIA Baptism by Fire pamphlet, in public domain
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Field map showing where a U.S. military plane allegedly dropped fleas at Song-Dong, Hoi-Yang Goon, as portrayed in ISC report, pg. 318 (p. 355 of linked PDF)
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Screenshot from COMINT SUEDE Daily report file 1952–03–04b, Baptism by Fire release
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Four-chambered leaflet bomb used to distribute infected insects dropped on villages in Liaotung Province, NE China (Manchuria), as reproduced in ISC report
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A page from CIA “Baptism by Fire” pamphlet release, 2013
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Image of plague infected vole from ISC report, PDF pg. 286 at link
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Image from International Scientific Commission (“Needham”) Report, pg. 317 ((p. 354 of linked PDF)
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New York Times screenshot, September 16, 1952, p. 3
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Col. Frank Schwable as POW, from “People’s China,” March 16, 1953
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Col. Schwable faced legal proceedings over his germ warfare confession: NY Times, February 16, 1954, p. 2
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Selected files on COMINT and other CIA intelligence reports concerning BW use in Korean War

Psychologist (retired), blogger, author of "Cover-up at Guantanamo" https://www.amazon.com/Cover-up-Guantanamo-Investigation-Suicides-Mohammed/dp/1520587090/

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