UPDATE 05. September 2021: REMEMBER WHEN THEY MADE FUN OF GADDAFI, AND THEN THEY MURDERED HIM? - Independent International Trial on the Corona Crimes must start now.

UPDATE 03. September 2021: ICAN TURNS UP THE HEAT ON LAB ORIGIN CONTROVERSY

UPDATE 25. August 2021: Just more MSM and Gov. Lies by USA and China, while the World suffers: China slams U.S. intelligence report on origins of coronavirus pandemic + Intelligence community delivers report on COVID-19 origins to Biden

UPDATE 26. May 2021: BIDEN WANTS TO TAKE THE HEAT OFF CCP CHINA AND FAILS TO LOOK AT FT.  DETRICK - Biden Admin Shuts Down Trump’s Investigation into Origins of China Virus — Then Turns It Over to Crooked Intel Community and Asks China to Help + Covid-19 origins: Joe Biden gives US intelligence 90 days to find more information, says lab leak theory is being considered

UPDATE 22. May 2021: U.S. Congress intelligence committee wants investigation into origin of virus`

UPDATE 02. May 2021: Also former British top-spy out to confuse - - against the evidence

UPDATE 21. April 2021: “SARS-Cov-2 Laboratory Accident?”. U.S. Intelligence and MIT Review validated Manmade Virus’ Theory

ICYMI: The Chinese Communist Party’s Global Lockdown Fraud - Request for expedited federal investigation into scientific fraud in COVID‑19 public health policies (Ed.: ... fails to look within the USA)

PROLOGUE: The 5-Eyes agencies are obviously out to obfuscate 

Over a year and $85bn later, US spies still don’t know ‘where, when or how’ Covid-19 hit the world – but it ‘could've been a lab’

Over a year and $85bn later, US spies still don’t know ‘where, when or how’ Covid-19 hit the world – but it ‘could've been a lab’
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats © Reuters

By Kit Klarenberg - 17 April 2021

The question of how SARS-CoV-2 came to wreak havoc on the planet is one many have asked but none, so far, have answered. The truth is out there, but the very people on the case could have every reason to ensure it doesn’t emerge.

On April 14, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines revealed that after over a year of determined sleuthing, US spying agencies had no concrete answers on basic questions regarding the origins of the 2019 coronavirus. 

“It is absolutely accurate the intelligence community does not know exactly where, when, or how Covid-19 virus was transmitted initially,” Haines told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Components have coalesced around two alternative theories, these scenarios are it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals, or it was a laboratory accident.”

This time last year, Donald Trump alleged he’d seen evidence confirming covid was laboratory-made and, throughout 2020, former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove also claimed the virus was “an engineered escapee” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 

Haines’ public admission that a “laboratory accident” is a possible explanation is significant because intelligence services have thus far been quick to dismiss the suggestion as a conspiracy theory whenever it’s been aired in public. In response to Trump’s statement for example, the Director of National Intelligence’s office firmly refuted the idea Covid-19 was “manmade or genetically modified.” Of course, the virus could be neither and still have escaped from a lab.

WHO, what, why, where and Wuhan?

While the World Health Organization (WHO) is yet to comment on Haines’ seeming change of heart, the lab theory stands in stark contrast with the agency’s long-held public position. In March, it issued a report, based on the findings of an international team of scientists who spent four weeks in Wuhan probing covid’s origins. They concluded that of all the various explanations, a laboratory leak was by far and away the least likely.

For many though, the report raised far more questions than it answered. Even WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was critical of the team’s investigation – his response to the scientists’ public presentation of their findings was measured yet withering. 

“The team…visited several laboratories in Wuhan and considered the possibility that the virus entered the human population as a result of a laboratory incident. I do not believe this assessment was extensive enough,” he said. “Further data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions…this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy.”

Quite an indictment of the 10-strong squad of researchers, considering they had been presented by the mainstream media ahead of their excursion as unimpeachable, world-class authorities on virology and public health determined – and destined – to get to the truth. That their investigation of the laboratory leak theory was so undercooked is particularly striking given the only US-based representative on the team, Peter Daszak, is President of EcoHealth Alliance, which has in recent years conducted extensive work with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). 

Friends and funding

Then again, Daszak would have a great many reasons for leaving certain stones unturned. For one, he’s a close friend and ardent supporter of Shi Zhengli, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at WIV, who has been repeatedly forced to deny her lab was the source of coronavirus. In June 2020, Scientific American described the pair as “long-time collaborators” – Daszak also staunchly defended his associate, stating she “leads a world-class lab of the highest standards,” and rubbished allegations she or her organization were in any way responsible for covid’s spread.

From 2014 to 2019, Daszak worked with Zhengli on investigating and cataloging bat coronaviruses across China, an initiative funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the tune of $3.7 million. Thereafter, the EcoHealth chief transferred this effort to the University of North Carolina, where he began ‘gain-of-function’ research on coronaviruses and chimeras in humanized mice. 

In a December 2019 interview, he somewhat ominously told virologist Vincent Racaniello that some coronaviruses may “get into human cells,” one can “manipulate in the lab pretty easily,” are untreatable with antibodies, and “you can’t vaccinate against them with a vaccine.”

NIH withdrew its backing for the EcoHealth project in April 2020 under pressure from the Trump administration, a move that garnered significant sympathetic media attention for the organisation, and Daszak. The move was reversed to much fanfare in August, and EcoHealth’s funding more than doubled to $7.5 million. However, what no media outlet noted at any stage was the non-profit’s NIH support represents a negligible fraction of its US government income. The overwhelming majority of EcoHealth’s revenue, accounting for almost $40 million between 2013 and 2020, flows from the Department of Defense (DoD).

What happened in 2019? 

A State Department factsheet on WIV published in January notes that “several researchers” at the Institute became sick in autumn 2019, “before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses,” raising questions about the credibility of Zhengli’s claims that there was “zero infection” among WIV staff and students prior to the pandemic. 

The factsheet also asserted that “scientists in China have researched animal-derived coronaviruses under conditions that increased the risk for accidental and potentially unwitting exposure,” and “secret Chinese military projects” may have been conducted at the Institute since at least 2017.

Perhaps predictably, there was no mention that the US military may have funded, whether directly or indirectly, projects conducted at WIV. It’s notable that $34.6 million of EcoHealth’s DoD funding came from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a Pentagon division working to “counter and deter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threat networks.” 

‘Rumours and misinformation’ 

Daszak’s clear conflict of interest in the WHO probe is rendered all the more shocking when one considers he was lead author of a joint statement published in The Lancet in February 2020, which strongly condemned “rumours and misinformation” relating to covid – namely, that it may have emerged from a laboratory. 

“Conspiracy theories do nothing but create fear, rumours, and prejudice that jeopardise our global collaboration in the fight against this virus,” the statement, signed by 27 scientists – four of whom hold positions with EcoHealth – contended. 

The letter’s publication was highly significant, as it publicly cemented the notion of a scientific consensus around covid’s origins. This ‘consensus’ emerged shortly after a draft genome of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 had been released for analysis. As MIT’s Technology Reviewnotes, numerous scientists who’d begun studying the draft were surprised by what they found. 

Among them was Nikolai Petrovsky, a highly-regarded professor at Australia’s Flinders University and chair of Vaxine, a company that develops immunizations for infectious diseases, which since 2005 has received millions in NIH funding. 

“[Computer modeling] generated a startling result: the spike proteins studding SARS-CoV-2 bound more tightly to their human cell receptor, a protein called ACE2, than target receptors on any other species evaluated. In other words, SARS-CoV-2 was surprisingly well adapted to its human prey, which is unusual for a newly emerging pathogen,” Technology Review records. 

Petrovsky and his associates immediately set about writing a speculative paper asking whether the virus was “completely natural” or had originated from “a recombination event that occurred inadvertently or intentionally in a laboratory handling coronaviruses.” 

The virological is political 

But Petrovsky struggled to find a publisher, with at least one open access repository rejecting his work outright. It wasn’t until May 2020 that the paper was finally released, and by that time suggestions of a lab leak had been comprehensively discredited – not least due to Trump’s pronouncements on the matter having made the issue political. 

As Technology Review notes, it had become “career suicide for scientists to voice suspicions about a possible lab leak,” and the community was “unwilling to challenge the orthodoxy” as a result. In turn, it was virtually impossible for journalists to write credible stories questioning covid’s origins without being branded Trump apologists, conspiracy theorists, or worse. 

The WHO Director General’s pledge to redeploy experts to Wuhan has prompted several scientists, who reluctantly fell victim to this conspiracy of silence, to come forward and voice their concerns. It also raises the prospect that some answers might finally be found. 

One would hope that between the WHO, grossly overpaid US intelligence services ($85 billion last year), and millions of independent researchers the world over, the truth may one day emerge. But one shouldn’t hold one’s breath. When powerful people have a vested interest in suppressing inconvenient facts, secrets can be kept forever, and that’s without factoring in the cottage industry that has emerged dedicated to stigmatizing laboratory accident explanations for the pandemic.

A case in point; The Lancet has established a 12-member COVID Commission panel to investigate the origins of the virus. Its chair is none other than the ubiquitous Peter Daszak – and half his taskforce’s members were signatories to the February 2020 statement that did so much to muzzle so many. 

 

Author:

Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions.

Peter Daszak and EcoHealth have been approached for comment.

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UPDATES:

PROLOGUE: The USA under Joe Biden is apparently not able to cut through the crap, come clean by and for themselves concerning the crimes committed since Obama against the biological weapons conventions and then focus on the crimes committed by China, because both, Joe and his son Hunter Biden are under the spell of a serious blackmail operation, which CCP China has put together and holds against them. Billions are at stake for the Biden family business - in what is FOREIGN COLLUSION.

The world therefore can not longer wait. The already pending cases at the ICC must be accelerated and an Independent International Trial on the Corona Crimes must be launched, which does not rely on the Americans or any other of the governments involved in these crimes against humanity - like Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Italy or Israel or, as shown above, even Luxemburg.

REMEMBER WHEN THEY MADE FUN OF GADDAFI, AND THEN THEY MURDERED HIM?

First published on BITCHUTE September 5th, 2021.

Death to the New World Order

INTEL: https://t.me/joinchat/U75vrBGqP7Paae7y
When I was broadcasting I covered these things, and watched in disgust as the evil New World Order controlled mainstream media put fake graphics on the screen lying to the world stating that Gaddafi had fled his own country. At the exact same time I was showing video on my broadcasts of him standing in front of his headquarters in front of throngs of people who loved him, with both fists in the air shouting "IAM HERE"! "I AM HERE"! Of course I got that video around as best I could but things were limited in that day compared to now and not long after that they murdered him, perhaps the greatest hope for the continent of Africa. I won't go into all the details of what he was doing or how he treated his people but it was Far and Away nothing like what the people here were told. If their lips are moving than they are lying, and it is your responsibility to seek the truth or you know not what you do. Death to the New World Order

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ICAN TURNS UP THE HEAT ON LAB ORIGIN CONTROVERSY

First published on BITCHUTE September 3rd, 2021.

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ICAN TURNS UP THE HEAT ON LAB ORIGIN CONTROVERSY

As China tries to blame the United States for the SARS -CoV-2 lab leak, here in the U.S., the ICAN legal team continues to file FOIA requests and legal cases against government agencies, to help uncover whether American scientists were involved in gain-of-function viruses at the Wuhan lab.

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Just more MSM and Gov. Lies by USA and China, while the World suffers:

China slams U.S. intelligence report on origins of coronavirus pandemic

By Eva Dou and Pei Lin Wu - 25. August 2021 

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. (Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images) 

Beijing rolled out a multipronged attack on U.S. intelligence agencies on Wednesday after President Biden received a long-anticipated intelligence report that is reported to be inconclusive about the origins of the novel coronavirus. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin accused the United States of using coronavirus origin-tracing to suppress other countries, and he called the report political instead of scientific. He also pushed back against criticism from U.S. officials that China has obstructed international efforts to get information about the earliest days of the pandemic.

“The United States says it lacks information from China,” Wang said at the ministry’s daily news conference, according to the state-run China News Service. “I can tell the United States that this is just an excuse to cover up the failure of its intelligence in origin tracing.”

Biden receives inconclusive intelligence report on covid origins

The U.S. intelligence report is the result of a 90-day reviewthat Biden ordered in May, after limited progress by the World Health Organization in determining the cause of the pandemic. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and others have criticized China, saying it has hindered efforts to find the pandemic’s origin.

Debate over the coronavirus’s origins has raged for most of the pandemic, with no direct proof for any of the theories, and prominent scientists backing different stances.

Much of the Chinese response this week seemed preplanned for worst-case scenarios of what the U.S. report might say. State media blasted U.S. intelligence agencies for cherry-picking evidence to support a predetermined conclusion, even as sources told The Washington Post the report is inconclusive about whether the virus may have come about in a natural process or escaped from a lab.

The push included statements this week from multiple Chinese embassies around the world — an increasingly frequent occurrence, as Beijing encourages its diplomats to be more forceful in defending the country.

China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Chen Xu, sent a letter Monday to Tedros, declaring that the U.S. military lab at Fort Detrick in Maryland is the one that should be under investigation, instead of any Chinese labs, according to a statement from the Chinese mission in Geneva. The mission said Tedros was also sent a petition signed by 25 million Chinese netizens requesting an investigation of the Fort Detrick lab.

The Chinese Embassy in Egypt held a news conference on Monday to denounce the U.S. intelligence report as a product of conspiracy theories.

Beijing’s publicity campaign against U.S. intelligence agencies appeared to find a ready domestic audience, tapping into long-standing mistrust in China about how Western intelligence agencies operate. The hashtag “Dig out the dark history of U.S. intelligence agencies” was trending on Wednesday, with more than 10 million views on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

Chinese state media outlets ran lengthy reports accusing U.S. intelligence agencies of fabricating information for political purposes, with many of them mentioning the faulty intelligence that Iraq had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, which President George W. Bush used as justification for the Iraq War. They also mentioned historic links between American journalists and the CIA.

