Try as they might, the Mainstream Media will bury any story relating to the likely possibility that COVID-19 did in fact leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
It’s hard to imagine exactly why liberals fear this story so much. Wouldn’t they want to know what caused this global pandemic? Or is it because Donald Trump and other Republicans support it, they can have nothing to do with it? Or do they fear being called ‘racist’?
Whatever their neurotic hang-up is, the evidence cannot be ignored any longer.
Key clues and further evidence are being turned up by private citizens and internet sleuths, not the intelligence community, a key adviser to former President Donald Trump said.
Matthew Pottinger, who served on the Trump National Security Council, made the remarks during the during a recent global security forum.
“I’ve looked at the ledger of circumstantial evidence on both sides,” Pottinger said.
“I would say that the list of evidence accumulating on the side that this was an accidental leak far outweighs the circumstantial evidence on the side that this time it was another natural origin.”
China has worked to thwart international investigators from getting to the bottom of the COVID origin mystery, Pottinger said. But Beijing may be no match for the global, crowdsourced inquiry that is combing through available evidence.
“The things that are emerging from the public space, from enterprising scientists and others who are digging into this, just really as private detectives … the circumstantial evidence is certainly accumulating pretty rapidly on the side of this having been an accidental leak,” he said.
One such detail was revealed last week by online sleuth group DRASTIC. That group released documents showing that EcoHealth Alliance’s Peter Daszak in 2018 unsuccessfully sought a Pentagon contract that involved dangerous “gain-of-function research,” or engineering of a virus to make it more transmissible.
Daszak, a longtime collaborator with China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, has scoffed at the possibility that COVID-19 was created through gain-of-function research. But his group’s $14.2 million proposal to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sought to make bat viruses more dangerous by inserting spike proteins that could bind to human cells.
Pottinger noted that the World Health Organization is attempting to conduct another inquiry in China related to COVID-19’s origins, but he said the U.N. agency likely was not up to the task.
The WHO-China study released in early 2021 deemed the lab leak hypothesis “extremely unlikely,” and meeting minutes with the Wuhan lab dismissed it as a “conspiracy theory.”
The Chinese Communist Party continues to thwart any further investigations, and has even gone so far as to blame the U.S. military for worldwide spread of COVID-19.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney