I share your distrust. But if the CDC found nothing and then heard rumors that some prestigious researchers had found something, they might hold back and just keep mum. As you said, for damage control. I'd like to think that hearing nothing from the CDC is probably good news for us. I don't think the CDC really likes to confirm discoveries, they like to be the ones to make them. And it is possible that long-standing inter-agency rivalry could mean that they especially wouldn't want to confirm a discovery made, in part, by the NCI. You know, I once held the CDC in very high regard. Their whole behavior toward "CFS" has been very disillusioning. <sigh> These people are not our friends.