“The U.S. intelligence agencies are notorious,” one commentary piece in the state-run People’s Daily international edition said. “Who would believe that its investigation conclusions are impartial and professionally authoritative?”

Beijing’s attack on the CIA seemed partly aimed at deflecting international criticism about China’s lack of cooperation with the coronavirus origins search.

China declared last month it will no longer cooperate with the World Health Organization’s probe, after the organization’s leadership said they believed further review of Chinese virology labs was merited.

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Replay of the narratives. Another 6 months waisted in the delay game only shows that the goal is for all to delay until the global 'vaccination' plan is seen through.

Stop dodging and open Fort Detrick and UNC bio labs for COVID origin investigation!

Aug 25, 2021

Global Times: It is reported that according to US officials, the US intelligence report on the origins of COVID-19 is not likely to “yield a definitive conclusion on whether the new coronavirus jumped to humans naturally, or via a lab leak, in part because of the lack of the detailed information from China”. Does the foreign ministry have any comment? Wang Wenbin: The US Government draws on the intelligence apparatus to publish the so-called report on origins tracing. Its aim is not to get to the bottom of the origins of the virus, or to form a scientific report based on facts and scientific methods. What the US is really up to is to shift the responsibility of its failure in pandemic response domestically and scapegoat China. Such a report to plant evidence that is all about politics, naturally will not reach any scientific conclusion on origins tracing of COVID-19, but will only interfere in and undermine the global efforts of origins tracing and cooperation on pandemic response. The allegation of lack of information from China is just an excuse to cover up the US’ own failure in relying on intelligence to trace the origins of the virus. I want to tell the US side that Chinese and WHO experts have released a joint origins study report, which contains abundant authoritative and valuable information. The US is the country with the highest number of infections and deaths in the world, and the worst outward spread of the virus. The timeline of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US has been constantly revised to earlier dates, with the connection between Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina biological laboratories and the novel coronavirus shrouded by suspicions. The international community strongly asks the US side to be open and transparent and provide detailed information on this. The US side has been dodging these questions. It remains reticent and puts up obstacles. This only shows that the US has a guilty conscience. What it cares about is not how to find the origins of the virus, but how to use the issue to suppress other countries and serve its own interests.

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Intelligence community delivers report on COVID-19 origins to Biden

By Olivia Gazis  

Washington — The U.S. intelligence community has delivered findings from its 90-day investigation into the origins of COVID-19 to President Biden, a White House official said, acknowledging receipt of the report on Wednesday.

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"The President was briefed on the classified report," the official said. "We look forward to having an unclassified summary of key judgments to share soon."

But the highly anticipated conclusion of the inquiry may rekindle, rather than settle, debate about the virus' origins and whether a research facility in Wuhan, China, bears any responsibility for starting the pandemic. Intelligence officials have for weeks downplayed the likelihood that agencies would arrive at a definitive conclusion, citing the Chinese government's lack of cooperation and early obfuscation of relevant data.  

President Biden expected to receive U.S. Intelligence report on coronavirus origins

In a briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there would be an unclassified version of the report released publicly in the coming days, but she said she didn't know "what format that will take yet."

It was not immediately clear whether the White House would order a second investigation if the results of the inquiry are wholly inconclusive. Some lawmakers have called for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the source of the outbreak, and Republicans in the House have launched several investigations of their own into the matter.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 4 million lives worldwide, with the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus adding to its toll amid a rapid spread through vulnerable and unvaccinated populations. Insight into how the virus first infected humans is crucial to preventing and containing future outbreaks, public health officials say.   

In May, the president asked the intelligence community to "redouble" its efforts to identify where and how the virus originated. In a statement at the time, Mr. Biden said that U.S. intelligence agencies had "coalesced around two likely scenarios," but remained split as to which one was more likely.  

Intelligence officials have said since 2020 that agencies were weighing the possibility that the virus emerged naturally, through human contact with an infected animal, and the possibility that it was the result of a lab accident. They ruled out early on that the virus was man-made.  

Debate surrounding the virus' origin intensified this spring after it emerged that workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a top laboratory in China where research on bat coronaviruses was conducted, fell ill in November of 2019. The first confirmed cases of the virus occurred in December 2019 in Wuhan.  

China has pushed back forcefully on suggestions the virus emerged from the Wuhan lab. Its government has in recent weeks amplified a baseless claim that the U.S. military designed and released the virus.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued preliminary findings in March that said it was "extremely unlikely" that COVID-19 originated as the result of a laboratory accident, but the organization's own director general — amid a global backlash that the WHO had caved to Chinese pressure — later said those findings were "premature."  

In recent months, senior U.S. officials have warned that the results of their 90-day inquiry could ultimately be unsatisfying, despite a multi-agency push to arrive at an answer. 

In June, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines acknowledged in an interview with Yahoo News that a "smoking gun" piece of evidence could remain elusive. 

"It might happen, but it might not," she said.  

Haines added that U.S. intelligence analysts were working with foreign intelligence partners and outside scientific experts to collect as much new information as possible.  

In the interview, Haines also said analysts were examining the possibility of a hybrid scenario involving both of the working theories.

"It could be, for example, a scenario in which a scientist comes into contact with an animal that they're sampling from," contracting the virus that way, she said.  

CIA Director William Burns said in an interview last month it was "possible" the virus's origins may never be known.  

"It is possible, like so many things that we may never be able to come to a definitive judgment [on]," Burns said, "but it's not going to be for lack of hard work or effort on this issue to try to uncover as much as we can about what happened." 

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BIDEN WANTS TO TAKE THE HEAT OFF CCP CHINA AND FAILS TO LOOK AT FT.  DETRICK

Biden is now saying that there will be a 90-day review before there will be even any further comment on the matter.

JUST IN – No statements on COVID-19 origin until the completion of a new 90-day review, says White House Deputy Press Secretary.pic.twitter.com/M21C3juR18

— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) May 26, 2021

There must not be any easy way out allowed for Dr. Anthony Fauci by making calls for his resignation only - for obfuscating in Congressional testimony about the NIH’s funding of Wuhan lab viral projects. Fauci recently admitted that the virus may have come from the Wuhan lab, changing his earlier position that he staked out in testimony. Dr. Doom must be put on trial.

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Biden Admin Shuts Down Trump’s Investigation into Origins of China Virus — Then Turns It Over to Crooked Intel Community and Asks China to Help

By Jim Hoft - 26. May 2021

Earlier today the Biden Administration shut down a Trump State Department investigation into the origins of the China virus.

The Trump team was investigating on whether the virus was spread out of a lab in Wuhan, China in late 2019.  All evidence points to this theory in the origin of this deadly virus.

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter “Biden protects China” after this news broke earlier today.

President Biden sides with China, WHO and the liberal media on Wuhan virus—joining the “nothing to see here crowd” by shutting down State Dept. pandemic origin investigation I commenced.

This isn’t political. America must lead on this.https://t.co/9cjyeDmpj9

— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) May 26, 2021

Then later this morning Joe Biden announced that he asked the intelligence community to investigate the the origins of the Wuhan Virus and asked China to cooperate.

You just can’t make this up!

COVID-19 origin: Biden asks US intel community to investigate, calls on China to cooperate https://t.co/HWuekEAEkX #Coronavirus

— Oneindia News (@Oneindia) May 26, 2021

Apparently, all of those millions and millions of dollars China gave Hunter Biden is paying off!

 

Author:

Jim Hoft is the founder and editor of The Gateway Pundit, one of the top conservative news outlets in America. Jim was awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2013 and is the proud recipient of the Breitbart Award for Excellence in Online Journalism from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in May 2016.

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Covid-19 origins: Joe Biden gives US intelligence 90 days to find more information, says lab leak theory is being considered

US intelligence agencies have “coalesced” around two key theories explaining how the Covid pandemic started. Only one of them can be true.

By Sam Clench - 26. May 2021

Dr Anthony Fauci, a top adviser to President Biden on the coronavirus pandemic, said he’s ‘not convinced’ the deadly virus developed naturally....

Fauci ‘not convinced’ COVID developed naturally

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US President Joe Biden has given US intelligence agencies 90 days to find more information about the origins of coronavirus, in the hope of reaching a “definitive conclusion”.

In a revealing statement today, Mr Biden said the intelligence community had “coalesced” around two possibilities – that Covid-19 emerged from human contact with an infected animal, or that it came from a lab accident in China.

He said one “element” of the intelligence community was “leaning” towards the lab theory, while two elements were leaning towards the animal theory.

The majority of US agencies, however, believe there is insufficient evidence to draw a conclusion either way.

Mr Biden’s order comes days after The Wall Street Journal revealed three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were sick enough to seek hospital care in November 2019. [N.B.: They re-published, since it wa known since 2020.]

That article added fuel to the theory that Covid-19 leaked from the lab, and today’s statement from the President confirms it is being actively considered.

President Joe Biden has said the lab leak theory is being considered as US intelligence agencies try to discover the origins of coronavirus. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

President asks for redoubling of efforts from intelligence agencies

The President started his statement with an implicit swipe at his predecessor, Donald Trump, who repeatedly promoted the lab theory throughout last year.

“Back in early 2020, when Covid-19 emerged, I called for the CDC to get access to China to learn about the virus so we could fight it more effectively. The failure to get our inspectors on the ground in those early months will always hamper any investigation into the origin of Covid-19,” Mr Biden said.

“Nevertheless, shortly after I became President, in March, I had my national security adviser task the intelligence community [IC] to prepare a report on the most up-to-date analysis of the origins of Covid-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.

“I received that report earlier this month, and asked for additional follow-up.

“Here is [the IC’s] current position: ‘While two elements in the IC lean toward the former scenario and one leans more toward the latter, each with low or moderate confidence, the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.’

“I have now asked the IC to redouble their efforts to collect and analyse information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days.

“As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China. I have also asked that this effort include work by our national labs and other agencies of our government to augment the IC’s efforts. And I have asked the IC to keep Congress fully apprised of its work.

“The United States will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Picture: Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The Biden administration has previously focused on pushing the World Health Organisation (WHO) to further investigate the pandemic’s origins.

“It is our position that we need to get to the bottom of this, and we need a completely transparent process from China. We need the WHO to assist in that matter. We don’t feel like we have that now,” Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior Covid response adviser, said during yesterday’s media briefing.

“We need to get to the bottom of this, whatever the answer may be.”

Trump says he has been proven right

In recent days, Mr Trump has again highlighted the lab theory, saying his claims last year have been proven right.

“Now everybody is agreeing that I was right when I very early on called Wuhan as the source of Covid-19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus,” he wrote on his blog yesterday.

“To me it was obvious from the beginning, but I was badly criticised, as usual. Now they are all saying, ‘He was right.’ Thank you!”

To be clear, both theories involve the virus originating in Wuhan, whether it came from the region’s wet markets or the lab.

However Mr Trump is certainly correct that many in the media and the Democratic Party dismissed the lab theory last year.

This week CNN reported the Biden administration had shut down a Trump-era State Department investigation, which sought to prove the theory, over concerns about “the quality of its work”.

The current State Department hit back at the story, saying the investigation had completed its work, though sources involved with the inquiry disputed that.

Australia is among the countries that have demanded an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last year that it was “entirely reasonable and sensible” to investigate the matter thoroughly, but China did not take the comments well.

“Now, it would seem entirely reasonable and sensible that the world would want to have an independent assessment of how this all occurred, so we can learn the lessons and prevent it from happening again,” Mr Morrison said at the time.

Author:

Sam Clench

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How can shameless WallStreetJournal call their article below "Exclusive"? The reported facts are known since 2020.

Intelligence on Sick Staff at Wuhan Lab Fuels Debate on Covid-19 Origin

Report says researchers went to hospital in November 2019, shortly before confirmed outbreak; adds to calls for probe of whether virus escaped lab

Lab Theory ‘Extremely Unlikely’: What WHO Team Learned in Wuhan

The WHO lie: "Lab Theory ‘Extremely Unlikely’: What WHO Team Learned in Wuhan" - The World Health Organization’s mission to Wuhan said the coronavirus most likely spread naturally to humans through an animal. WSJ’s Jeremy Page reports on what scientists learned during their weekslong investigation. Photo: Thomas Peter/Reuters

By WSJ - 23. May 2021

WASHINGTON—Three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report that could add weight to growing calls for a fuller probe of whether the Covid-19 virus may have escaped from the laboratory.

The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.”

The disclosure of the number of researchers, the timing of their illnesses and their hospital visits come on the eve of a meeting of the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, which is expected to discuss the next phase of an investigation into Covid-19’s origins.

Current and former officials familiar with the intelligence about the lab researchers expressed differing views about the strength of the supporting evidence for the assessment. One person said that it was provided by an international partner and was potentially significant but still in need of further investigation and additional corroboration.

Another person described the intelligence as stronger. “The information that we had coming from the various sources was of exquisite quality. It was very precise. What it didn’t tell you was exactly why they got sick,” he said, referring to the researchers.

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U.S. Congress intelligence committee wants investigation into origin of virus

https://www.neopresse.com/wp-content/uploads/fbi.5bc5d0a7a5329-777x437.jpgBy NP - 22. May 2021

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, is urging Joe Biden and his Director of National Intelligence to release intelligence related to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, conduct a full investigation into the origins of Covid-19, and release information about any U.S. funding for the Wuhan lab, according to a report on "MSN."

Officials from both the Trump and Biden administrations said the Chinese government has been working for more than a year to thwart an independent investigation into the origins of the virus, which is believed to have killed 3.37 million people worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Accidental laboratory outbreak?

Both administrations fault the way the study was conducted by China and the World Health Organization (WHO) in early 2021. Although the report states that a jump of the virus from animal to human is most likely, Trump officials have pointed to an accidental outbreak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a highly plausible origin for the pandemic.

