Sunday, July 12, 2020

US Finally Considers If COVID-19 Began in Chinese Lab

After months of reports discrediting China’s official “wet market” cover story for the origin of the Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. intelligence agencies have ramped up their investigation into the possibility COVID-19 originated in a Chinese biolab. I have written and posted on this possible link, and China’s level 4 biosafety lab (BSL-4) in Wuhan, repeatedly since February.

According to National Review (NR), U.S. intelligence now has “increasing confidence” that the novel Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak began in a lab that was researching bat-coronaviruses, contrary to China’s claim that the pandemic emerged from a Wuhan wet market.”

NR notes that intelligence sources told Fox News that “the initial transmission of the virus looks to be bat-to-human, and that ‘patient zero’ contracted the disease while working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, before going into the general population.”

As I have noted previously, this lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is China’s first lab rated BSL-4 the highest level of international bio-research safety. However, reports indicate that its research work with bats had been conducted at the lower BSL-2 protection level. Additionally, there is a separate BSL-2 lab in Wuhan at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

While CNN is taking more skeptical approach, it is still conceding the possible biolab link, stating, “An intelligence official familiar with the government analysis said a theory US intelligence officials are investigating is that the virus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, and was accidentally released to the public.”

US intelligence is reportedly reviewing sensitive intelligence collection aimed at the Chinese government to validate the theory. Further buttressing this possibility, The Washington Post has reported on State Department cables from 2018 demonstrating concerns about the safety and the management of the Wuhan Institute of Virology biolab.

When asked about those cables, CNN noted that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — who has continued to call the coronavirus the “Wuhan Virus” did not dismiss them.

As NR reminded, Republican Senator Tom Cotton was one of the first U.S. officials to publicly cast doubt on China’s “wet market” story, citing a Chinese study, which found that the first documented coronavirus case in Wuhan had no connection to the market. He also pointed out the possibility of an accidental biolab leak.

Predictably, the majority of U.S. media then followed the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) playbook and vilified him for suggesting the virus could have come from a lab.

Sadly, rather than both parties rallying against China’s deceptive communist regime, this has become a highly partisan issue. As NR notes, Democrats have mostly dismissed claims of Chinese duplicity, instead focusing criticism on Trump.

“The reason that we are in the crisis that we are today is not because of anything that China did, not because of anything the WHO did, it’s because of what this president did,” Democrat Senator Chris Murphy said as recently as Tuesday.

It is time to make China take full responsibility for its role in this pandemic, and demand absolute transparency from the CPC regarding the origins of COVID-19. Now is not the time for partisanship, now is the time to close ranks and show China that — as we did during the Cold War — partisanship ends at the water’s edge.

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Paul Crespo
Paul Crespo
Paul Crespo is a defense and national security expert. He served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. He holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. Paul is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and a Contributor to American Defense News.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Yep CNN will always give China the benefit of any doubt but will attack our President with complete made up bs. I just don’t understand how this network stays on the air, nothing but disgusting scum including their advertisers.

    • This is China. So why do we do business with the kind of people who will not only start a fatal virus, also attack all lands around the South China but also have over 500 entities working in our financial markets in order to get us to FUND THEM.
      This is just crazy. Oh, that is right Hunter Biden is on a lot of BOARDS OF DIRECTORS.

    • Regardless of where this virus came from a wet market ( they’ve just reopened by the way, so expect some new import soon), china is responsible for the spread period. Time for the world to bring china to its knees for good. These worthless subhuman commie bastards brought this pandemic into the world. Just what good has china done for the world? Go ahead i’m waiting for an answer but i won’t hold my breath waiting.

  2. Everyone knows the Chinese government knew full well – yet still LIED about it. EVERYONE now knows that the WHO covered for those LIES and fed BAD information to the world. The lame stream misleadia keeps in China’s favor – Like Bloomberg firing a reporter and threatening the reporters wife for reporting it. Like Bill Gates and George Soros financially involved with the companies involved in releasing this crap on the world – The LSM protects their benefactors. IF Soros is so closely involved how removed are Obama and Clinton from it? Bith Obama and Clinton are Soros sycophants and Soros is the Democrats puppet master. The rats are protecting each other.

