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CIA whistleblower: analysts given money to bury covid lab-leak theory

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic sent a letter to CIA director William Burns discussing the CIA and a COVID-19 cover-up. The letter asserts that it has knowledge from a whistleblower from the CIA’s  “Covid Discovery Team” that was tasked with investigating the origins of the novel coronavirus. “New testimony from a highly credibly whistleblower” alleges that the CIA “rewarded six analysts with significant financial incentives to change their COVID-19 origins conclusion from a lab-leak to zoonosis

Apart from a “lone officer” in the group who believed the virus “originated through zoonosis,” the remaining officials agreed that, on balance of probabilities, the coronavirus was likely the result of a lab-leak.

“According to the whistleblower, at the end of its review, six of the seven members of the Team believed the intelligence and science were sufficient to make a low confidence assessment that Covid-19 originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China,” the letter reads. “To come to the eventual public determination of uncertainty, the other six members were given a significant monetary incentive to change their position.”

In June, the agency declassified its report that the available evidence on the origins of the coronavirus suggested it “was not genetically engineered.”

 

 

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Congressional Democrats Minimize COVID-19 Lab Leak Theory as Senate Hearing Highlights New Testimonies

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Congressional Democrats continue to downplay the significance of COVID-19’s origin despite conclusions from the FBI and the Department of Energy suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 likely leaked from a Chinese lab. This shift comes after prominent witnesses, including those promoting new books on the talk-show circuit, have conceded that the lab-leak hypothesis is not a “conspiracy theory.”

Just The News reports that this disinterest was evident during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, where Democratic attendance was notably sparse. Robert Garry, a Tulane University microbiologist and co-author of the “Proximal Origin” paper in *Nature Medicine* that initially dismissed “any type of lab-based scenario,” faced significant Republican scrutiny with little defense from Democrats.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) confronted Garry, accusing him of being central to “propaganda” allegedly mobilized by Dr. Anthony Fauci, then-director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to “censor people who ask questions.” Exposed communications reveal that the authors of the Proximal Origin paper largely shifted their stance on the virus’s origin after consulting with Fauci and former National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.

Garry defended his work, claiming it has withstood immense scrutiny and asserting that “new data” convinced him that COVID-19 emerged naturally. He maintained that SARS-CoV-2 is “definitely” not a “laboratory construct” and cited an unclassified summary indicating that “four IC elements” and the National Intelligence Council lean toward natural exposure.

Hawley vehemently disagreed, stating, “That is a lie. I have read” the classified assessments, while accusing Garry and his colleagues of propagandizing the public. Hawley emphasized that the intelligence community did not reach the conclusions Garry described.

The hearing saw limited participation from the Democratic majority, with only Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) speaking. Peters suggested that while the lab-origin theory is “possible,” it is unlikely to be conclusively resolved due to potential non-disclosure by the Chinese government.

Garry reiterated that early COVID samples pointed to the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan as a “hotspot” for the virus, though he conceded that definitive evidence for natural emergence is lacking without raw data from China and records from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) presented exposed communications indicating that Fauci’s “inner circle” of scientists initially considered a lab escape “so friggin’ likely” based on substantial circumstantial evidence. Paul highlighted that the authors internally discussed the improbability of a natural emergence without significant genetic modifications.

Richard Ebright, a Rutgers University microbiologist, testified that the WIV had proposed risky research involving furin cleavage sites in a grant proposal to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in 2018, using only basic safety precautions. He claimed SARS-CoV-2 is the only known SARS-related coronavirus with such a furin cleavage site, which mathematically suggests a lab origin over a natural one.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have demanded various documents and information from the SEC regarding its investigation into Hunter Biden’s business associates. This follows a pattern of Republicans seeking greater transparency and accountability in government-related investigations.

The Department of Health and Human Services has recently suspended and proposed debarment for Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, which funneled NIAID funding to the WIV. This move signals a tightening scrutiny over controversial research funding and potential conflicts of interest.

 

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