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Republican Devin Nunes, the ranking GOP member on the committee, is expected to release a report on China and Covid-19 later this week. The U.S. newspaper The Washington Examiner also claims to have obtained a letter in which Nunes wrote to Biden and his intelligence chief, Avril Haines, urging the Biden administration to have federal authorities investigate the origins of the virus.

Nunes wrote that "in the course of the congressional committee's investigation, 'substantial circumstantial evidence' was found to support the theory that a laboratory leak may have been responsible for the creation of Covid-19." Nunes reported his call to Joe Biden in an interview with "Fox News" on Sunday. Further circumstantial evidence would also indicate that U.S. nonprofit organizations have provided money to China's virus research projects, Nunes added.

Dr. Fauci, health adviser to President Trump and President Biden, said according to the report that while the National Institutes of Health had not funded the research at the Wuhan lab, he "didn't really know what the Chinese lab had been up to."

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Also former British top-spy still out to confuse

- against the evidence

PROLOGUE: Ex-MI6 boss Dearlove seems to become old by now and might have forgotten that he uttered the same lines already last year in May 2020. See: SARS-CoV-2 a human-created virus says Australian research Or is he just preparing for a launch of a book for which someone might have paid him to further try and diffuse the truth? However, it is clear that all the 5-Eyes agencies know very well that it is a lab-made contagion and they were very well aware what was going on in the BSL-4 lab in Wuhan, dubbed WUHAN 34.

MI6 Chief Backs Wuhan Lab Theory, Blasts China’s Co-Opting of Scientific Community

By Natalie Winters - 02. May 2021

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A former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service insisted it was “far more likely” COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab as opposed to originating in nature, calling out “significant Chinese influence” from preventing an open debate on virus origins. 

Sir Richard Dearlove, who headed the agency between 1999 and 2004, added that aspects of the virus “point in the direction of it being somewhat tailored.” Dearlove also slammed the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of relevant data and the recent World Health Organization investigation as “farcical.”

“I think there’s a balance of probability. Obviously, if it cannot be proven, and I don’t think it can, because the evidence that could have proved it one way or another has been destroyed, because of the extent of the Chinese clean up,” Dearlove asserted.

While he conceded “it’s possible” the virus jumped to humans from nature, the former intelligence chief reasoned “it’s far more likely, if you’re a scientist, that it was put together.”

“I think the onus is on the Chinese to prove that it’s zoonotic because the evidence strongly suggests to me and a number of eminent scientists that the greater probability is is that it’s a lab escapee,” he adds while asking for an “open debate” on the origins of COVID-19. “I think that there is a significant Chinese influence active in this specific area, and China has worked very, very hard in terms of influence in finance to make sure their narrative is dominant,” he emphasizes.

Author:

 is an Investigative Reporter at the National Pulse and contributor to The National Pulse podcast.

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'Far more likely' coronavirus came from lab, ex-MI6 chief tells LBC

By Will Taylor - 02. May 2021

Coronavirus was more likely to have escaped from a lab than to have come from an animal, the former head of MI6 has told LBC.

Sir Richard Dearlove said aspects of the virus "point in the direction of it being somewhat tailored" though he warned this may never be proven.

 

The former "C" of the Secret Intelligence Service – equivalent to "M" in James Bond – also told LBC's Tom Swarbrick that more information on the coronavirus' origin will soon come out.

Some have theorised the coronavirus could have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Work to establish the origin of the virus is ongoing.

Sir Richard, who headed up the spy agency between 1999 and 2004, told Tom the World Health Organisation's report, which said a lab leak was highly unlikely but further work was needed, was a "farcical investigation".

Dearlove was 'C' of MI6 for five years
Dearlove was 'C' of MI6 for five years. Picture: PA

While he admitted "it's possible" the virus jumped to humans from nature, Sir Richard said: "But the fact that... it's far more likely, if you're a scientist, that it was put together.

"All right, put it like this… It's a natural virus that's been, as it were, mucked around with and the characteristics of things like the spike protein, which make it so highly infectious, also point in the direction of it being somewhat tailored."

He alleged that Chinese influence was hindering the publication of scientific articles on the matter.

Read more: Aid to China slashed by 95% in overseas assistance cuts

“I honestly don't think that this issue can be resolved one way or another," he continued.

"I think there's a balance of probability. Obviously, if it cannot be proven, and I don't think it can, because the evidence that could have proved it one way or another has been destroyed, because of the extent of the Chinese clean up.

"Okay, so you can't prove it's zoonotic. You can't prove it's a lab escapee. What I'm saying is there's a balance of probability."

Some have theorised the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan
Some have theorised the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan. Picture: Photo by YFC / Costfoto/Sipa USA

He expects forthcoming books to further outline the argument for coronavirus' lab origin.

Sir Richard described China as a more "acute" threat, though he added that Russia presents the most immediate challenge.

He also said the UK should commit to training the security forces in Afghanistan for another two decades, after President Joe Biden announced the Americans would leave ahead of the September 11 20-year anniversary.

It is a "mistake" to leave and the UK had become safer by deposing the old Taliban regime, he argued.

"It could be (another 20 year stay)," Sir Richard said."I'm not arguing for the massive deployment of troops. I'm arguing for the continued training and equipping of Afghan forces to fight this battle.

"I mean, you can't really afford now to have these geopolitical vacuums when there are such potent threats."

Islamist terror remains the biggest threat to the UK, and far-right terrorism has "so far" been more containable, he said.

In the wide-ranging interview, Sir Richard also said freedom of movement in Europe and the migrant crisis throughout the 2010s had impacted British security "to an extent".

Asked about reports of Boris Johnson and the use of his phone – with suggestions in recent days that his number was readily available online, and news he has been contactable by people in the private sector – Sir Richard said: "Politicians and phones have always been a problem.

"It is not a unique problem to any single politician, every single politician I have ever known, foreign and British, have used their phones in a way which probably is unwise, that's the nature of political life.

"It's not to do with the behaviour of politician

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“SARS-Cov-2 Laboratory Accident?”. U.S. Intelligence and MIT Review validated Manmade Virus’ Theory

WUHAN-GATES – 36

By Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio - 21. April 2020

The SARS-Cov-2 virus may have come out of a laboratory. To admit it, this time, is the head of the most important secret services in the world: the American ones.

WUHAN-GATES – 36. “SARS-Cov-2 Laboratory Accident?”. Us Intelligence and MIT Review validated Manmade Virus’ Theory

But she is also an old acquaintance of Gospa News who in four different inquiries and in the book WuhanGates defined her as the “prophetess of the pandemic” for predicting a terrible Coronavirus respiratory disease during a conference in 2018, having called for a “world order” (evocative of the NWO) and having led the suspected Event 201 drill, on a simulated planetary contagion, funded, among others, by Bill & Melinda Gates.

Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence.

On April 14, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines revealed that after over a year of determined sleuthing, US spying agencies had no concrete answers on basic questions regarding the origins of the 2019 coronavirus.

“It is absolutely accurate the intelligence community does not know exactly where, when, or how Covid-19 virus was transmitted initially,” Haines told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Components have coalesced around two alternative theories, these scenarios are it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals, or it was a laboratory accident.”

INTELLIGENCE AND THE LABORATORY VIRUS

To report the sensational statements of the head of the ODNI, the office that coordinates the entire US Intelligence Community on which 17 federal agencies depend, including the most powerful on earth such as Central Intelligence Agency CIA (civil counter-espionage) and National Security Agency NSA (the 007 military) was the German investigative journalist Kit Klarenberg in an excellent article on Russia Today in which the history of the pandemic was reconstructed through intelligence and science analysis.

The admission, even if only hypothetical of the ‘laboratory leak’ (a more moderate theory than that of an intentional release that emerged during our 45 reportages on the subject), is a sensational revelation for three reasons.

Firstly, because the lawyer Haines, long-time Democrat wanted by Joseph Biden at the top of American intelligence and appointed by the Senate the day after the inauguration of the new president in the White House, confirms the allegations of the SARS-Cov-2 built artificially launched by former President Donald Trump, immediately accused of conspiracy by the Dems themselves.

The second reason is detailed by the same journalist "Around this time last year, Donald Trump claimed to have seen evidence confirming that covid had been produced in a laboratory and, throughout 2020, former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove also claimed that the virus was "an engineered fugitive" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Haines' public admission that a "laboratory accident" is a possible explanation is significant because the intelligence services have so far been quick to dismiss the suggestion as a conspiracy theory whenever it has been aired in public. In response to Trump's statement, for example, the office of the Director of National Intelligence (Haines' predecessor - ed) had firmly rejected the idea that Covid-19 was 'man-made or genetically modified'. Obviously, the virus could be neither and it still escaped from a laboratory'.

Finally, this revelation is important for what it conceals rather than for what it reveals. Ironically Klarenberg, in fact, in his conclusion recalls how much the US allocates to its spy agencies: 'One hopes that between the WHO, the vastly overpaid US intelligence services ($85 billion last year) and millions of independent researchers around the world, the truth will one day emerge. But one should not hold one's breath. When powerful people have a vested interest in suppressing inconvenient facts, secrets can be kept forever, and that's regardless of the cottage industry that has emerged dedicated to stigmatising laboratory accident explanations for the pandemic'.

FROM CIA TO PANDEMIC PROPHETESS

One of the cleverly concealed secrets of the Director of National Intelligence is her undoubted knowledge of Coronaviruses that led her to make that prophecy about the impending pandemic emergency at a 2018 Camdem lecture, three years after the same prediction made by Bil Gates on the TED show, and a year before Biden's prediction in the fall of 2019 at the height of the election campaign.

Haines, in fact, was deputy director of the CIA (and then deputy White House national security adviser) during the years when the Obama-Biden administration, together with the Gates foundation, funded the dangerous experiments on superviruses with viral charges enhanced by Functional Gain for "dual use" purposes (vaccine and bioarma) in the laboratories of the Wuhan Institute of Virology and North Carolina University in Chapel Hill. What's more, she is a great expert on biological weapons, so much so that she is a consultant in this field for NTI (Nuclear Threat Initiative), a non-profit and bipartisan organisation (also founded by former Dem senator Sam Nunn).

An answer to the darkness in which the US intelligence is groping or pretending to grope in the face of a 'pandemic planned for decades by Gates', as claimed by the lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, orphan of his father of the same name, Attorney General, and his uncle JFK, both assassinated in mysterious circumstances in the shadow of the intrigues of the Deep State (an international potentate of Zionist politicians, Freemasons and military 007), was clearly given by another great expert in counter-espionage.

Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Dany Shoham, microbiologist and expert in chemical and biological warfare in the Middle East, former senior analyst of intelligence Aman of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and the Israeli Ministry of Defence had in fact published an alarming article on the site of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, where he is a research associate. Drawing on his scientific expertise, he wrote unequivocal sentences about SARS-Cov-2.

"This debate is very complicated and contains the potential for explosive revelations on many levels, but the intelligence communities around the world have remained largely silent on the issue. This is intriguing and not surprising. Several Western countries, as well as Russia, India, Japan and Australia, had formulated intelligence estimates as early as January 2020, but kept their conclusions under wraps. The very persistence of the intelligence agencies' silence implies that they judge the initial contagion to be unnatural. If they had concluded that the pandemic was the result of natural contagion, they probably would have made that conclusion public."

DANGEROUS EXPERIMENTS IN CHINA AND THE USA

On the same wavelength are the considerations of journalist Klarenberg in his intriguing article, which only suffers from the very serious omission of the obvious role of Gates and the CIA in the virus research experiments.

"While the World Health Organisation (WHO) has yet to comment on Haines' apparent change of heart, the lab's theory stands in stark contrast to the agency's long-standing public position. In March, it published a report based on the findings of an international team of scientists who spent four weeks in Wuhan probing the origins of Covid. They concluded that of all the various explanations, a lab leak was by far the least likely. For many, however, the report raised far more questions than it resolved Even WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was critical of the team's investigation: its response to the scientists' public presentation of their findings was measured yet weakened," RT reads.

"The team ... visited several laboratories in Wuhan and considered the possibility that the virus had entered the human population as a result of a laboratory accident. 'I do not believe that this assessment was broad enough,' the WHO director-general said, 'Further data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions ... this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialised experts, which I am prepared to deploy.'

" The fact that their investigation of the lab leak theory was so poorly "cooked" is particularly surprising given that the team's sole US representative, Peter Daszak, is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, which has done extensive work with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in recent years," notes the RT reporter, citing the name of the Anglo-American zoologist who was the subject of at least five Gospa News investigations before being targeted by international newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Die Velt for his egregious conflict of interest: He was called on to investigate a Coronavirus manipulated in Wuhan and Chapel Hill thanks to generous funding from EHA, a New York-based NGO sponsored by, among others, the well-known vaccine manufacturer Johson & Johnson.

But EHA's partners also include King Saudi University, the kingdom's first public university, founded in 1957 by King Saud bin Abdulaziz in the capital and with a prestigious College of Pharmacy. This is one of the most prestigious universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which in turn financed the Global Health Security Agenda global immunisation plan promoted by Obama and Gates and culminating in the pilot project of 12 compulsory school-age vaccines in Italy, thanks to which the multinational GlaxoSmithKline (also strong with its subsidiary GSK Saudi Arabia) became rich and for which the current WHO deputy director Ranieri Guerra was scientific ambassador for the Renzi government.

LANCET GURU'S CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Daszak enjoys such great prestige in the international scientific community that he was called by the journal The Lancet to lead the WHO-like commission on the origin of the SARS-Cov-2 virus although its implications with the Wuhan laboratory are well known, which the Russia Today investigation explores in detail.

