Too risky even for the Soviets, but then again, they didn’t believe in suicide ‘martyrdom‘.
Ebola raised the threat of bio-terrorism
The Soviet Union developed the Ebola virus in concealing weapons of mass destruction
Just a virus infected secretions in the wrong hands could be a bioweapon.
In West Africa, the outbreak of the historic large-ebola epidemic has increased the threat of bioterrorism. Because of the outbreak of the Ebola, the virus is now readily available, and in the hands of the criminal it could prove to be destructive, experts estimate.
The Ebola virus is still difficult to develop as an effective weapons of mass destruction.
There have also has been attempts at it.
Ebolavirus was on the desktop, when the Soviet Union secretly developed biological weapons of mass destruction in the 1980s. Ostensibly civilian medicine became a part of the Biopreparat-office which served to accelerate the bio-weapons program, even though the Soviet Union had signed an agreement banning biological weapons in 1972.
Bio-preparat developed strategic and tactical bio-weapons, including anthrax, smallpox, Ebola virus and a related virus Marburg. The Agency used a state of the art molecular biology expertise in an attempt to modify deadly viruses for military use.
“The work with the Ebola virus started in 1985,” says senior researcher Anna Katz at the biological threats center of excellence. “The idea was to modify the virus in aerosol form, so that it could be applied more effectively by air. The virus was tested in monkeys under laboratory conditions.”
The World’s Largest encrypted bio-weapons program came into public view for the Soviet Union in the 1990s. After the collapse, many of the Russian experts involved in the Bio-preparat research program defected to the West and revealed the details of the program.
Information held to be reliable about the program was based on the 2012 published book The Soviet Biological Weapons Program: A History. Book of interviews with more than thirty Russian experts were working at Bio-preparat.
“Ebola in a laboratory setting, is very dangerous to scientists. Therefore, it doesn’t seem to be successful. Marburg succeeded better.”
The possible use of the Ebola virus as a bio-weapon has risen again after the outbreak of the of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa last winter.
“Basically, anyone could collect the materials and spread them. This Ebola could potentially be used in a terrorist attack,” Katz says.
“The collection of body secretions is not technically difficult. The criminal release is undeniably a biological threat,” Nikkarikeskus confirmed.