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Letter from NIH Official Admits to Funding Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan

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A letter was sent to Republican Representative James Comer from Lawrence A. Tabak of the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirming what many Republicans have concluded about the novel coronavirus pandemic, but have been denied by Fauci and others in the Biden administration.

The letter, sent Wednesday by the top NIH official, admits U.S. taxpayers did indeed fund gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan. “In keeping with Fauci’s refusal to use ‘gain-of-function,’ Tabak avoids the term, though the work he described matches its commonplace definition precisely,” writes National Review.

Additionally, the letter confirmed the U.S. non-profit EcoHealth Alliance that funneled money from the NIH to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was not transparent about its work. Tabak writes about a “limited experiment” that was conducted to test if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.” The lab mice infected “became sicker” than those infected with the unmodified bat virus.

EcoHealth had filed a “previously unpublished” grant proposal with the NIAID. The proposal was obtained by The Intercept and exposed that $599,000 of the total grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was for research figuring out how to make viruses more dangerous and/or infectious.

Additionally, Tabak reveals EcoHealth failed to comply with its reporting responsibilities under the grant, therefore now has five days to submit to NIH “any and all unpublished data” relating to the project for compliance purposes.

National Review writes “Dr. Richard Ebright, biosafety expert and professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University, had previously rebutted Fauci’s claim that the NIH ‘has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology [WIV]’ as ‘demonstrably false.”

“Ebright told National Review that the NIH-financed work at the WIV ‘epitomizes’ the definition of gain-of-function research, which deals with ‘enhanced potential pandemic pathogen (PPP)’ or those pathogens ‘resulting from the enhancement of the transmissibility and/or virulence of a pathogen.”

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’

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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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