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The theory that the COVID-19 pandemic began as an accidental leak from a BSL-4 bio lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China has gained newfound traction, as Big Media, Big Tech, and the Biden administration furiously backtrack on their previous campaign to smear it as ‘fringe conspiracy.’ The release of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails has only fueled controversy about why the leak theory was so aggressively suppressed.

As I have noted for over 16 months, this accidental leak theory has always provided a very, if not most, likely explanation for the origins of COVID. As we now hopefully focus more on this realistic scenario, we should also focus on the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) role in covert and dual-use biowarfare research programs.

While this current COVID-19 novel coronavirus may not have been an engineered bioweapon, it should still focus attention on China’s very real, clandestine, offensive biowarfare research program.

In March 2020 I wrote an analysis of the CCP’s biowarfare research in a piece for Geostrategy-Direct, also summarized in part in Freepressers. This detailed review is, even more, today than it was then.

I noted then:

Wuhan, the epicenter of the original outbreak, is also the location of China’s first and still only known Bio Safety Lab-4 (BSL-4), known as the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This lab houses some of the world’s most dangerous and contagious viruses and biological agents and is intended to be the first of several more BSL-4 labs across China. 

It has not been established whether this lab is part of China’s dual-use bioweapons research, but here is what is known about China’s program.

Since China is a signatory to the 1984 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) — its clandestine, offensive biological warfare program is covered under the guise of biological warfare defense (biodefense), and civilian technology and facilities that are “dual-use.” The U.S. Air Force Air University (AU) just published a study this month that acknowledged China’s offensive biowarfare capabilities.

The study notes that various reports from the United States in 2010, 2012, and 2014 all state essentially the same thing, “that China likely possesses a covert biological weapons program, but the extent of that program remains unknown to the public.”

The AU study adds, “According to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, it is clear that “China possesses the required technology and resources to mass-produce traditional [biological weapon] agents as well as expertise in aerobiology.” Today, it is likely that China’s current dual-use infrastructure acts as the basis for its offensive biological capability.”

Most recently, the U.S. Department of State 2019 Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments (Compliance Report) – reported that:

Information indicates that the People’s Republic of China (China) engaged during the reporting period in biological activities with potential dual-use applications, which raises concerns regarding its compliance with the BWC.

In addition, the United States does not have sufficient information to determine whether China eliminated its assessed biological warfare (BW) program, as required under Article II of the Convention.

A 2005 US Department of State compliance report identifies two central laboratories with links to an offensive biological weapons program: 

1) the Chinese Ministry of Defense’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS) Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology (IME) in Beijing, and 2) the Lanzhou Institute of Biological Produces (LIBP) — with at least 50 additional laboratories and hospitals being used as biological weapons research facilities.

The full analysis can be read at Geostrategy-Direct, but a subscription is required.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. 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. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Brett Gordon
Brett Gordon
3 months ago

While the release of the Covid-19 virus MAY have been accidental, someone explain how the virus spread to every continent in such a short time. The virus appears to have had plenty of help, and the question should be, “who helped the virus spread so far so fast?”

graceythecat
graceythecat
3 months ago

All the while fauci diverted tax payer funds to support this lab!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 months ago

Just read where new Wuhan virus variant has HIV traits, from Indian E scientists discovery
Very scary