By Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The scandal involving Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s case study research into the link between the combination measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism may go down as one of the biggest cases of malicious fraud in history — but such fraud was not committed by Dr. Wakefield. In a new lawsuit, Dr. Wakefield is seeking to recover exemplary damages for the heinous libel, slander and defamation committed against him by the British Medical Journal(BMJ); Dr. Fiona Godlee, BMJ‘s editor; and pseudo-journalist Brian Deer, all of whom have worked tirelessly to destroy his life and career throughout the past year.
The lawsuit, filed in Travis County, Texas, District Court, namesBMJ, Godlee, and Deer as the defendants for having maliciously published deliberate lies about Dr. Wakefield’s 1998 case study paper that was published in The Lancetback in 1998. These lies, which officially began their spread back in early 2010 when Dr. Wakefield’s paper was forcibly retracted, include falsely accusing Dr. Wakefield of fabricating and manipulating research data, and using autistic children for his own personal gain (http://www.naturalnews.com/031211_Andrew_Wakefield_BMJ.html).
BMJ first published Deer’s “investigative” hit-piece on Dr. Wakefield, entitled Secrets of the MMR Scare: How the Case Against the MMR Vaccine was Fixed, back on January 5, 2011. This was followed by several corresponding editorials written by Godlee that were published just a few days later.