"First, he is a close friend and ardent supporter of Shi Zhengli, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at WIV, who has been repeatedly forced to deny that his lab was the source of the coronavirus. In June 2020, Scientific American described the pair as 'long-time collaborators' - Daszak also strenuously defended his collaborator, stating that she 'leads a world-class laboratory of the highest standards' and dismissed accusations that she or her organisation was in any way. responsible for the spread of Covid'.

Anglo-American zoologist Peter Daszak together with Chinese batwoman Shi Zhengli

From 2014 to 2019, Daszak worked with Zhengli to investigate and catalogue bat coronaviruses across China, a $3.7 million initiative funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Subsequently, the head of EcoHealth transferred this effort to the University of North Carolina, where he began "Gain of Function" research on coronaviruses and chimeras in humanised mice. Gain of Function is an enhancement of viral load similar to the concept of uranium enrichment for atomic weapons.

In a December 2019 interview, he somewhat ominously told virologist Vincent Racaniello that some coronaviruses can "enter human cells," can be "manipulated in the lab fairly easily," are incurable with antibodies, and "you can't vaccinate against them with a vaccine."


NIH withdrew its support for the EcoHealth project in April 2020 under pressure from the Trump administration, a move that garnered significant media attention for the organisation and Daszak. The move was reversed with much fanfare in August and EcoHealth's funding more than doubled to $7.5 million. However, what no media outlet has noticed at any stage is that the non-profit organisation's NIH support represents a negligible fraction of US government revenue. The vast majority of EcoHealth's revenue, amounting to nearly $40 million between 2013 and 2020, comes from the Department of Defense (DoD)."

THE PENTAGON AGENCY AND SUPERVIRUSES

A State Department fact sheet on WIV published in January and cited by Klarenberg notes that "several researchers" at the Institute became ill in fall 2019, "prior to the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses," raising questions about the credibility of Zhengli's claims that "zero infection" among WIV staff and students prior to the pandemic. The fact sheet also stated that "scientists in China conducted research on animal-derived coronaviruses under conditions that increased the risk of accidental and potentially unintentional exposure" and "secret Chinese military projects" may have been conducted at the Institute since at least 2017.

"Perhaps predictably, there was no mention that the US military may have funded, directly or indirectly, projects conducted at WIV. Interestingly, $34.6 million of EcoHealth's DoD funding came from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a division of the Pentagon that works to "counter and deter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threat networks,"" the reporter on RT remarked.

We should not forget that the DTRA agency controls at least 25 bacteriological laboratories around the world, secreted by diplomatic immunity and the CIA, especially in the former Soviet Union countries such as Georgia and Ukraine where coup revolutions took place, financed by the Hungarian-American pultar George Soros and the USA, through the government agency USAID which is considered a CIA financial tool for regime-change. But USAID has also financed research on superviruses in China and the US as part of the PREDICT 2 coronavirus project commissioned by Obama when Haines was deputy director of counterintelligence at Langley (CIA headquarters in Virginia).

One of these bio-laboratories, the Lugar Center near Tblisi, has been accused by Russia of developing dangerous bacteriological weapons experiments after a death of human guinea pigs during clinical trials conducted on a drug by the multinational pharmaceutical company Gilead, a Pentagon contractor, which enriched itself in the Covid-19 emergency through the anti-inflammatory Remdesivir, of which the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the first to acquire the patent for its production in China.

Despite these intrigues behind chimeric superviruses Daszak, as confirmed by the emails, convinced 27 other colleagues to deny the origin of the lab-made SARS-Cov-2 from the outset, although Gospa News has since unveiled extensive research into recombinant viruses since 2004, created from 2003 HIV/AIDS-infected SARS strains, the presence of which was identified in SARSCov-2 by studies by Indian biologists, virologist Luc Montagnier and bioengineer Pierre Bricage.

"The publication of the letter was very significant, as it publicly cemented the idea of a scientific consensus on the origins of Covid. This 'consensus' emerged shortly after a genome selection of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus had been released for analysis," Russia Today recalls.

MIT WRITES ABOUT ARTIFICIAL VIRUS

As Charles Schmidt noted on 18. March in the Technology Review of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge), several scientists who had begun studying the draft were surprised by what they discovered. Among them was Nikolai Petrovsky, a highly regarded professor at Australia's Flinders University and chairman of Vaxine, a company that develops immunisations for infectious diseases, which has received millions in NIH funding since 2005.

"[Computer modelling] generated a surprising result: the spike proteins that attach SARS-CoV-2 bind more tightly to their human cellular receptor, a protein called ACE2, than the target receptors on any other species evaluated. In other words, SARS-CoV-2 was surprisingly well adapted to its human prey, which is unusual for an emerging pathogen," the Technology Review records. Petrovsky and his collaborators immediately began writing a speculative paper asking whether the virus was 'completely natural' or had originated from 'a recombination event that occurred inadvertently or intentionally in a laboratory handling coronaviruses'. As Technology Review notes, however, it had become 'professional suicide for scientists to express suspicions of a possible leak from the lab' and the community was 'reluctant to challenge orthodoxy' as a result....

"Petrovsky struggled to find a publisher, with at least one open access repository rejecting his work outright. It wasn't until May 2020 that the paper was finally released, and by then suggestions of a leak from the lab had been completely discredited, not least because of Trump's statements on the issue that had made the matter political. In turn, it was virtually impossible for journalists to write credible stories questioning Covid's origins without being branded as Trump apologists, conspiracy theorists or worse," Klarenberg concludes.

Now even pandemic prophetess Avril Haines, head of the US Intelligence Community, has begun to make a tentative admission about the possibility that SARS-Cov-2 was created in a laboratory. But strong in her CIA background, sooner or later she will have to explain what she knows about a pandemic planned for decades that contributed to the electoral success of President Biden, funded by Pfizer, among the first to produce the anti-Covid vaccine, which joined the cartel of Big Pharma created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on 30 September to support the WHO's immunisation plan in poor countries called COVAX, run by Gates' NGO Gavi and administered by a former GSK manager, a multinational that controls Pfizer's commercial pharmaceutical network. It is therefore not surprising to learn that Biden has funded COVAX to the tune of $4 million, thus giving back to Gates' Big Pharma even more than he received in the election campaign...

For all the background, buy the book WuhanGates...

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The Chinese Communist Party’s Global Lockdown Fraud

Request for expedited federal investigation into scientific fraud in COVID‑19 public health policies (Ed.: ... fails to look within the USA)

 

10. January 2021

To:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20535

CC:

U.K. Security Service (MI5);
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation;
Canadian Security Intelligence Service;
Bundesnachrichtendienst;
U.S. Department of Justice

From:

Michael P. Senger, Attorney
Stacey A. Rudin, Attorney
Dr. Clare Craig, FRCPath
Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding
Randy Hillier, MPP Lanark, Frontenac & Kingston
Francis Hoar, Barrister at Law
Sanjeev Sabhlok, PhD
Brian O’Shea
Maajid Nawaz
Simon Dolan

This open letter is available for download in PDF format at Scribd.

We are writing this letter to request that a federal investigation be commenced and/or expedited regarding the scientific debate on major policy decisions during the COVID-19 crisis. In the course of our work, we have identified issues of a potentially criminal nature and believe this investigation necessary to ensure the interests of the public have been properly represented by those promoting certain pandemic policies.

During times of crisis, citizens naturally turn to the advice of those they perceive as experts. In early 2020, the public turned to the advice of scientific authorities when confronted with an apparent viral outbreak. Soon after, most nations followed the advice of prominent scientists and implemented restrictions commonly referred to as “lockdowns.” While the policies varied by jurisdiction, in general they involved restrictions on gatherings and movements and the closure of schools, businesses, and public places, inspired by those imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Hubei Province. The intervention of federal authorities with police power may be required to ensure that those who have promoted these lockdown policies have done so in good faith.

This letter is meant to call the attention of federal authorities in Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the “Nations”) to multiple points of evidence about the origin and historical precedent of lockdowns; the scientific literature and debate behind them; the provenance and quality of predominant COVID-19 testing protocols and models; the motivations, biases, and qualifications of certain prominent lockdown supporters; and the source of public-facing communications surrounding these policies.

1. Lockdowns Originated on the Order of Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, and Were Propagated Into Global Policy by the World Health Organization With Little Analysis or Logic

Lockdown proponents have frequently justified their policies by comparing them to actions taken to combat the pandemic of Spanish influenza a century prior.[1] But a realistic examination of the mitigation efforts in response to Spanish influenza reveals that nothing remotely approximating lockdowns was ever imposed. In the words of Judge William S. Stickman, ruling in Cnty. of Butler v. Wolf,[2] citing the work of preeminent historians:

Although this nation [the United States] has faced many epidemics and pandemics and state and local governments have employed a variety of interventions in response, there have never previously been lockdowns of entire populations — much less for lengthy and indefinite periods of time…[3]While, unquestionably, states and local governments restricted certain activities for a limited period of time to mitigate the Spanish Flu, there is no record of any imposition of a population lockdown in response to that disease or any other in our history.

Not only are lockdowns historically unprecedented in response to any previous epidemic or pandemic in American history, but they are not so much as mentioned in recent guidance offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). Judge Stickman continues:

Indeed, even for a ‘Very High Severity’ pandemic (defined as one comparable to the Spanish Flu), the guidelines provide only that ‘CDC recommends voluntary home isolation of ill persons,’ and ‘CDC might recommend voluntary home quarantine of exposed household members in areas where novel influenza circulates.’ Id. at 32, Table 10 (emphasis added). This is a far, far cry from a statewide lockdown…[4]

The fact is that the lockdowns imposed across the United States in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented in the history of our Commonwealth and our Country. They have never been used in response to any other disease in our history. They were not recommendations made by the CDC. They were unheard of by the people [of] this nation until just this year. It appears as though the imposition of lockdowns in Wuhan and other areas of China — a nation unconstrained by concern for civil liberties and constitutional norms — started a domino effect where one country, and state, after another imposed draconian and hitherto untried measures on their citizens. (emphasis added)

Judge Stickman’s intuition regarding the real history of lockdowns is in line with the opinion of the foremost infectious disease scholars. Donald Henderson, the man widely credited with eradicating smallpox, wrote in 2006, “Experience has shown that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social functioning of the community is least disrupted.”[5] To our knowledge, no scientist ever publicly supported imposing lockdowns until Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), personally authorized the “unprecedented lockdown of Wuhan and other cities beginning on Jan. 23.”[6]

General Secretary Xi is perhaps best known for the punishment of over one million CCP officials for “corruption,”[7] the elimination of term limits from China’s constitution,[8] and, of course, the reeducation and “quarantine[9] of over one million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities “infected with extremism[10] throughout the regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, pursuant to the CCP’s pet hybrid of public health and security policy: fangkong — the same policy that inspired Xi’s lockdown of Hubei province.[11] General Secretary Xi later affirmed that he had issued these instructions to the CCP’s Politburo Standing Committee on January 7, 2020,[12] but his instructions have never been revealed. Chinese business leader Ren Zhiqiang was sentenced to 18 years in prison[13] for an open letter in which he requested Xi’s instructions be made public.[14]

When the lockdown of Hubei province began, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s representative in China noted that “trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science… The lockdown of 11 million people is unprecedented in public health history…”[15] Human rights observers also expressed concerns.[16] But those concerns didn’t stop the WHO from effusively praising the CCP’s “unprecedented” response just days after the lockdown began, and long before it had produced any results: “The measures China has taken are good not only for that country but also for the rest of the world.”[17] WHO Director Tedros Adhanom added that he was personally “very impressed and encouraged by the president [Xi Jinping]’s detailed knowledge of the outbreak” and the next day praised China for “setting a new standard for outbreak response.”[18]

By February 2020, the CCP had begun reporting an exponential decline in COVID-19 cases. In its February report, the WHO waxed rhapsodic about China’s triumph:

General Secretary Xi Jinping personally directed and deployed the prevention and control work … China’s uncompromising and rigorous use of non-pharmaceutical measures to contain transmission of the COVID-19 virus in multiple settings provides vital lessons for the global response”[19] (emphasis added).

Shortly thereafter, the WHO held a press conference during which Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward — who later disconnected a live interview when asked to acknowledge Taiwan[20] — told the press: “What China has demonstrated is, you have to do this. If you do it, you can save lives and prevent thousands of cases of what is a very difficult disease.”[21](emphasis added). Two days later, in an interview for China Central Television (CCTV), Aylward put it bluntly: “Copy China’s response to COVID-19.”[22] (emphasis added).

The WHO’s recommendations are notable for two reasons. First, the WHO’s conclusion in its February report that this “rather unique and unprecedented public health response in China reversed the escalating cases”[23] exemplifies the fallacy of post hoc, ergo propter hoc. While it was possible that a more “flat” curve in Wuhan could be attributed to the CCP’s lockdown, it was at least equally likely that Wuhan had simply witnessed the natural course of this “novel” pathogen. It should have been obvious that the mere issuance of a policy “unprecedented in public health history” did not automatically mean it was effective — especially given the WHO’s own 2019 guidance for pandemic influenza did not advise border closures, mass contact tracing, or quarantine even of “exposed individuals” under any circumstance.[24]

Furthermore, the WHO did not even consider other countries’ economic circumstances, demographics, or even their number of COVID-19 cases — which were very few in most of the world — before instructing the entire world that “you have to do this.”[25] This conclusion by the world’s foremost public health body was, at best, criminally negligent.[26]

Lockdowns are a Xi Jinping policy, and the significance of that fact cannot be overstated. The idea of locking down an entire state or country and forcibly shutting down its businesses and public places was never entertained, never discussed, and never implemented in any pandemic literature until it was done by General Secretary Xi in January 2020. Lockdowns were never tried before 2020 and never tested before 2020, even on a theoretical basis.[27] The idea of “lockdown” was brought into human history on the order of General Secretary Xi; it otherwise never would have entered the collective human imagination. Anytime anyone endorses a lockdown for any length of time, even a few minutes, they are endorsing a Xi Jinping policy. The remainder of this letter concerns howlockdowns were laundered into the world’s go-to pandemic policy.

