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Diane Sawyer Dons, Then Removes Unnecessary Mask For TB Interview

Mask = drama

Diane Sawyer wore a mask for her exclusive interview with Andrew Speaker, a.k.a the globetrotting tuberculosis patient — “a mask I didn’t technically have to wear,” Sawyer says.

Particularly since Sawyer shook Speaker’s hand without a glove.

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    Diane Sawyer Gets TB Interview

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    ABC’s Diane Sawyer scored what’s probably the biggest get of the week: an exclusive interview with Andrew Speaker, otherwise known as the globetrotting Tuberculosis patient who criss-crossed countries and continents on planes (Atlanta to Paris to Greece to Prague to Montreal to New York) despite warnings not to travel. He is now in government-ordered isolation in a Denver hospital.

    This exclusive interview will air tomorrow on Good Morning America.

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  • Diane Sawyer Gets Andrew Speaker Interview/ Doesn’t Anyone Want To Talk to his Father-in-Law?

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    While Diane Sawyer has landed the interview with Andrew Speaker, the personal-injury lawyer with the case of drug-resistant tuberculosis, who’s going after his father-in-law? Robert Cooksey, PhD, a microbiologist with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a statement:

    As part of my job, I am regularly tested for TB. I do not have TB, nor have I ever had TB. My son-in-law’s TB did not originate from myself or the CDC’s labs, which operate under the highest levels of biosecurity.

    Some publications and studies that list him as an author or participant include:
    Risk Factors for Rifampin Mono-resistant Tuberculosis

    Acquired Rifamycin Resistance with Twice-Weekly Treatment of HIV-related Tuberculosis

    Speaker was coming back from his honeymoon, when he was stopped by a border inspector.