The Mirror was roundly criticized by many when we posited this back in February of 2020.
We were mocked for this story also.
The fact that corrupt scientists, biased intelligence analysts, and arrogant news reporters rejected the lab leak theory of the coronavirus origin for over a year is crazy. Those that were wrong should be called out. The lab leak theory didn’t change. It didn’t suddenly become credible. It didn’t jump from crazy to reasonable. The theory has always been the same. The people like NY Times, Washington Post who got it wrong just changed their minds. They are writing about themselves, with zero self awareness.
A research paper written by Chinese scientists and health officials in 2015 stated that SARS coronaviruses were a “new era of genetic weapons” that could be “artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponized and unleashed, The Australian reported earlier this month.
The paper titled ‘The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons’ suggested that “World War Three” would be fought with biological weapons.
The document revealed that Chinese military scientists were discussing the weaponization of SARS coronaviruses, five years before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the authors of the research paper were Lee Feng, former deputy director of China’s Bureau of Epidemic Prevention, and Xu Dezhong, the former chief of China’s SARS Epidemic Analysis Expert Group, the Australian media claimed.
The document shows the Chinese officials describing SARS coronaviruses as heralding a “new era of genetic weapons” that can be “artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponized and unleashed in a way never seen before”, The Australian reported.
Peter Jennings, the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), told news.com.au that the document is as close to a “smoking gun” as we’ve got.
“I think this is significant because it clearly shows that Chinese scientists were thinking about military application for different strains of the coronavirus and thinking about how it could be deployed,” Jennings said.
“It begins to firm up the possibility that what we have here is the accidental release of a pathogen for military use,” Jennings added.
He also said that the document may explain why China has been so reluctant for outside investigations into the origins of COVID-19. “If this was a case of transmission from a wet market it would be in China’s interest to co-operate … we’ve had the opposite of that.”
Robert Potter, a cyber security specialist who analyses leaked Chinese government documents, was asked by The Australian to verify the paper.