This would all be justifiable if the evidence was good, but it wasn't. Several well-designed trials have subsequently investigated the alleged link between MMR and autism and have come to decidedly the opposite conclusion to Wakefield. It is undeniably medical consensus that absolutely no link exists between vaccination and autism. For what it's worth, the paper has since been retracted by ten of Wakefield's twelve co-authors, the Lancet has issued an apology, and Wakefield is facing an inquiry by the UK General Medical Council for serious professional misconduct.
The above is all old news; the dust has settled on the matter, even if a few know-nothing activists continue to peddle the deadly misinformation. What is new is that a (British) Sunday Times investigation has may have found the reason for Wakefield's odd results: it looks as though the data were made up.
I, for once, am speechless.