Intelligence Report: Yep, Covid Came From Wuhan Lab

Intelligence Report: Yep, Covid Came From Wuhan Lab

Intelligence Report: Yep, Covid Came From Wuhan Lab

There’s been lots of recent chatter about the origins of Covid-19. But House Intelligence Committee Republicans think they have the answer — Covid came from a Wuhan lab leak. After completing their research, they published a report outlining their evidence on Wednesday evening.

With Rep. Devin Nunes at the helm, GOP Intelligence members released their findings in a 21-page report entitled, “In Focus: COVID-19 and the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

From the report:

“The threads of circumstantial information suggest the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and resulting COVID-19 pandemic could have been the result of an accidental leak from the WIV, particularly given the absence of credible information that supports a zoonotic transmission.”

“Unfortunately, Beijing has hindered the conduct of a full, credible investigation. There is overwhelming circumstantial evidence, however, to support a lab leak as the origination of COVID-19, while there is no substantive evidence supporting the natural zoonosis hypothesis.”

The GOP Intelligence members used open source information to make their case. These include the following:

  • Several researchers at the WIV became sick with Covid-like symptoms in fall, 2019. This was according to a US State Department memo.
  • Between October 7 and October 24, 2019, there was no cell-phone activity present inside the lab. This may indicate a shutdown or blackout.
  • In 2017, US diplomats to China warned that WIV was “conducting dangerous research on coronaviruses without following necessary safety protocols, risking the accidental outbreak of a pandemic.”
  • The Covid-19 virus itself has characteristics that can’t be explained by natural occurrence. In Medium, journalist Nicholas Wade explained how Covid’s manipulated mutations made it ideal for infecting people.
  • Finally, China has a history of lab leaks, including one in 2004 in Beijing. In that case, an earlier coronavirus called SARs caused severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Not only that, but the intelligence report also cited “involvement in the Wuhan lab of the Chinese military, which has a documented biological weapons program.”

Even CDC director Rochelle Walensky admitted that yes, Covid may have come from a lab leak. When Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) pressed her on Covid’s origin during a Senate hearing, also held on Wednesday, she hemmed and hawed. She tried to hedge her responses. But finally she told Kennedy that yes, Covid could’ve come from the lab.

When Kennedy asked if the US was funding “gain of function” research, Walensky suggested getting answers from Dr. Anthony Fauci. But Kennedy would have none of it:

“Dr. Fauci seems confused.”

“I’m asking, with all due respect, I’m asking you to give us that information. . .”

And speaking of Fauci, his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, funded by the United States, may have been involved in gain of function research at WIV. From the GOP intelligence report:

“Committee Republicans are concerned that the U.S. Government directly or indirectly engaged in dangerous scientific research with China despite knowing of the Chinese military’s participation. The Committee must determine what role, if any, the Intelligence Community (IC) had in monitoring or evaluating U.S. policy risks related to these efforts.”

Intelligence report/Wuhan lab

Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0. 

While Fauci has emphatically denied funding gain of function research, the report also cited an example of such funding. In 2015, NIAID funded the EcoHealth Alliance, which teamed up with China to create “a hybrid virus that combined elements from two bat-borne coronaviruses, including the one that caused SARS in 2002.” As the report noted:

“This study is an example of a Gain of Function research experiment, which enhance a pathogen’s natural traits.”

Heading up the EcoHealth Alliance is Peter Daszak, who funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars — taxpayer dollars — into the Wuhan lab. Daszak talked about participating in such experiments at the December, 2019, Nipah Virus International Conference in Singapore. While there he spoke with Dr. Vincent Racaniello of the University of North Carolina, in an interview.

“You can manipulate [coronaviruses] in the lab pretty easily. Spike protein drives a lot of what happens with the coronavirus, zoonotic risk. So you can get the sequence, you can build the protein — and we work with Ralph Baric at UNC to do this — insert into the backbone of another virus, and do, do some work in the lab.”