2. The Most Influential Institution for Covid-19 Models, Self-Described as “China’s Best Academic Partner in the West,” Has Been by Far the Most Alarmist and Inaccurate Covid-19 Modeler

In February 2020, a team from Imperial College London led by physicist Neil Ferguson ran a computer model that played an outsized role in justifying lockdowns in most countries. Imperial College forecast a number of potential outcomes, including that, by October 2020, more than 500,000 people in Great Britain and 2.2 million people in the U.S. would die as a result of COVID-19, and recommended months of strict social distancing measures to prevent this outcome.[28] The model also predicted the United States could incur up to one million deaths even with “enhanced social distancing” guidelines, including “shielding the elderly.”[29] In reality, by the end of October, according to the CDC and the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS), approximately 230,000 deaths[30] in the United States and 37,000 deaths[31] in the United Kingdom had been attributed to COVID-19 (though deaths from all other leading causes — including heart disease, cancer, and influenza — mysteriously declined,[32] indicating that even these low counts from the CDC and NHS are vastly overstated).

A study by researchers at UCLA and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) compared the accuracy of various institutions’ models predicting COVID-19 mortality.[33] Across all time periods, the models produced by Imperial College were measured to have far higher rates of error than the others — always erring on the side of being too high:

The 12-week median absolute percent errors (MAPE), reflecting models produced in July and August, ranged from 22.4% for the SIK-J Alpha model, to 79.9% for the Imperial model… The Delphi and LANL models from July underestimated mortality, with median percent errors of -5.6% and -8.3% at 6 weeks respectively, while Imperial tended to overestimate (+47.7%), and the remaining models were relatively unbiased… The Imperial model had larger errors, about 5-fold higher than other models by six weeks. This appears to be largely driven by the aforementioned tendency to overestimate mortality. At twelve weeks, MAPE values were lowest for the IHME-MS-SEIR (23.7%) model, while the Imperial model had the most elevated MAPE (98.8%)… In the most current models, the 6-week MAPE across models was 7.2%.

Imperial’s inaccuracy continued unabated. In October 2020, Imperial College’s model predicted the U.K. would experience 2,000 deaths per day by mid-December.[34] In fact, deaths per day in the U.K. never reached 400, per NHS.[35]

Five years earlier, on October 21, 2015, General Secretary Xi personally visited Imperial College London for the announcement of “a series of new UK-China education and research collaborations” including “nanotechnology, bioengineering… and public health.”[36] This was the only trip Xi ever made to the U.K. as General Secretary; the trip lasted just four days and involved just one university: Imperial College London.[37] In a speech welcoming General Secretary Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, a goodwill ambassador to the WHO, Imperial College President Alice Gast addressed the Chancellor of the Exchequer:

Chancellor, you have said that you aim to make the U.K. ‘China’s best partner in the west.’ Imperial College London strives to be just that, China’s best academic partner in the west… As China’s top research partner in the U.K., Imperial’s academics and students benefit from collaboration on a daily basis.[38] (emphasis added)

In 2019, Gast became part of the notably pro-China[39] World Economic Forum’s AI Council along with Chinese AI Expert and venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee, and to this day, Imperial College continues to advertise itself as “UK’s number one university collaborator with Chinese research institutions.”[40]

In March 2020, Imperial College produced a report titled “Evidence of initial success for China exiting COVID-19 social distancing policy after achieving containment,” concluding:

For the first time since the outbreak began there have been no new confirmed cases caused by local transmission in China reported for five consecutive days up to 23 March 2020. This is an indication that the social distancing measures enacted in China have led to control of COVID-19 in China… after very intense social distancing which resulted in containment, China has successfully exited their stringent social distancing policy to some degree.[41]

Imperial College had no way of knowing if this was, in fact, true — failing to discover cases does not mean they do not exist, particularly with a virus that is fatal to hardly anyone except the most vulnerable, and a regime with a long history of fraud— and its conclusion directly contradicted that of the U.S. intelligence community around the same time that China had intentionally misrepresented its coronavirus numbers.[42] In a December interview, Neil Ferguson recalled how China had inspired his lockdown recommendations to the U.K.’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE):

I think people’s sense of what is possible in terms of control changed quite dramatically between January and March… It’s a communist one party state, we said. We couldn’t get away with it in Europe, we thought… And then Italy did it. And we realised we could… If China had not done it, the year would have been very different.[43]

In a time of panic, it’s natural for the public to focus on the worst possible outcomes. Thus, a prestigious institution producing particularly alarmist models can have an outsized impact on political discourse. In this case, the institution in question not only consistently and egregiously erred in just one direction — the “tendency to overestimate mortality” — but also had a special relationship with China as its “best academic partner in the west.”

3. Deadly Recommendations for Early Mechanical Ventilation Came from China

In early March 2020, the WHO released COVID-19 provider guidance documents to healthcare workers.[44] The guidance recommended escalating quickly to mechanical ventilation as an early intervention for treating COVID-19 patients, a departure from past experience during respiratory-virus epidemics.[45] In doing so, they cited the guidance being presented by Chinese journal articles, which published papers in January and February claiming that “Chinese expert consensus” called for “invasive mechanical ventilation” as the “first choice” for people with moderate to severe respiratory distress,[46] in part to protect medical staff. As the Wall Street Journal later reported:

Last spring, doctors put patients on ventilators partly to limit contagion at a time when it was less clear how the virus spread, when protective masks and gowns were in short supply. Doctors could have employed other kinds of breathing support devices that don’t require risky sedation, but early reports suggested patients using them could spray dangerous amounts of virus into the air, said Theodore Iwashyna, a critical-care physician at University of Michigan and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Ann Arbor, Mich.

At the time, he said, doctors and nurses feared the virus would spread through hospitals. “We were intubating sick patients very early. Not for the patients’ benefit, but in order to control the epidemic and to save other patients,” Dr. Iwashyna said “That felt awful.”[47] (emphasis added)

In New York and other cities, early and often ventilator use became a common theme, and it had devastating consequences for patients.[48] On March 31, 2020, Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell, who had been caring for ICU patients at one of the hardest-hit hospitals in New York City, acted as an early whistleblower, sounding the alarm about the ventilator issue in a widely-shared video:

We are operating under a medical paradigm that is untrue… I fear that this misguided treatment will lead to a tremendous amount of harm to a great number of people in a very short time… I don’t know the final answer to this disease, but I’m quite sure that a ventilator is not it… This method being widely adopted at this very moment at every hospital in the country … is actually doing more harm than good.[49]

An April Reuters interview with dozens of medical specialists made it clear that mechanical ventilator overuse had become a global issue: “Many highlighted the risks from using the most invasive types of them — mechanical ventilators — too early or too frequently, or from non-specialists using them without proper training in overwhelmed hospitals.”[50]

By May 2020, it was common knowledge in the medical community that early ventilator use was hurting, not helping, COVID-19 patients, and that less invasive measures were in fact very effective in assisting recoveries.[51]A New York City study found a 97.2% mortality rate among those over age 65 who received mechanical ventilation.[52] The “early action” ventilator guidance that the WHO distributed to the world killed thousands of innocent patients; the WHO obtained that guidance from China.

4. The World’s Predominant, Wildly-Inaccurate PCR Testing Protocols Are Based on Incomplete, Theoretical Genome Sequences Supplied by China

Virologists Victor Corman and Christian Drosten led the exceptionally-rapid creation of the first COVID-19 PCR test (the “Corman-Drosten Protocol”);[53] it is now the most commonly-used testing protocol in the world for detecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus which may, in certain cases, lead to the disease COVID-19. (As discussed infra, the Court of Appeal of Lisbon concluded that this PCR test was producing as many as 97% false positives). Corman and Drosten were provided with the in silico (theoretical) genome sequences used to create their PCR protocol by Chinese scientists including Yong-Zhen Zhang and Shi Zhengli, Director at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.[54] (These genome sequences were then posted to the open-source depository Virological.org on January 10, 2020). The Corman-Drosten Protocol was submitted to the WHO on January 13,[55] eight days prior to the date it was submitted to the medical journal Eurosurveillance for “peer review.”[56]

The WHO released the Corman-Drosten Protocol on January 21, the same day it was submitted to Eurosurveillance.[57] Drosten sits on the board of Eurosurveillance, a conflict of interest.[58] The Corman-Drosten Protocol was accepted[59] by Eurosurveillance the very next day, January 22 (the same day the WHO confirmed human-to-human transmission),[60] an extraordinarily quick turnaround; peer review for scientific journals is an intensive process requiring identification of, and action by, external reviewers, which typically takes weeks to months. Of all 1,595 publications at Eurosurveillance since 2015, not one other research paper was reviewed and accepted in fewer than 20 days.[61] Eurosurveillance’s peer review process also requires an author declaration that no conflicts of interest exist, which was, in this case, a false statement.[62] This extraordinarily quick turnaround made it impossible for any other PCR protocol to be published before the Corman-Drosten Protocol, which was published on PubMed on January 23,[63] giving it a valuable “first-mover” advantage ensuring that it became the predominant PCR protocol in the world.

The molecular biologist Pieter Borger and his team submitted a retraction request for the Corman-Drosten PCR protocol.[64] According to Borger’s report, the Corman-Drosten PCR test workflow contains multiple, fatal errors. The most glaring issue is the fact that, at the time the protocol was submitted, there was no good reason to believe widespread PCR testing would even be necessary:

The authors introduce the background for their scientific work as: “The ongoing outbreak of the recently emerged novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) poses a challenge for public health laboratories as virus isolates are unavailable while there is growing evidence that the outbreak is more widespread than initially thought, and international spread through travelers does already occur.

According to BBC News[65] and Google Statistics[66] there were 6 deaths world-wide on January 21st 2020 — the day when the manuscript was submitted. Why did the authors assume a challenge for public health laboratories while there was no substantial evidence at that time to indicate that the outbreak was more widespread than initially thought?(emphasis added)

Borger’s report goes on to specify ten major flaws with the Corman-Drosten protocol, the biggest issue being the fact that the entire test is based on in silico (theoretical) sequences supplied by China:

The first and major issue is that the novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (in the publication named 2019-nCoV and in February 2020 named SARS-CoV-2 by an international consortium of virus experts) is based on in silico sequences, supplied by a laboratory in China,[67] because at the time neither control material of infectious (“live”) or inactivated SARS-CoV-2 nor isolated genomic RNA of the virus was available to the authors. To date no validation has been performed by the authorship based on isolated SARS-CoV-2 viruses or full length RNA thereof.

In addition, the primers and probes in Drosten’s protocol are incomplete and non-specific; the primer concentrations are four to five times too high; the GC content (connection strength) is far too low; the annealing temperature difference in primer pairs is up to five times too high; the PCR products have not been validated at the molecular level, rendering the test useless as a specific diagnostic tool to identify SARS-CoV-2; and — given the protocol was accepted for publication just one day after it was submitted to Eurosurveillance — it was obviously never subjected to any meaningful peer review.

Corman and Drosten’s PCR protocol thus has every indications of being fraudulent.

In June, a peer-reviewed study was published comparing the accuracy of the COVID-19 PCR test protocols on the short list recommended by the WHO. The PCR protocol developed by the CDC (the N2 US CDC protocol)[68] — likewise based on in silico genome sequences supplied by China — fared little better than the Corman-Drosten protocol:

The E Charité [Corman-Drosten] and N2 US CDC assays were positive for all specimens, including negative samples and negative controls (water).[69]

Together, these two PCR protocols account for the vast majority of COVID-19 PCR tests conducted in the Nations.[70] Both rely on in silico sequences from China, and both produce wildly inaccurate results, testing positive for all specimens including negative samples and plain water.

5. Predominant, Excessive PCR Testing Protocols Came from China

In accordance with recommendations by the WHO and other public health authorities, countless laboratories have engaged in mass PCR testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.[71] Fundamental to PCR testing is the concept of “cycle thresholds.” The PCR test amplifies genetic matter from a virus in cycles; the fewer cycles required, the greater the amount of virus, or viral load, in the sample. The greater the viral load, the more likely the patient is to be contagious. Thus, the higher the PCR cycle threshold, the lower the amount of viral load needed to trigger a positive PCR test.

If the PCR cycle threshold indicating a “positive” is set too high, a positive result may not even indicate any meaningful amount of live viral particles. As Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned in a July 2020 interview, a cycle threshold of 35 or more should not be considered a positive result:

What is now sort of evolving into a bit of a standard … if you get a cycle threshold of 35 or more … the chances of it being replication-confident are minuscule… So, I think if somebody does come in with 37, 38, even 36, you got to say, you know, it’s just dead nucleotides, period.[72] (emphasis added)

The WHO published its currently-outstanding guidance on laboratory testing for COVID-19 on March 19, 2020.[73] The WHO’s guidance contained only three studies discussing PCR cycle thresholds. All three studies[74] are from China and use cycle thresholds from 37 to 40: “A cycle threshold value (Ct-value) less than 37 was defined as a positive test, and a Ct-value of 40 or more was defined as a negative test.”[75]

As described by the New York Times, most laboratories and manufacturers in the United States now set their cutoff for a positive PCR test from 37 to 40 cycle thresholds: “Most tests set the limit at 40, a few at 37. This means that you are positive for the coronavirus if the test process required up to 40 cycles, or 37, to detect the virus.”[76] At 37 cycles, any viral RNA or DNA will have been amplified over 68 billion times, and at 40 cycles it will have been amplified over 500 billion times.

Doctors interviewed by the New York Times agreed with Dr. Fauci that anything above 35 cycle thresholds is too sensitive. “A more reasonable cutoff would be 30 to 35,” said Juliet Morrison, virologist at UC Riverside. Dr. Michael Mina, epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said he would set the figure at 30, or even less. Using current testing standards with 37 to 40 cycle thresholds:

In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found… In Massachusetts, from 85 to 90 percent of people who tested positive in July with a cycle threshold of 40 would have been deemed negative if the threshold were 30 cycles, Dr. Mina said. ‘I would say that none of those people should be contact-traced, not one,’ he said.[77] (emphasis added).

