The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity said the new found data for a new strain of the avian flu should be kept secret or unpublished to keep it away from terrorists. The group has never done this before, making this an unprecedented action. The board could allow some researchers to access the data in order to look for cures/vaccines, but would not be published in a journal for the public to see.
The author does not directly engage in an argument, but the Board of Biosecurity does, stating that it is a matter of national security to keep the data safeguarded. One could argue, however, to release the data, so the world knows just how real threat of a new avian flu strain would be.