Exclusivity: People increasingly believe that the COVID-19 outbreak may have originated in Wuhan’s laboratory, although this is not as a biological weapon, but as part of China’s efforts to prove its ability to identify viruses and combat is equal to or greater than its ability. The United States has multiple sources that informed them of the details of the early actions of the Chinese government and assessed relevant materials.
This may be the “costliest government cover-up of all time,” one of the sources said.
The sources believe the initial transmission of the virus – a naturally occurring strain that was being studied there – was bat-to-human and that “patient zero” worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.
The “increasing confidence” comes from classified and open-source documents and evidence, the sources said. Fox News has requested to see the evidence directly. Sources emphasized — as is often the case with intelligence — that it’s not definitive and should not be characterized as such. Some inside the administration and the intelligence and epidemiological communities are more skeptical, and the investigation is continuing.
All sources agree to the comprehensive confidentiality of COVID-19 data and information carefully planned by the Chinese government.
The document describes the early work of laboratory physicians and the early inclusion work. The Wuhan wet market was initially identified as a possible origin of never-sold bats, Sources blamed the wet market for allegations that China has labs and the country’s propaganda efforts against the United States and Italy. tries to transfer.
According to a Washington Post report on Tuesday, officials from the U.S. Embassy warned the Wuhan Institute of Virology that the laboratory was unsafe in January 2018 and passed on information about scientists conducting dangerous studies of the coronavirus with bats.
Responding to the report, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday afternoon: “It should be no surprise to you that we have taken a keen interest in that and we’ve had a lot of intelligence take a hard look at that. I would just say at this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural, but we don’t know for certain.”
“Even today, I see them withholding information and I think we need to do more to continue to press them to share,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, referring to China. Esper added that he wouldn’t speak to “intelligence reporting,” but that “most people believe it began naturally — it was organic, if you will. I think in due course, once we get through the pandemic we’re in right now, there’ll be time to look back and really ascertain what happened and make sure we have a better understanding so we can prevent this in the future.”
Speaking to “The Story” Wednesday evening, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo remarked: “What we do know is we know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was. There is still lots to learn. You should know that the United States government is working diligently to figure it out.”
Speaking about the State Council cable warning regarding the Wuhan laboratory, Pompeo said the device contains “highly infectious materials – we know we know they are implementing this plan, and many countries have such plans. In open, transparent countries, they have the ability to monitor them and ensure their safety, and they allow outside observers to ensure that all processes and procedures are correct. I just hope that happens here. “
The Chinese Foreign Ministry quoted a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday that there was no evidence that the coronavirus came from a laboratory.
Before the Chinese started studying the virus, Americans initially helped train the Chinese in a program called PREVENT. The French government helped the Chinese build the Wuhan laboratory.
China “100 percent” suppressed data and changed data, the sources tell Fox News. Samples were destroyed, contaminated areas scrubbed, some early reports erased, and academic articles stifled.
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