Yet what did Peter Daszak say about the idea of a lab leak?

“It’s a good conspiracy theory. Foreigners designing a virus in a mysterious lab, a nefarious activity, and then the cloak of secrecy around China.”

But now Daszak is complaining of getting hate mail. Not pleasant, to be sure, but consider what Sen. Tom Cotton endured at the hands of the mainstream press.

You may recall that in February, 2020, the senator — who has no love for the Communist Chinese — suggested that maybe, just maybe, Covid-19 came from that lab in Wuhan. In a series of tweets, as well as in an interview on Fox News, Cotton said:

“We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there, but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.”

The New York Times pounced. Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins, clamored their headline.

CNN piled on, claiming that release of Covid from the lab “was almost certainly not true,” and that the WIV was “the focus of conspiracies.” They also gave lip service to Chinese propaganda:

“We urge the US to stop spreading disinformation.”

CNN’s Chris Cillizza accused Cotton of “playing a dangerous game with his coronavirus speculation.” And Jake Tapper said Cotton’s ideas were something he “put in the conspiracy theory bucket.”

Those comments didn’t age well, did they?

So now Tom Cotton has been vindicated. But the report from the House Intelligence Committee Republicans also exposes the corruption of Anthony Fauci and his cohort Peter Daszak. These two used taxpayer dollars to help the CCP and its military develop a deadly virus that was unleashed across the world, and yet they still lie about the level of their involvement.

 

Featured image: SARS-CoV-2 under electron microscope. NIAID/flickr/cropped/CC BY-2.0.

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  • JAW3 says:

    She had the rapid eye blinks during the senator’s questioning going on overdrive. She was either dazzled by his intelligence or she was blindsided by such a direct question she did not want to answer. My bet it was both. Sen Kennedy is folksy in his demeanor, but he is highly intelligent, IMO.

  • Joanie Gee says:

    It’s not a good move to have Devin Nunes leading the investigation. He’s filed a number of frivolous lawsuits, including lawsuits against parody Twitter accounts Devin Nunes’ Cow and Devin Nunes’ Mom. You have to be very thin skinned to file a lawsuit against a parody account featuring a cow. I’m open to the idea of the virus originating in a lab, but having Nunes at the head of the committee is a mistake.Some people wonder where Nunes gets the moooo-la to fund his lawsuits.Damn those cow parody Twitter accounts!

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  • Scott says:

    Will all this finally coming out, including showing Fauci at the least being complicit in the situation, might I suggest looking into the investments that he made between the dates mentioned above, and when he first “mandated” mask wearing.. my guess is that he made significant ones in companies that would profit from the response he engineered… As the saying goes, ALWAYS follow the money

    • GWB says:

      I’m not sure I think St. Fauci is forward-looking enough to have accomplished something like that. I think he made the same sorts of political calculations he made with HIV/AIDS, where he royally screwed the pooch about 40 years ago.

  • Joanie Gee says:

    Would it be okay to call Nunes’ lawsuit against the Twitter cow parody account a mooooo-suit? Nunes certainly had a cow about the account!

  • GWB says:

    The interesting thing is why GOF was stopped in the US, and then outsourced.Remember all the stories for about two years with actual live pathogens being shipped (they were supposed to be dead ones), and samples that just up and went missing, and other stupid stuff our government labs screwed up? That was when GOF study in the US was shut down.

    So, whence did we simply offshore the research? The one place with probably a worse set of security protocols: China.

    And I’ve held since the beginning that it was a leak. There were a couple of valid stories early on that gave logical evidence for that case (and logical evidence against the market meat being the source). At least one of those gave a logical explanation for the leak getting into the Wuhan market and spreading from there.

    So, tell me again how Andromeda Strain is just fiction?

  • Matthew W says:

    So what?
    The only person that would punish the ChiComs is not in office.

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  • Joanie Gee says:

    “Red herring much?” What kind of sentence is this? You need to improve your grammar or people will think you’re an udderly bad writer. ; )

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