The Washington Post presented a piece Tuesday basically throwing doubt on the prospect that the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic will ever be discovered – because they’ve now reviewed records showing that classified military research was indeed performed at the lab and that some records would be sealed by the Chinese government for up to 20 years.
Interesting timing, this piece. The house of cards built by Dr. Anthony Fauci and his COVID-19 zealots appears to be tumbling. Republicans on oversight committees are calling for further data and information connected to Fauci’s emails, and even President Joe Biden is asking for an investigation into COVID’s origins and the lab leak theory.
Now legacy media, including The Hill and the Wall Street Journal, are unearthing evidence that points to SARS CoV-2 or COVID-19 being the result of a lab leak, and not occurring in nature as previously surmised. Why, when even President Biden is on board with investigating the origins, does the Washington Post feel the need to throw cold water on causation ever being uncovered?
The writer of the WaPo article insists on painting the narrative that any tenacious effort on isolating the origins of COVID-19 is misguided, at best, and bound to fail, at worst.
Some of the reasons the piece outlined:
- China didn’t have a high threshold on keeping the information classified anyway, and these protocols were set up long before the so-called leak.
The secrecy may help to explain why efforts to confirm or disprove the lab-leak theory of the pandemic’s origins have made little progress. President Biden has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble their efforts” to determine the source of the virus — exactly the sort of operation the Wuhan lab prepared for more than a decade ago with the setting up of systems to handle confidential information.
Starting in 2014, China updated its State Secrets Law implementation regulations. The regulations provided guidance for those working with sensitive information and intelligence. Between March and October of that year, these regulations and protocols were refined and heightened with the new oversight and directives from President Xi Jinping, and high-ranking officials in the Chinese Communist Party.
From 2014 to 2018, there was direct and heavy oversight by Xiao Gengfu, a CCP official, who was promoted to the Wuhan lab’s party secretary, and according to WaPo:
“appears to have kept a close eye on the lab’s coronavirus research since the pandemic began: He was a co-author on at least 15 peer-reviewed papers related to the novel coronavirus, more than Wang and other institute leaders, according to ResearchGate.”
In recent years, the lab has held regular confidentiality training sessions for staff, including one in 2018 where speakers discussed best practices for moving researchers on and off classified projects, overseas travel guidelines for those on sensitive projects, and “confidentiality management when hosting foreigners.” That session was held several months after a visit from U.S. diplomats, who sent a cable to Washington about safety concerns at the institute.
Confidentiality work has continued at the lab since the pandemic placed it in the global spotlight — underscoring the challenges in assessing the lab-leak theory.
- Most Western scientists are in consensus that the causation was a natural pathogen, and not anything produced in a lab. However, lab leaks happen frequently and does not point to anything nefarious; it’s part of the course of things.
This is valid. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the Food and Drug Administration confirmed that lab leaks were common. However, at the end of April the Hill covered statements from dozens of scientists who wanted to add their voices to the calls for an investigation into the origins. So, WaPo’s assessment of “most” is called into question.
- No evidence has come forward to contradict the scientists at the Wuhan lab. The scientists claim that they did not encounter COVID-19 before the 2020 pandemic, and that there were no leaks during that period.
So far, no evidence has emerged contradicting statements by the Wuhan researchers that they did not encounter covid-19 before the pandemic and that no accidents occurred at the lab.
My colleague Bonchie covered the new pieces that build the case for the lab leak, and he referenced a Wall Street Journal article that points to the Wuhan researchers:
WASHINGTON—Three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report that could add weight to growing calls for a fuller probe of whether the Covid-19 virus may have escaped from the laboratory.
The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.”
Again, this is circumstantial, but if you are expecting the Chinese to come out and give any direct evidence they could have been responsible for COVID-19 being leaked from a lab, you are delusional. This is as good a piece of information as we are going to get from the CCP as far as any confirmation that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was in possession of what we now know as SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19.
Sick researchers, along with the rest of the information being unearthed by not only RedState, but other media outlets, point more towards culpability than not. The CCP lied about its actual COVID case numbers and about having a vaccine—so the credibility of the word of their researchers is also suspect.
Yet, the WaPo piece is persistent in its view that because of the classified nature of the work the Wuhan Lab does, the Chinese government’s secrecy protocols, and the difficulty in getting past those protocols, that an investigation will not produce anything fruitful. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Again, the timing is interesting.
Angela Rasmussen, a researcher in Vaccine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Saskatchewan, was also interviewed. Given the fact that she’s a strong supporter of “Dr. Evil” Peter Daszak and recently penned an op-ed for WaPo clinging to the zoonotic transfer theory, it’s not surprising that she was fairly dismissive of China’s secrecy and protection of information indicating any form of coverup:
“If the pandemic had started in the D.C. area, you can count on the fact that the U.S. government would not allow an unfettered ‘independent’ investigation to occur for the exact same reasons: It is a major longer-term security risk that can’t be fully mitigated,” she said. “It does not indicate the need to cover anything up beyond not letting potential adversarial powers have carte blanche access to secure government facilities.”
The precautions don’t mean the lab has anything to do with the virus’s origin, or that there’s anything nefarious about its classified projects. The United States also conducts classified pathogen research, and requires employees of high-containment labs to pass background checks.
Foreign Policy magazine did its own takedown of the lab leak theory and investigation, from the premise that,
“Blaming humans for disease is as old as time itself.”
And what do they think has been, and still is occurring with the COVID-19 lockdowns that have destroyed, and are still destroying countless lives?
Distraction and deflection are also useful tools of propaganda.