On July 1, 2016, 6:38:24 AM PDT, Andrew Wakefield received an email. It read:
“Dear Mr. Wakefield, (italics mine)
I’m a reporter from the Sunday Times. We intend to publish a story this weekend about supposed treatments for autism, in which you will be named. I wanted to give you an opportunity to respond and hoped you could answer a couple of questions for me.
You continue to assert in videos posted online, interviews and publications, as well as in your new film Vaxxed, that vaccines cause autism.
However your studies claiming to show this link have been discredited and retracted, and other studies have shown there is no link between autism and MMR vaccine. You were struck off the GMC for your claims.
Critics say promoting the idea that vaccines cause autism is dangerous, as it encourages families not to vaccinate their children, which has led to outbreaks of measles.
Could you please tell me why you continue to promote the idea that vaccines cause autism?
Our story will also cover GcMAF and MMS, two unlicensed, unproven treatments for autism. You continue to promote both of these drugs, despite advice from both US and UK medical authorities that they are potentially harmful.
Could you please tell me why you continue to promote these products as effective treatments for autism?
The Sunday Times
Upon receiving this email, Andrew Wakefield left a phone message for Josh Boswell. At 12:58 pm, he let a publicist for Vaxxed know that he had done so.
“Have called and left a message. Waiting for reply.”
Three minutes later, the publicist replied:
“Noted. Thank you.”
The next day, July 2, at 16:21, Wakefield emailed Boswell, marking the email “URGENT!”
“For the record I have made contact and recorded the message for broadcast on social media. It is Saturday morning. You have not got back to me. Your allegations are false.
Boswell replied the same day, at 10:50:30 am:
“Dear Mr. Wakefield,
Thank you for getting in touch. I’ve just emailed your PR–what with Brexit and various political stories we’re holding this for next week, so how about we set up a time for a call next week? Would Wednesday afternoon, say, 3/4 UK time be alright?”
At some point, Polly Tommey sent this to Josh Boswell (source: Facebook c/o Sheila Lewis Ealey’s page, July 4, 2016:)
I have just seen your email and think I have 10 mins to reply before your deadline.
1. I have never promoted or posted a link to GcMAF or MMS – in fact I have literally no clue what they are.
2. Autism Mother was set up years ago to create a forum for parents to openly discuss helping their children and themselves navigate autism and answer questions between themselves, it is a support group. I am one of many admins on this site.
3. Andy Wakefield and I have NEVER promoted any of these treatments.
4. Yes, I believe the MMR is unsafe and I would like to see vaccines tested safely. My son was damaged by the MMR. My personal advice to parents is to do their research before vaccinating, something I didn’t do.
5. The Autism Trust is dedicated to providing safe, secure and happy futures for adults with ASD. The Autism Trust does not promote treatments or discuss vaccinations.
6. Again, I have NEVER promoted such treatments.
7. I am proud to have Dr Andy Wakefield as my business partner at the Autism Media Channel.
In the comments following this letter, some of the mothers of vaccine damaged children, way more motivated as fact-finders than newspaper journalists, checked the root source and confirmed what Tommey had stated in her letter.
Lucille Smith posted:
“There are 8 Posts with words of “GcMAF” on the Autism Mothers FB group, and one of the links to look to buy “GcMAF” is an invalid link, and none of these posts are posted by Polly, and as Polly said there are multiple admins on this page, and she didn’t post any of those posts. Here is post 1/8 from most recent posted in 2015 to the oldest post in 2011.”
Lucille Smith then posted screen shots of all 8 posts, between 2011 and 2015.
So, we now have a mystery.
Why does Sunday Times reporter Josh Boswell believe that Wakefield and/or Tommey promoted GcMAF or MMS?
And why didn’t he take Andrew Wakefield’s call? I am also baffled by the fact that he does not respond at all to Wakefield’s clear statement: “Your allegations are false.”
He just starts telling Wakefield what else the paper has been covering, like “Brexit.”
What does that have to do with anything?
It will be interesting to hear what the two parties say to one another on Wednesday, somewhere between 3 and 4 UK time.
Then, when all the facts and fact-struggles have been laid bare for the world to read, and hear, we’ll have the ambush itself.