The conspiracy theory that once dare not speak its name is going more mainstream.
On Sunday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that there was no doubt that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab.
“Every piece of evidence that we saw throughout the entire time suggested that this originated in the laboratory, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Pompeo told Fox News.
“I haven’t seen a shred of evidence that suggests to the contrary,” he added to host Maria Bartiromo. “The evidence continues to accumulate despite the fact that the [China Communist Party] would not allow anybody to have access to the laboratory, the original materials, the doctors that were working there.”
Pompeo continued that the “list of the cover-up efforts is staggering and the combination of the circumstantial evidence that we have combined with the intense effort to deny us information about that lab suggest to me strongly that this is where it originated.”
The nation’s former top diplomat also noted that in January the Trump administration gathered evidence that doctors in Wuhan had exhibited coronavirus symptoms back in 2019.
“There’s increasing evidence that the Chinese Communist Party acted at least with reckless negligence and perhaps even worse,” Pompeo said.
“They covered it up terribly,” Pompeo told Bartiromo
Pompeo’s comments followed a report on Friday by Business Insider, which said a group of 18 scientists from America, Britain, Canada, and Switzerland had announced in a letter that they believe the World Health Organization glossed over arguments that the Wuhan lab was responsible.
The WHO released a report of its own investigation that said a lab leak was “extremely unlikely.”
The scientists who signed the letter, published in the journal Science, agreed animal-to-human transmission was plausible.
Yet so was a lab leak. And the WHO did not expend as much energy investigating that as a source.
The letter pointed out that the WHO report devoted just four of its 313 pages to a lab leak scenario.
David Relman, an immunologist at Stanford University’s medical school, told Business Insider that the lab-origin theory “has been hastily dismissed, and in particular by WHO, without careful assessment.”
“We were concerned that too many people, scientists included, were arriving at firmly held strong opinions in the absence of sufficient supporting evidence,” Relman said.
On Sunday, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, the leading Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told Bartiromo that lawmakers on his side want more evidence from the Intelligence Community about its theories of the virus’s origin.
He said Republicans have learned that intelligence analysts “suppressed dissenting views related to the origins of the pandemic and that the community relied upon ‘outside’ experts with concerning yet undisclosed entanglements.”
“We have zero evidence that some dude ate a bat in a wet market,” Nunes told Bartiromo.
“I think that’s important to note because what we’re talking about here is very dangerous potential dangerous leaks and also future biological warfare.”
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