Is Dr Mikovits Telling the Truth?

Dr Judy Mikovits

Is there a conspiracy surrounding COVID-19 and the medical community? A recent controversial video called “Plandemic” has been making the social-media rounds claiming that there is.

I’m not so sure.

The video, produced by filmmaker Mikki Willis, has been pulled by Youtube. However, as of this writing it can still be found on Facebook. (I do not know for how much longer.) The video is an interview with Dr. Judy Mikovits, an American anti-vaccination activist, and former medical researcher. The content suggests that giant pharmaceutical companies have “waged war” on Dr. Mikovits. Filmmaker Willis claims she is “naming names” of those she believes are jeopardizing the world due to the current COVID-19 crisis.

As I watched the video I realized that there may be some truth to her ideas. I also knew it would be almost impossible for me to investigate the full scope of her claims. However, the video begins with a description of the “attack” that she alleges was led against her. This included her 2011 arrest. This intrigued me because this type of information can in fact be investigated.

During the taped interview, Mikovits claimed that she was arrested and held in jail without a warrant and without any charges having been filed. She claims that she had been falsely accused of taking “intellectual property” from her former employer, Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI).  She seems to suggest that her husband had been terrorized for five days with a demand to produce the property, which she adds had been “planted in my house.”

To be arrested and held without a warrant or even charges is unthinkable and would suggest a conspiracy of grand proportions. But did that happen? Did the pharmaceutical giants plant evidence?

A little research into this topic shed a lot of light. Let me begin with some background:

In 2009, Dr Mikovits, who worked for WPI in Reno, NV, helped publish a paper indicating that she had found a new retrovirus that could lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. This apparent discovery thrust her into the limelight and caused an incredible stir in the scientific community. However, within two years doubts began to surface regarding her discovery. Eventually, the WPI retracted the paper because other researchers were unable to replicate her findings.

In September 2011, records suggest that Dr. Mikovits had intercepted a cell line meant for another researcher, Dr. Vincent Lombardi, and refused to turn it over to him. She was ordered to do so by her superiors and she refused. As a result, she was fired for insubordination. According to a sworned Affidavit from her subordinate, Dr. Max Pfost, on the day of her firing he was asked by Dr. Mikovits to enter the lab and remove samples and all the notebooks containing “irreplaceable research and data and provide them to her at a later date.” He stated she gave him the keys to her office and desk. On the following day he used her keys to enter her office where he took possession of the items. He testifies that he gave them to her on Oct 16, 2011. Dr. Pfost also provided that Dr. Mikovits had already been in possession of a black laptop that she had taken. This was reported to the Reno, NV Police. However, Dr. Mikovits had already left the state and traveled to CA.

On November 18, 2011, Dr. Mikovits was arrested in California on a warrant that came from University of Nevada at Reno Police Department. This warrant listed the felony charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Unlawful Taking of Computer Data.

In the video, Dr Mikovits claimed that she was arrested and held without charges. This does not appear to be true. Furthermore, records indicate that she immediately secured an attorney, Lois Hart, and later, Attorney Scott Freeman. Although both Hart and Freeman proclaimed her innocence, neither attorney went on record claiming that she had been arrested without warrant or charge. One would think that a criminal defense attorney would loudly and repeatedly claim that their client had been unduly processed. However, there is a total lack of evidence of these protests. I found no news source citing the attorneys about this alleged violation of her civil rights. None. Not one.

This online article includes a video interview with Attorney Freeman. He appears to calmly describe the situation and makes no mention of her being arrested without charges. Although he did not specifically state that Mikovits took the items in question, he reported that there was no criminal intent. This is in complete contrast to the recent complaints made by Mikovits, who alleges the items had been planted on her. I believe his statement suggests that Dr Mikovits had been aware of the property being taken and likely had them.  He suggested that there had been no crime knowingly committed in relation to the material – the complete opposite of what she is alleging now. In this news source Freeman is quoted as saying that the material in question had been “turned over to authorities.” This is strange language for material that Mikovits is now alleging to have been planted on her.

What I found most interesting about the video itself is that while describing her arrest, the filmmaker cut to a scene that appears to be a late night raid on the Mikovits home by an armed SWAT force. One SWAT team member can be seen carrying a battering ram, and a group of law enforcement officers carrying what appear to be automatic weapons are seen entering a house while a helicopter circles overhead. A watermark appears on this portion of the video, “ONSCENE.TV.” I went to that website in an attempt to locate the video. I could not find it. Furthermore, I could find no news footage of her arrest by local TV stations. I then checked additional records and found some evidence that Dr Mikovits was arrested at 12:18 pm – not in the middle of the night. If this is the case, then it would appear that the filmmaker was attempting to mislead viewers to think that the arrest included a late-night raid with SWAT members and a battering ram. It would be important to know if that video is authentic. 

UPDATE: After this blog was launched a reader provided information on the SWAT video clip. The original video can be seen here. It appears to have been posted on 3-28-20, and according to its own description depicts a SWAT team serving a warrant on a suspect relating to the murder of a 15-year-old boy. The portion that Willis used begins at around the 6:15 time mark.

This update demonstrates that Mikki Willis was colluding with Dr Mikovits to mislead and misinform the general public. He was not an innocent journalist being mislead.

If a witness is found to be deceptive in a portion of their testimony, then the rest of the testimony should be scrutinized carefully before believing. In this instance, I suspect that Dr Mikovits was not being honest when she said she was arrested without charges. Therefore, I am suspicious about everything else she has to report in the video. I am also concerned about the massive number of people who absorb material like this video without questioning or challenging it.


Dane Cramer is a backpacker, follower-of-Jesus blogger, jail chaplain, amateur filmmakerPodcast host, and author of two books: Romancing the Trail and The Nephilim: A Monster Among Us , and has worked as an investigator for over 34 years.







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