Diplomatic Viruses (2018)

A closer look at the Pentagon's chain of biolaboratories in 25 countries across the world.


Our weekly documentary film curated by our editorial team at 21WIRE.

There is a new arms race on, between East and West, and with the United States and China at the center. This investigative documentary begins its journey at US Embassy to Tbilisi who are involved in the trafficking of frozen human blood and pathogens under the guise of diplomatic cargo for a secret Pentagon-funded military program. Internal documents, leaked to Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva by Georgian insiders, implicate US scientists in the transportation of and experimenting on pathogens under diplomatic cover. According to these documents, Pentagon scientists have been deployed to the Republic of Georgia and have been given diplomatic immunity to research deadly diseases and biting insects at the Lugar Center – the Pentagon biolaboratory in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi. The military facility is just one of the many Pentagon biolaboratories in 25 countries across the world.

Run time: 27 min
Writer and Director: Dilyana Gaytandzhieva
Narration: Patrick Henningsen
Broadcast on Al Mayadeen TV (2018)