For many that have had and struggled with Covid-19, they can vouch for the high-quality gain-of-function research when this thing hits your body–those Wuhan scientists put a lot of effort into it. It seems odd that the Biden Admin is canceling an investigation into the origins of the virus, which was conducted by the State Department’s arms control and verification bureau. It “was an honest effort to probe what many initially dismissed: that China’s biological weapons program could have had a greater role in the pandemic’s origin in Wuhan,” according to CNN.
More from CNN:
Proponents of the effort, including Pompeo himself, argued that the potential connection between the Chinese military and the pandemic needed to be investigated and that the administration was justified to include the inquiry in the State Department’s ongoing and legally mandated review of countries’ compliance with arms control treaties, according to four sources familiar with the matter.
Officials involved in the effort relied on scientific research as well as public and classified information to probe the lab leak theory, including looking into any possible connection between the virus and the Chinese government’s biological weapons program, three of the sources told CNN.
David Asher — a former top investigator for the State Department who has worked on some of the “most classified intelligence investigations” — revealed in March he believes the COVID-19 pandemic began when bioweapons research at the Wuhan lab resulted in an accidental virus leak.
“The Wuhan Institute of Virology is not the National Institute of Health,” David Asher told Fox News. “It was operating a secret, classified program. In my view, and I’m just one person, my view is it was a biological weapons program.”
Before leaving the State Department, Pompeo released a memo explaining the U.S. government knew China was “engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017” at the Wuhan bio lab.
The Wall Street Journal reported on American intelligence over the weekend that stated three researchers at the Wuhan lab became sick enough with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019 that they required hospitalization.
This moves the COVID-19 timeline forward about one month. China has claimed “patient-zero” was confirmed in December.
More importantly, the intelligence emboldens the lab leak theory, which a group of 18 high-profile scientists said this month requires further investigation.
China denies COVID-19 leaked from its Wuhan lab, saying the pandemic began through wet markets located in Wuhan. The Chinese communist government has also blamed the U.S. for the pandemic.