“There has been an extraordinary outpouring of support from the autism community in response to the events of the last two weeks”, Wakefield told Age of Autism in an exclusive interview. “The most exciting part of it has been the opening up of an entirely new sort of opportunity that will allow me to continue my work on behalf of autism families.” Wakefield said he would provide more specifics on the nature of that opportunity soon. “In addition, I will now speak publicly to refute the findings that have been made against me. I know my necessary silence on these issues has troubled many parents in both the U.K. and the U.S. But I’m ready now to get back on the front foot and publicly contest the false accusations that have been made against me, my colleagues, and indirectly The Lancet children. It’s been long overdue.”
I can only take that to mean that Wakefield will adopt the nom de plume of 'Dr. Andy' as notable celebretricians and all chiropractors do. And "The most exciting part of it has been the opening up of an entirely new sort of opportunity that will allow me to continue my work on behalf of autism families.” sounds like a segue to the announcement of, 'Dr. Andy is available for children's birthday parties; his specialities are magic tricks, balloon animals and venipuncture.'
Dan, you're a little late to the party as the news of Dr. Wakefield's departure from Thoughtful House was announced 18, February. You also forgot to mention the departure of Arthur Krigsman from Thoughtful House as well. I'm sure the spin which has been fed to you by Wakefield and, in turn passed on, serves as temporary morale boost for your readers. But make no mistake, Thoughtful House is cleaning house and Wakefield, Krigsman and Stott are liabilities. If they can't support them, notably Wakefield in light of the recent UK General Medical Council Ruling, the Lancet retraction of his 1998 paper and the subsequent withdrawn monkey study from Neurotoxicology, it certainly makes me wonder who could.
Wakefield is finished. There has been no conspiracy; his original publication was based upon atrocious ethics and conflicts of interest, highly-flawed science and fudged medical records. It doesn't get much worse than that. This man is no hero; he's nothing more than a predator.