    • Neal,
      I believe this was a coordinated effort between Communist China, and the “deep state” operators in the U.S because all the other “efforts” to unseat our president FAILED.
      This was “plan B”… President Trump is urging “offshore” manufacturing to come back to the U.S with Tax incentives and regulation cuts as well as urging the people in the U.S. to buy goods manufactured here instead of substandard Chinese goods that have been proven to poison us, our children, and our pets. This move alone (if people listened and refused to by Chinese goods) would devastate the Chinese economy as well as “curb” the lucrative payouts by Chinese officials to corrupt U.S politicians that continue to push “new world order”, “one world government”, “globalism”, “free trade”. and “open borders” policies. The spread of this bio-weapon got out of hand, when people were bamboozled by the World health organization by HIDING the FACT that it was transmittable from human to Human and people still continued to “world travel”. This virus spread too fast and too quickly to be a “coincidence”. In MY opinion the world was ATTACKED by Communist China by a BIO-WEAPON. I know I am a “conspiracy theorist” BUT how else would you explain this?
      China’s “allies” are UNAFFECTED.

      • Who are the Chinese “allies” unaffected by this virus?

        While I believe the virus came out of the Wuhan lab, the reason is yet unclear. It COULD have been an accident. But then it could well have been a deliberate attempt to collapse Western economies to bring down their governments. If so, the reason our government would hide that is that the people might demand military retaliation. But we must remember, China has deliverable nuclear weapons. So likely an economic and political war is inevitable.

        However, I doubt our “Deep State”, which does exist and is fanatically opposed to OUR President, would’ve participated in such a biological warfare effort. But if any did and it can be proven, it’d be treason and due to the carnage, punishable by death.

        • You bring up some good points, but then you jump off the deep end about “deep state”. Fortunately you add a disclaimer ” But if any did and it can be proven, “. It can;t and never will be. Any defense attorney with half a brain would automatically disqualify any conservative (who has already made up their mind today of automatic guilt) and probably anyone registered GOP from serving on a jury.

        • Well your last statement proves your naivete’. They are part of the NWO/Soros garbage and are interfering with anything and everything to bring it about. They believe they’ll be part of the elitist cabal.

      • I’m all in. Who can recall the words ‘Made in USA’ on products and foodstuffs. I’ve been boycotting these disgusting bastards for years , it’s been hard but worthwhile. China’s no friend of the USA, never were, and never will be. The same goes for all communist countries.

  3. You want real the facts about who knew what and when; read this: U.S. spy agencies collected raw intelligence hinting at a public health crisis in Wuhan, China, in November, 2019. The intelligence came in the form of communications intercepts and overhead images showing increased activity at health facilities. The intelligence was distributed to some federal public health officials in the form of a “situation report” in late November 2019. The current and former officials said that while there was not a formal assessment produced in November — and hence no “intelligence product” in the jargon of the spy agencies — there was intelligence that caught the attention of public health analysts and fueled formal assessments written in December 2019. That material and other information, including from news and social media reports, ultimately found its way into President Donald Trump’s intelligence briefing book in January. It is unknown if he read the information, but we all know he doesn’t read any briefing bulletins. Even after public health authorities began sounding the alarm in January 2020, Trump took few steps to ready itself for a pandemic. There was no effort to boost national stockpiles of medical equipment or encourage social distancing, for example. While Trump touts his decision to stop flights from China coming to the U.S. on Jan. 31, about 381,000 people had flown from China to the U.S. in January, according to an analysis by the New York Times. Trump Lied; People Died.

  4. As usual CNN is late for the game! We are now in the fourth quarter and you are losing bad. Not enough time for you to make up for your lack of willingness to see the truth!!

  5. China got rid of the Dr.’s and the evidence and now covering up for what they did. They knew in December there was human to human transmission and hid the truth from the world. That gave the virus a HUGE head start and when nations began talking closing their borders China made sure everyone knew there was not a problem. The Chinese LIED AND THAT HAS RESULTED IN DEATH THAT DID NOT NEED TO HAPPEN. China needs to pay for this and politicians need to start talking about how they are going to hold China accountable. Let the DEMOCRAPS keep defending and the Chinese can take the DEMOCRAPS right over the HILL WITH THEM. Good riddance

  6. Stop buying Chinese goods but US goods are not enough for to replace them. We need more and more manufacturer and production. Its time for state congressmen to help on these, stop to much of the politics. Fed up of criticizing and hatred to the president of the the US. JUST HELP TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN……

  7. As an American Citizen By Birth, and having lived a less than sheltered life for 87+ years, I’m given to take the output of our government with a grain of salt. That said, with respect to the spoken output of the government of China, a SHIPLOAD of salt would be appropriate.

  8. I’m all in. Who can recall the words ‘Made in USA’ on products and foodstuffs. Time for worldwide boycott on everything from china.

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