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January 28, 1998

Propaganda Value of Allegations of Biological Warfare in the Korean War—Reply

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(4):274. doi:10.1001/jama.279.4.271

In Reply.—The information presented by Dr Rolicka in her article1 and the additional information provided in her letter refute the alleged waging of biological warfare by the United States during the Korean War beyond any reasonable doubt. Rolicka's article discusses that "many specific examples of black propaganda were discovered that contained false information and lies discrediting the United States. The mechanism of lies, which convinced the Korean population that bacteriological warfare was going on and that the only way not to become victims of the United States' inhuman cruelty was to fight, are shown in this article."1 Our article agrees that this episode demonstrated the propaganda value of false allegations of biological warfare. The phrase "regardless of veracity," as used in our article, was not intended to imply that the allegations of biological warfare had any credibility.

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