In a recent ruling, the Court of Appeal of Lisbon concluded: “In view of current scientific evidence, this test shows itself to be unable to determine beyond reasonable doubt that such positivity corresponds, in fact, to the infection of a person by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”[78] The two most important reasons for this, said the judges, are that, “the test’s reliability depends on the number of cycles used’’ and that “the test’s reliability depends on the viral load present.”[79]

The court cited a study conducted by “some of the leading European and world specialists,” showing that if someone tested positive for COVID-19 at a cycle threshold of 35 or higher, the chance of that person actually being infected is less than 3%, and that “the probability of… receiving a false positive is 97% or higher.”[80]

To summarize, based on guidance issued by the WHO citing three studies from China, laboratories and manufacturers across the United States and many other countries are using a PCR cycle threshold of 37 to 40 for COVID-19 PCR tests that were created using in silico genome sequences supplied by a laboratory in China, pursuant to which positive COVID-19 case counts have been inflated as much as ten- to thirty-fold.[81]

6. Studies Showing Significant Asymptomatic Transmission, the Only Scientific Basis for Lockdowns of Healthy Individuals, Came from China

Underpinning the policy of “lockdown” is the scientific concept of “asymptomatic spread.” According to the WHO, “Early data from China suggested that people without symptoms could infect others.”[82] This idea of asymptomatic spread was reflected in the WHO’s February report.[83]According to this concept, healthy individuals, or “silent spreaders” might be responsible for a significant number of SARS-CoV-2 transmissions.[84]The idea of setting out to stop asymptomatic spread was a significant departure from prevailing public health guidance and experience during prior respiratory-virus pandemics.[85]

The concept of significant asymptomatic spread was believed to be a novel and unique feature of SARS-CoV-2 based on several studies performed in China.[86] Multiple studies from other countries could not find any transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from asymptomatic individuals.[87]

A paper from McGill University concluded that “transmission in the asymptomatic period was documented in numerous studies,” but every one of those studies was conducted in China; where studies outside of China have tried to replicate these findings, they have failed.[88] An Italian study concluded that two asymptomatic individuals who tested positive had been infected by two other asymptomatic individuals, but this was based on 2,800 PCR tests; given the false-positive rate discussed above, the conclusion is dubious.[89] An influential study from Brunei Darussalam found significant asymptomatic spread,[90] but its findings are considerably weakened by a poor case definition; its two findings of asymptomatic spread were that of a young girl with no symptoms who allegedly spread SARS-CoV-2 to her teacher who had “a mild cough on one day,” and a father who remained asymptomatic but whose wife briefly had a runny nose and whose baby also had a mild cough one day.[91]

A German study co-authored by Christian Drosten claimed to have found “Transmission of 2019-nCoV Infection from an Asymptomatic Contact in Germany,”[92] but the researchers didn’t actually speak to the woman before they published the paper, and officials later confirmed that she did, in fact, have symptoms while in Germany.[93]

Absent this concept of significant asymptomatic spread, there is no scientific case for locking down healthy persons. This concept of significant asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and the studies backing it, came from China.

7. The CCP Engaged in an Early, Broad, Systematic, and Global Propaganda Campaign to Promote Its Lockdown Response

After concluding the CCP’s lockdowns had “reversed the escalating cases” in China, the WHO was not alone in imploring the world to “Copy China’s response to COVID-19.” Beginning the same day the CCP locked down Hubei province, “leaked” videos from Wuhan began flooding international social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube — all of which are blocked in China — purporting to show the horrors of Wuhan’s epidemic and the seriousness of its lockdown, in scenes likened to Zombieland and The Walking Dead.[94] Official Chinese accounts widely shared an image of a hospital wing supposedly constructed in one day, but which actually showed an apartment 600 miles away.[95]

Then, beginning in March 2020, the entire world was bombarded with propaganda extolling the virtues of China’s heavy-handed approach.[96]Chinese state media bought numerous Facebook ads[97] advertising China’s pandemic response (all of which ran without Facebook’s required political disclaimer), and began erroneously describing “herd immunity” — the inevitable endpoint of every epidemic either by naturally-acquired immunity[98] or vaccination — as a “strategy” violating “human rights.”[99] Sweden, whose leaders were unique in foregoing lockdowns, became a primary target of the CCP’s propaganda campaign.[100] In the words of China’s state-run Global Times:

Chinese analysts and netizens doubt herd immunity and called it a violation of human rights, citing high mortality in the country compared to other Northern European countries. “So-called human rights, democracy, freedom are heading in the wrong direction in Sweden, and countries that are extremely irresponsible do not deserve to be China’s friend …”[101]

That was, of course, before the WHO adopted the bold, contradictory strategy of attempting to rewrite the historical definition of herd immunity wholesale. As recently as June 2020, the WHO’s definition of herd immunity had properly included “immunity developed through previous infection”—but on October 15, 2020, the WHO effectively erased the eons-long history of naturally-acquired immunity from its website:

‘Herd immunity’, also known as ‘population immunity’, is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached.

Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it.[102] (emphasis added)

China’s official spokesperson, Hua Chunying, posted a video of a 7-year-old girl reciting the importance of strict social distancing among children.[103]Simultaneously, hundreds of thousands of clandestine social media posts, which were later flagged as state-sponsored, expressed admiration for China’s lockdowns and longed for governments around the world to emulate them, while denigrating governments and world leaders who failed to follow suit;[104] governments including, but not limited to: Nigeria,[105] Ghana,[106] South Africa,[107] Namibia,[108] Kenya,[109]France,[110] Spain,[111] Colombia,[112] Brazil,[113] Argentina,[114]Canada,[115] Australia,[116] India,[117] Germany,[118] the United Kingdom,[119] and the United States.[120] Not only is this very poor global citizenship, but especially in light of the dubious science discussed above, it’s worth wondering whether these social media posts were intended to popularize lockdowns as the end in themselves.[121]

When Italy became the first country outside China to lock down, Chinese experts arrived on March 12 and two days later advised a tighter lockdown: “There are still too many people and behaviors on the street to improve.”[122] On March 19, they repeated that Italy’s lockdown was “not strict enough.” “Here in Milan, the hardest hit area by COVID-19, there isn’t a very strict lockdown … We need every citizen to be involved in the fight of COVID-19 and follow this policy.”[123]

Chinese company DJI donated drones to 22 U.S. states to help enforce lockdown rules.[124] Months later, DJI was blacklisted by the U.S. for having “enabled wide-scale human rights abuses within China through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high-technology surveillance, and/or facilitated the export of items by China that aid repressive regimes …”[125] On July 7, FBI Director Christopher Wray disclosed that the CCP even specifically approached local politicians to endorse its pandemic response:

[W]e have heard from federal, state, and even local officials that Chinese diplomats are aggressively urging support for China’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Yes, this is happening at both the federal and state levels. Not that long ago, we had a state senator who was recently even asked to introduce a resolution supporting China’s response to the pandemic.[126]

China has financial stakes in virtually every top media outlet.[127] With regard to complex issues like lockdowns, China’s influence can collectively tip these media entities in a dangerous direction, such as encouraging countries to copy China’s response to COVID-19.[128] The CCP has shaped the media’s scientific narratives by consistently promoting the falsehood that “China controlled the virus,”[129] which is, of course, a baldfaced lie.[130] Nonetheless, by encouraging mainstream publications to repeat the lie that “China controlled the virus,” the CCP has normalized this lie and ensured its forged data remains integral to scientific discourse.[131]Meanwhile, the CCP began closely monitoring Chinese academic publications on COVID-19.[132]

The significance of China’s global lockdown propaganda campaign is the intent behind it. While the scientific issues described above — criminal negligence by the WHO, alarmist mortality models, dubious PCR tests, and bad studies on asymptomatic transmission — could theoretically be attributed to incompetence, the CCP’s propaganda is evidence of deliberation. Sloppy science may be professionally shameful, but it is neither a crime nor a moral failing. The possibility of corruption and fraud, on the other hand, is another matter.

8. Many Prominent Pro-Lockdown Scientists Show Conspicuous Pro-China Bias

Not only were lockdowns laundered into science with a shocking lack of scientific debate, but many scientists have shown an unusual deference to China in evaluating the continuation of lockdown policies. These scientists have continuously praised China, and many appear to be operating on the assumption that China has, in fact, eliminated domestic COVID-19 cases as the CCP claims, when in fact this claim is a lie, as confirmed by the intelligence community.[133] Needless to say, promoting major public policy decisions based on this mistaken assumption can have devastating consequences.

In a May 2020 interview for China Central Television, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the esteemed medical journal The Lancet, emphatically praised China’s lockdowns:

It was not only the right thing to do, but it also showed other countries how they should respond in the face of such an acute threat. So, I think we have a great deal to thank China for …[134]

In July, Horton reiterated his gratitude toward China, tweeting: “Indeed. China should not be ‘blamed’. In my view, we should thank Chinese scientists and health workers for their incredibly selfless commitment to attacking this outbreak. They deserve our unconditional gratitude.”[135]And in August, Horton doubled down again in a full-throated piece that had surprisingly little to do with health:

The “century of humiliation,” when China was dominated by a colonially-minded west and Japan, only came to an end with the Communist victory in the civil war in 1949 … Every contemporary Chinese leader, including Xi Jinping, has seen their task as protecting the territorial security won by Mao and the economic security achieved by Deng.[136]

On October 8, the Lancet published a ringing endorsement of China’s pandemic response: China’s successful control of COVID-19.[137] This article was met with high praise by Chen Weihua, China Daily EU Bureau Chief:

Despite ignorance by many in the West, this article by The Lancet is a powerful endorsement of China’s successful pandemic response. Hate to read stories by those paparazzi journalists who are experts at spinning but have little knowledge of science.[138]

Chinese scientists later submitted an article to The Lancet arguing that SARS-CoV-2 originated in India, in the midst of ongoing border skirmishes with India.[139] Just weeks later, however, the party line changed again amid economic tensions with Australia, and Global Times claimed the coronavirus may have come from Australia.[140]

William A. Haseltine, Chairman of the Board of the US-China Health Summit since 2015, has also reserved great praise for China. In October 2020, China Daily syndicated a column from Haseltine in which he towed the CCP’s party line on Sweden, chastising the country for choosing to “forego lockdowns” and base its strategy on “herd immunity,” for which he falsely states that Sweden’s “COVID-19 infection and fatality rates were among the world’s highest”:

But to base a pandemic-response strategy on the assumption that herd immunity is inevitable-vaccine or no vaccine-is to afford a virus a path of least resistance. That was the case in Sweden, where policymakers decided to forego lockdowns and business closures in favor of more lenient advisories on mask-wearing and social distancing. Unsurprisingly, Sweden’s subsequent COVID-19 infection and fatality rates were among the world’s highest.[141]

Early in the pandemic, on March 25, Haseltine also praised China’s measures in contrast to the United States, most of which had yet to impose lockdowns: “The measures the US is taking to control Covid-19 are far inferior to what was done in China according to @JNBPage in @WSJ — https://ow.ly/BS5R50yVDV2. For more details see an interview quarantine of an American in Shanghai — https://ow.ly/nz3050yVDXO.”[142] Later that day, Haseltine continued: “Two months of lockdown in Hubei province in China has been lifted, although Wuhan remains under quarantine until April 8. This is an important moment, and testament to the effectiveness of containment measures.”[143] Haseltine praised China again on May 20: “It is possible to eliminate Covid without effective drugs or vaccines. This is how they did it in Wuhan, China.”[144]

On June 4, Haseltine again compared the U.S. negatively to China: “The steps China has taken to protect its population through testing and tracking is truly impressive. The US, on the other hand, is failing.”[145] And again on September 15: “Has the US has done [sic] all it can to control Covid-19? Covid can be contained without a vaccine or drug. China now has near zero new infections. ACCESS Health & the @RockefellerFdn explored how they did it with the use of digital technologies. https://ow.ly/I4Ch50BrEpJ.”[146]

Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC, is another prominent advocate of COVID-19 lockdowns. In 2015, “Frieden praised the public health partnership between China and the United States,” according to Global Times.[147] In 2017, Frieden joined China in backing Tedros Adhanom as director of the WHO over the United Kingdom’s eminently-qualified David Nabarro: “Tedros is an excellent choice to lead WHO. He succeeded in Ethiopia, making remarkable health progress…”[148] To the contrary, as was widely-known at the time, Tedros had helped Ethiopia’s regime cover up three cholera epidemics during his time as Ethiopia’s Minister of Public Health.[149] As a senior member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), designated a terrorist organization by the United States in the 1990s, Tedros “was a crucial decision maker in relation to security service actions that included killing, arbitrarily detaining and torturing Ethiopians” and was “personally responsible for brutal repression of the Amhara people, using aid money selectively to starve them out and deny them access to basic services,” — war crimes for which charges of genocide have recently been submitted against him at the International Criminal Court at the Hague.[150]

Frieden traveled extensively throughout China in 2018 and 2019 for public health collaborations, and he has heaped praise on China since the COVID-19 crisis began.[151] Frieden praised China’s response early on, writing for CNN on February 25: “China’s extraordinary cordon of Hubei province and other areas bought the world at least a month of lead time to prepare.”[152] In an April interview, Frieden told China Global Television (CGTN): “There’s a lot the world can learn from China on stopping COVID-19.”[153]

On March 17, Frieden urged the U.S. to emulate China’s expansion of hospital capacity: “When @voxdotcom posted this yesterday I thought hospitals might need to triple their beds and ventilators for pts with #COVID19. Now data suggests we may need as much as 10x more. China built 1K bed hospitals in 8 days, urgent action needed in US now.”[154]

