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December 17, 2010


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London, Dec 17 (PTI) Lax security at Indian laboratories sparked concern among American officials that India could be a target of biological weapons as much as a source of bio-terrorism material, according to secret diplomatic cables made public by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.

According to documents sent from the US Embassy in New Delhi that was published today by the British newspaper The Guardian, US officials raised concerns that terrorist groups could take advantage of weak security at Indian laboratories to steal bio-terrorism material.

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The June 8, 2006 cable titled, ”India behind on bio-terrorism preparations but taking some steps”, said the advances in the biotech sector and the “large Indian industrial base combined with weak controls make India as much a source of bio-terrorism material as a target.”
It said the possibility of bio-terrorism attack in India could not be ruled out, despite Indian experts believing that groups operating in India not focussing on bio-terrorism.

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