Amaros sent this with the following key observations, "the story says that this was not a dangerous shipment. True in the sense that these vials did not contain the virus per se (he had no access to that) but they contained the genetic codes for the virus, which is required for manufacture. The CBC reported the gene info just now but stressed that this material is for producing vaccines. If you can make the vaccine, you can make the disease.
So while he claims he was taking them to help his new research, he could have also sold them to terrorists with labs.
He is facing 20 years jail. They don't give that to plagiarists."
A Canadian scientist was stopped at the U.S. border last week after authorities found 22 vials used in Ebola research from Canada's National Microbiology Lab in his possession, officials said Wednesday.
The incident has sparked controversy and serious questions about security protocols at the Winnipeg lab that contains some of the world's most deadliest pathogens.
Konan Michel Yao, 42, was apprehended by U.S. officials as he attempted to enter the United States at the Pembina, N.D., border crossing from Manitoba on May 5.
Yao faces U.S. criminal charges for smuggling and is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals service.
"There was a small amount of genetic material from the Ebola virus in the material that he took off with, but it posed no risk of infection and no risk to the health of the public," he said.
"It's basically genetic material, some of which had an Ebola gene in it. It's just a gene. It's not infectious. The only thing he could've done with it was make an Ebola vaccine."