On April 1, Frieden tweeted the same words three times, praising China and urging the U.S. to ramp up its response: “I’m angry. Friends & neighbors sick & dying. 2.9: days Wuhan’s action bought China: https://bit.ly/3bCxFJg. 2.9: number of MONTHS squandered by US not ramping up protection of HCW, critical care, testing, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine. Roadmap: https://bit.ly/2R3RtgW.”[155]

In August, Frieden praised China several times, contrasting its “success” with that of the U.S. On August 10: “Meanwhile in China. They report they can now do 4.8M PCR tests/day. Schools are opening and staying open. Mask-wearing is, where appropriate, nearly universal. Last week, they had an average of 34 cases/day. That’s a case rate less than 1/5,000th that of the US.”[156] On August 15: “This reflection from an American teaching in Chengdu — where Covid lockdowns were strictly enforced — examines the nuances of life in China and how the country was able to crush the curve.”[157] And on August 16: “Thoughts about huge, unmasked crowds at festivals in Wuhan!? Well, that’s the reward for crushing the curve — you get back to near pre-Covid reality. But that’s probably not a reasonable goal for most places, where simmering control is a realistic best-case scenario.”[158] And on August 18: “China reported a case rate less than 1/5,000th of the US’. It’s possible for us to control Covid too if Americans work together and fully support public health.”[159]

While these individuals are unique in their pro-China, pro-lockdown bias, as scientists they’re far from alone in their apparent ties to the CCP. In June, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) disclosed that 189 of its grantees had received undisclosed funding from foreign governments.[160] In 93% of cases, including that of Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard’s chemistry department, the undisclosed funding came from China.[161] The co-founders of CanSino Biologics, a Chinese vaccine company collaborating with Canada, were found to be members of the CCP’s Thousand Talents Plan for co-opting and incentivizing scientists to transfer research and knowledge to China.[162] According to the Harvard Crimson, the largest gift in the history of Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health came in part from a “pawn of the CCP,” a “cheerleader for a government responsible for significant humanitarian crises” through a series of shell companies, the largest of which was named in the Panama Papers.[163]

There is nothing immoral or illegal about merely being wrong. But given the magnitude of the decisions being made during the COVID-19 crisis, if even a handful of influential scientists are cross-incentivized to support lockdowns regardless of any real data or results, this can have an outsized impact on both public opinion and policy.

9. Many Other Influential Lockdown Supporters Are Both Woefully Unqualified to Be Advising World Leaders on Pandemic Policy and Often Show Conspicuous Pro-China Bias

In addition to the many scientists with ties to China, a number of woefully unqualified individuals have held themselves out to the public and politicians as experts with regard to COVID-19 epidemiology and lockdowns, when in fact their backgrounds reveal them to have no such expertise. Many of these, too, have shown unusual deference to China.

On January 25, 2020, Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist in Harvard’s nutrition department with little background in infectious disease, wrote, “HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, the new coronavirus is a 3.8!!! How bad is that reproductive R0 value? It is thermonuclear pandemic level bad.”[164] This was the first of a months-long series of dubious, but widely-shared, alarmist tweets by the previously unknown Ding, by virtue of which he gained hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers and became one of the leading advocates of strict COVID-19 mandates, despite his evident lack of qualifications.[165]

Ding is an alumnus of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, a group of young people that considers Taiwan a part of Greater China[166] and has campaigned during the COVID-19 crisis to share “their personal experiences of combating the coronavirus in their cities and of adapting to a new normal.”[167] His enormous Twitter following irked many of his colleagues, prompting prominent Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch to denounce him as a charlatan: “OK lots of people think this is an intramural tiff. In the sense that we have been working @CCDD_HSPH for a decade and at @HarvardEpi for 25y to establish ID epidemiology as a field of excellence & we don’t like a charlatan exploiting a tenuous connection for self-promotion, yes.”[168]

Columbia virologist Angela Rasmussen agreed with Dr. Lipsitch’s assessment: “Eric Feigl-Ding is a charlatan. If Dr. Lipsitch sounds condescending, it’s because EFD has repeatedly claimed expertise he doesn’t have in order to get attention. He sensationalizes data and distributes outright misinformation. He’s harmful to public health and I disdain that too.”[169]

These denunciations by Drs. Rasmussen and Lipsitch are noteworthy in that both have supported limited lockdowns and criticized both pro- and anti-lockdown scientists and commentators. However, their denunciations of Ding have not slowed down his Twitter campaign, and he has continued to present himself in attire worn by a medical doctor, completely inappropriate to his background as a nutritionist.[170]

Tomas Pueyo is an engineer and MBA with no background in health or epidemiology who came to sudden fame for a March 10 article on the self-publishing site Medium titled “Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now,” in which he implored leaders around the world to implement lockdowns on China’s model to counter rising COVID-19 cases. “The total number of cases grew exponentially until China contained it. But then, it leaked outside, and now it’s a pandemic that nobody can stop.”[171] (emphasis added)

Pueyo’s article quickly went viral and was shared hundreds of thousands of times, including by many celebrities.[172] After it went viral, Pueyo went on tour advising state legislators on implementing lockdowns.[173]

Not only was Pueyo unqualified to be dispatching this type of epidemiological advice to world leaders, but Pueyo’s March 10 article contains a number of red flags. First, Pueyo several times refers to the coronavirus as a “pandemic.” However, as of March 10, the WHO had not yet declared the coronavirus a pandemic,[174] and per the article, cases accounted for less than 0.0015% of the world’s population. In the article, Pueyo then goes on to implore leaders:

But in 2–4 weeks, when the entire world is in lockdown, when the few precious days of social distancing you will have enabled will have saved lives, people won’t criticize you anymore: They will thank you for making the right decision. (emphasis added)

Not only was the coronavirus not yet a pandemic, but as of March 10 there were fewer than 200 cases in the entire developing world outside China. Pueyo had no good reason to call the coronavirus a pandemic, no good reason to believe the entire world would be in lockdown in two to four weeks, and, above all, no good reason to be advising world leaders to lock down.

On March 19, Pueyo posted another Medium article titled “The Hammer and Dance,” which again went viral, explaining the strategy Pueyo described as “the Hammer” — quick, aggressive lockdowns when outbreaks occur — followed by “the Dance” — tracing, surveillance, and quarantine measures.[175]

On March 22, three days after Pueyo’s “The Hammer and Dance” was published, a strategy paper by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) entitled “How to get a grip on COVID-19” (later dubbed “the Panic Paper”) was secretly distributed to members of German parliament and leaders of certain media outlets — this paper played an outsized role in encouraging the German government to implement a nationwide lockdown in March 2020.[176] After the BMI refused to release the Panic Paper to the public under the Freedom of Information Act, it was leaked by FragDenStaat, a whistleblower site.[177]

Despite being published just three days after Pueyo’s article, the Panic Paper relied heavily on Pueyo’s work, referring to the strategy of intermittent lockdowns and surveillance as the “Hammer and Dance” without citing Pueyo. The term “Hammer and Dance” has no history in epidemiology — Tomas Pueyo invented it for his March 19 article.[178]

Otto Kölbl is one of the authors of the Panic Paper.[179] Kölbl has been “researching socio-economic development in China and (comparatively) in other developing countries as well as their presentation in the Western media” since 2007.[180] From 2005 to 2006 he was a language teacher at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China. He now runs his own blog called “rainbowbuilders.org” in which he has described Hong Kong as “parasitic”[181] and praised China’s exemplary development of Tibet.[182]Like Pueyo, Kölbl is extraordinarily unqualified to be advising world leaders on any aspect of epidemiology, infectiology, or public health, fields in which he has no background.

Maximilian Mayer is another co-author of the Panic Paper.[183] Mayer taught at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo China and Tongji University in Shanghai, and was a research fellow at Renmin University Beijing.[184] Mayer’s research interests include China’s foreign and energy policy, climate politics, and international relations, and he edited Rethinking the Silk-Road: China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations.[185] He has since returned to Bonn University as a junior professor of international relations.[186] Like Pueyo and Kölbl, Mayer lacks any apparent qualification in epidemiology, infectiology, or public health, the fields on which he advised Germany’s leaders via the Panic Paper.

From the earliest possible date, physicist Yaneer Bar-Yam has urged the entire world to adopt the strategy of attempting to eliminate COVID-19 entirely as China had supposedly done through the global adoption of strict social distancing measures. On February 2, Bar-Yam praised China’s supposed rapid construction of a hospital: “Hospital built in days in China is now operational.”[187] On February 28, Bar-Yam quoted the WHO’s report from its China Joint Mission which sent the world into lockdown: “China’s uncompromising and rigorous use of non-pharmaceutical measures to contain transmission of the COVID-19 virus in multiple settings provides vital lessons for the global response.”[188] That same day, Bar-Yam continued “We should all acknowledge and thank China for their aggressive response to the Wuhan coronavirus. This includes stopping almost all travel of their citizens to the world to prevent contagion elsewhere.”[189] In February, Bar-Yam launched the website www.endcoronavirus.org, which was soon translated into 17 languages, urging countries around the world to implement Wuhan-style lockdowns.[190]

Bar-Yam has spent the better part of a year admiring China’s lockdowns — including the CCP’s murderous lockdown in Xinjiang — and promoting the use of China’s data despite allegations of fraud. On July 18, Bar-Yam praised China’s “wartime” lockdown in Xinjiang: “17 new cases, shut the city down. Don’t give it a chance. China coronavirus: ‘Wartime state’ declared for Urumqi in Xinjiang.”[191] This same lockdown simultaneously caused incredible concern among human rights watchers and activists due to the CCP’s concomitant acts of genocide in Xinjiang against Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities.[192]

On March 8, Bar-Yam defended China’s data, in contrast to the U.S.: “Actually, the numbers in the US are underreported because of limited testing. This is known. Many said the numbers in China are underreported, nobody has shown evidence. If you have it show it or take a seat.”[193] Bar-Yam reiterated this sentiment on March 14: “Speculations about the problems in China with data are projections.”[194] On March 29, Bar-Yam encouraged the U.S. to emulate China: “We need a much wider restriction. Still, China used such a strategy effectively.”[195] And, on August 3, Bar-Yam congratulated China: “Successful outbreak response: China’s manufacturing activity surges in July.”[196]

During crises, citizens trust experts with major policy decisions. For individuals to hold themselves out to the public and their leaders as experts in a crisis when they lack the necessary qualifications is bad enough; if they are somehow cross-incentivized to do so, it’s much worse.

10. Several Top National Health Officials Among the Nations Are Woefully Unqualified and Show Conspicuous Pro-China Bias

Canada’s top health minister, Patty Hajdu, has no apparent background in infectiology or epidemiology, her only public health experience being in substance abuse and injury prevention.[197] Hajdu’s admiration for China goes back some time — in 2014 she advised: “Don’t believe everything you read. Chinese sunset story pure propaganda,” sharing an article arguing that stories of China broadcasting a sunset in Beijing were false.[198]Hajdu first earned the praise of Chinese foreign spokesperson Hua Chunying in early February 2020 for refusing to ban travel from China: “Canada believes the ban of entry has no basis, which is a sharp contrast for the U.S. behaviours.”[199]

In April, Hajdu defended China’s COVID-19 case data: “There is no indication the data that came out of China in terms of their death rate and infection rate was falsified in any way.”[200] When a reporter pointed out a U.S. intelligence report to the contrary, Hajdu scolded: “I would say your question is feeding into conspiracy theories that many people have been perpetuating on the internet.”[201] After that early April exchange, Hajdu was excoriated in Canada’s press for “effectively trying to gaslight her own citizens about the conduct of a habitually oppressive and untruthful regime.”[202] But Hajdu ignored that coverage and quickly doubled down just one month later, praising China’s “historic containment efforts.”[203]

Hajdu continued into September, again earning aplomb from CGTN for defending China: “very early on China alerted the World Health Organization to the emergence of a novel coronavirus and also shared the sequencing of the gene which allowed countries to be able to rapidly produce tests to be able to detect it in their own countries.”[204] For this, Chen Weihua, China Daily EU Bureau Chief, praised Hajdu: “Canadian Health Minister Hajdu is a role model. She is a disappointment to those paparazzi journalists and fearmongers.”[205]

Hajdu even earned a special nod from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “We noticed relevant reports and applaud the Canadian health minister’s objective and fair remarks.”[206]

As commentator Spencer Fernando pointed out, “Propaganda Patty … appears to be one of the only people on Earth who actually believes China’s official virus numbers.”[207] Apparently unrepentant, Hajdu again scolded a journalist questioning data, echoing her April sentiments: “Mr. Speaker, do you know what will help Canadians’ lives? If the member opposite and the leader of the opposition stop their members from sharing fake and dangerous news like the member from Lethridge and the member of Carleton stay focused on saving lives of Canadians instead of spreading conspiracy theories.”[208]

Matt Hancock is a former economist and civil servant who had little to no background in public health or natural science before becoming health secretary of the United Kingdom. Prior to COVID-19, Hancock reportedly showed little interest in his role: “For him, it’s all about promoting himself and using it as a stepping stone to his next job,” said another NHS chief. “Tech is the only area in which he’s made a mark… But his belief that tech can solve many of the NHS’s difficulties had led to him being derided by people he needs to respect him.”[209]

Hancock has been especially keen on the adoption of technology from China, meeting with Kai-Fu Lee, CEO of Chinese venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures, in January 2018.[210] (In 2019, Kai-Fu Lee became part of the World Economic Forum’s AI Council along with Imperial College President Alice Gast).[211] In September 2018, Hancock led a “British business delegation talking healthtech in China”:[212] “I’m in China this week to look at collaborating with our Chinese counterparts to harness the power of tech & innovation in healthcare.”[213]

In April 2020, China’s National Health Commission reported that Hancock and his Chinese counterpart, Ma Xioawei, had spoken over the phone to discuss future collaboration during the COVID-19 crisis: “Hancock spoke highly of China’s commitment to fighting COVID-19 and China-UK cooperation during the pandemic, and said that the UK is willing to enhance exchanges and collaboration with China …”[214] Three weeks later, CGTN reported that Hancock and Ma held a digital meeting of high-level health officials from China and the UK in a bid to increase cooperation amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, including discussing “lockdown-lifting strategies:”

Hancock said he appreciated the cooperation so far between the two nations in their joint response to the epidemic, and expressed that the UK is willing to strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation with China and to use the epidemic prevention and control agreements as an opportunity to deepen bilateral health and global health cooperation… They held in-depth discussions on topics including lockdown-lifting strategies and reiterated their willingness to strengthen experience sharing and technical cooperation to jointly safeguard the people of the two countries.[215] (emphasis added)

During the COVID-19 crisis, Christian Drosten assumed the role of Germany’s most influential health official, though as a virologist he has little background in epidemiology, infectiology, or public health.[216]Drosten’s central role in creating the wildly-inaccurate COVID-19 PCR test has already been discussed. In a May 14 press conference, Drosten referred to: “this concept in the pandemic research of ‘The hammer and the dance,’” but this is not true — as discussed above, the term has no history, it was invented by Tomas Pueyo on March 19.

Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, Australia, employs several advisors with ties to the CCP who have been involved in his strict pandemic policies. Danny Pearson, the MP who led Andrews’ Belt and Road negotiations, lauded China’s handling of the coronavirus.[217] Andrews’ long-time staffer, Nancy Yang, attended a course in propaganda at a high-level CCP academy and helped spread COVID-19 disinformation early in the COVID-19 crisis.[218] Both Yang and Andrews’ senior advisor on China, Marty Mei, are members of the Chinese Community Council of Australia, the foremost United Front organization in Victoria.[219] Two senior figures in organizations linked to the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign influence operation, Arthur Wu and Su Junxi, were chosen as COVID-19 “community ambassadors” in Andrews’ government.[220]

Andrews previously signed onto Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative without consulting Prime Minister Scott Morrison, for which he was publicly rebuked.[221] Internal documents obtained under the freedom of information act show Andrews pitching for money and expertise from Chinese state-owned companies in his trip to China in October 2019, with a promise to “facilitate” their access to Victoria and “collaborate” on the state’s biggest projects. Victoria, he said, would become “China’s gateway to Australia.”[222]

In August 2020, the city of Melbourne in Victoria became the first Australian city to implement Stage 4 lockdown — the strictest restrictions, with curfews and stiff fines.[223]

11. Prominent Lockdown Supporters Have Proven Unusually Indifferent to the Devastating Consequences of Their Policies

In addition to their pro-China bias, lockdown proponents have proven strangely stubborn in their support of these policies, continuing to promote economically- and socially-destructive measures seemingly without concern for their terrifying real-world consequences; tragically, these consequences are all too real.

Data from the website yelp.com has shown that over 60% of business closures during the COVID-19 crisis are now permanent, amounting to more than 97,000 businesses lost in the U.S.[224] Nearly half of black-owned small businesses have been wiped out.[225] Unemployment in the United States reached as high as 14.7% and highways jammed with thousands of vehicles awaiting their turn at food banks.[226] Nearly 5% of the population of the United Kingdom went hungry during the first three weeks of lockdown.[227]

A survey found that 22% of Canadians were experiencing high anxiety levels, a four-fold increase from before the COVID-19 crisis, while the number reporting symptoms of depression doubled to 13%.[228] More than 40 U.S. states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality.[229] And, according to the CDC, despite mass PCR testing and the enormous number of false positives, at least 100,947 excess deaths in 2020 were not linked to COVID-19 at all.[230]

Though at little risk from the virus itself, young people bore an outsized share of the burden of lockdown. More than seven in ten adults aged 18–23 said they experienced common symptoms of depression.[231] The CDC revealed that young adults aged 25–44 saw the largest increase in “excess” deaths from previous years, a stunning 26.5% jump,[232] despite accounting for fewer than 3% of deaths from COVID-19. This increase literally surpassed the increase in excess mortality of older Americans, who are at much higher risk of COVID-19 fatality. Since young people are at very low risk for COVID-19 fatality — 20–49-year-olds have a 99.98% chance of surviving the virus, per CDC data — this shocking increase in deaths is largely attributable to deaths of “despair,” in other words, deaths by lockdown.[233]

Suicides jumped to unprecedented levels around the world. “We’ve never seen numbers like this in such a short period of time,” said Walnut Creek’s Dr. Mike deBoisblanc. “I mean we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”[234] “September of 2020 has been the highest month ever that we’ve seen suicidal patients admitted to our medical center,” said Dr. Kia Carter, medical director of Psychiatry at Cook Children’s Hospital.[235] In Japan, government statistics show suicide claimed more lives in October than Covid-19 has over the entire year to date.[236]

And, despite being at virtually no risk from COVID-19, as a result of lockdowns, children have suffered the most of all. Nearly one in four children living under COVID-19 lockdowns, social restrictions, and school closures are dealing with feelings of anxiety, with many at risk of lasting psychological distress.[237] In recent surveys of children and parents in the U.S., Germany, Finland, Spain and the U.K. by Save the Children, up to 65% of the children struggled with feelings of isolation.[238]

Children’s health and intellectual development has regressed. Some who were potty-trained before lockdowns have reverted to diapers, and others have forgotten basic numbers or how to use a knife and fork.[239]According to the University of Wisconsin, during the COVID-19 crisis American children over the age of ten have engaged in 50% less physical activity.[240] Achievement gaps have widened, and early literacy progress has declined.[241] Per CDC, the proportion of mental health–related emergency visits for children aged 5–11 and 12–17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively.[242] And, most horrifying of all, a study found a 1493% rise in the incidence of abusive head trauma among children during the first month of lockdown in the U.K.[243]

These are not statistics. They’re friends, neighbors, and citizens, whose lives have been needlessly destroyed by government policies. But while these statistics among the Nations may be horrifying, they pale in comparison to the suffering of untold millions in the developing world, cast into starvation and poverty as a result of our lockdowns. Autocracies grew more oppressive, and democracies took on autocratic characteristics.[244] In India, millions of stranded workers lost their livelihoods and marched in exodus to far-off villages.[245] In South Africa, food lines stretched for miles.[246] Quarantined migrants in Saudi Arabia were left to die. “The guards just throw the bodies out back as if it was trash.”[247]

The United Nations forewarned of a “famine of biblical proportions” with 265 million people “literally marching to the brink of starvation,”[248] and later estimated that the crisis had “pushed an additional 150 million children into multidimensional poverty — deprived of education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation or water.”[249] All this for a virus that the WHO’s peer-reviewed data[250] now reveals to have an infection fatality rate of 0.23% — 0.05% in those under age 70 — and which the WHO estimates might have already infected one in ten people worldwide by October.[251]

According to the International Monetary Fund, the economy of just one G20 country grew during 2020: China.[252]

That lockdown supporters may not want to acknowledge these facts does not make them any less real. The suffering caused by these policies cannot be undone, but it can at least be prevented going forward, and justice can be obtained if these policies were imposed in bad faith.

Under the United Nations’ Covenant on Civil and Political rights, it is incumbent on any government imposing disease control measures to utilize the “least restrictive means” available to effectively achieve the public health goal.[253] With the examples of Sweden, Florida, South Dakota, Belarus, and others successfully deploying means far less restrictive than China’s lockdowns to manage COVID-19 — without incurring any excess mortality or results worse than lockdown areas — it is difficult to understand how any world leader can continue to impose these measures in good faith.

CONCLUSION

In the 20th century, the term totalitarian was born to describe certain regimes that used modern technology to control every aspect of citizens’ lives, binding them to the state by breaking all pre-existing social bonds. One such regime was the Soviet Union, and there is a growing expert consensus that China today is likewise totalitarian.[254] Totalitarian regimes utilize any and all means in the pathological monopolization of power. Though they deliver an exceptionally low quality of life to their citizens, totalitarian states are advanced political organisms, punching above their weight in geopolitics with their unparalleled ability to keep secrets and execute complex operations — the archetypal example being the clandestine rearmament of Germany in the 1930s. In the wilds of geopolitics, the lion underestimates the snake at its own peril, and with lockdowns, the CCP appears to have delivered the world a hefty dose of snake oil.

Both intelligence agencies and scientists may be forgiven for overlooking the CCP’s lockdown fraud. The scientific concepts involved are complex enough to elude defense officials,[255] while the geopolitical implications of China’s turn toward totalitarianism are certainly convoluted enough to have deceived scientists.

Throughout 2020, lockdown measures have been quite popular, but that popularity is deceptive. For the general public, the idea that anyone might accept some outside incentive to support such devastating policies while knowing them to be ineffective — needlessly bankrupting millions of families and depriving millions of children of education and food — is, quite simply, too dark. Thus, the public supports lockdowns because the alternative — that they might have been implemented without good cause — is a possibility too evil for most to contemplate. But those who know history know that others with superficially excellent credentials have done even worse for even less.

Furthermore, most of the public believes that if there were anything untoward about the science behind lockdowns, intelligence agencies would stop them. For obvious reasons, those who work at intelligence agencies do not have the luxury of such complacency. Given the gravity of the decisions being made, we cannot ignore the possibility that the entire “science” of COVID-19 lockdowns has been a fraud of unprecedented proportion, deliberately promulgated by the Chinese Communist Party and its collaborators to impoverish the nations who implemented it.

[1] E.g., Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui, Cities That Went All In on Social Distancing in 1918 Emerged Stronger for It, N.Y. Times, Apr. 3, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/03/upshot/coronavirus-cities-social-distancing-better-employment.html.

[2] Civil Action №2:20-cv-677 (W.D. Pa. May. 28, 2020), https://casetext.com/case/cnty-of-butler-v-wolf-1.

[3] Citing Howard Markel et al., Nonpharmaceutical Interventions Implemented by US Cities During the 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic, 298 JAMA 644, 647 (2007). The total duration of nonpharmaceutical interventions imposed by state and local mandate for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were 51 and 53 days, respectively. Id. at 647, Table 1. This length was, generally, representative of the duration of interventions in most cities. Id. Seattle had the longest period of restrictions, nationwide, at 168 days from start to finish. See also Greg Ip, New Thinking on Covid Lockdowns: They’re Overly Blunt and Costly, WALL ST. J., Aug. 24, 2020 (“Prior to Covid-19, lockdowns weren’t part of the standard epidemic tool kit, which was primarily designed with flu in mind. During the 1918–1919 flu pandemic, some American cities closed schools, churches and theaters, banned large gatherings and funerals and restricted store hours. But none imposed stay-at-home orders or closed all nonessential businesses. No such measures were imposed during the 1957 flu pandemic, the next-deadliest one; even schools stayed open.”).

[4] Citing Noreen Quails et al., Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza, United States, 2017 (Sonja A. Rasmussen et al. eds., 2017).

[5] Thomas V. Inglesby, Jennifer B. Nuzzo, Tara O’toole, and D. A. Henderson, Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science Vol. 4 №4, 2006, https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.552.1109&rep=rep1&type=pdf.

[6] Amy Qin, China’s Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On, N.Y. Times, Feb. 15, 2020,https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/15/world/asia/xi-china-coronavirus.html.

[7] Choi Chi-yuk, Xi Jinping’s anti-graft drive has caught so many officials that Beijing’s elite prison is running out of cells, Feb. 14, 2018, South China Morning Post, https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2133251/xi-jinpings-anti-graft-drive-has-caught-so-many.

[8] Tom Phillips, ‘Dictator for life’: Xi Jinping’s power grab condemned as step towards tyranny, Feb. 26, 2018, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/26/xi-jinping-china-presidential-limit-scrap-dictator-for-life.

[9] Austin Ramzy and Chris Buckley, ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims, N.Y. Times, Nov. 16, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/16/world/asia/china-xinjiang-documents.html.

[10] Tanner Greer, China’s Plans to Win Control of the Global Order, Tablet Magazine, May 17, 2020, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/china-plans-global-order.

[11] Sheena Chestnut Greitens and Julian Gewirtz, China’s Troubling Vision for the Future of Public Health, Foreign Affairs, Jul. 10, 2020, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2020-07-10/chinas-troubling-vision-future-public-health.

[12] Amy Qin, China’s Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On, N.Y. Times, Feb. 15, 2020,https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/15/world/asia/xi-china-coronavirus.html.

[13] Chris Buckley, China’s ‘Big Cannon’ Blasted Xi. Now He’s Been Jailed for 18 Years, N.Y. Times, Sep. 22, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/22/world/asia/china-ren-zhiqiang-tycoon.html.

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This letter is to be construed only as a recommendation that the above matters be investigated by law-enforcement authorities as a matter of national security. This is not a formal criminal complaint, nor are these facts necessarily indicative that any crime may have been committed by any individual named herein, a determination that can be made only by appropriate legal authorities.

Respectfully submitted this 10th day of January, 2021, by:

Michael P. Senger, Attorney, @michaelpsenger;
Stacey A. Rudin, Attorney, 
@stacey_rudin;
Dr. Clare Craig FRCPath, Consultant Diagnostic Pathologist, 
@ClareCraigPath;
Robert Spalding, retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, 
@robert_spalding;
Randy Hillier, MPP Lanark, Frontenac & Kingston, 
@randyhillier;
Francis Hoar, Barrister at Law, 
@Francis_Hoar;
Sanjeev Sabhlok, PhD, former Commissioner in an Indian State Government, 
@sabhlok;
Brian O’Shea, COO, Centurion Intelligence Partners, 
@BrianOSheaSPI;
Maajid Nawaz, Activist, Author & Broadcaster, 
@MaajidNawaz;
Simon Dolan, Business Leader & Entrepreneur, 
@simondolan.

 

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