According to records from the US Department of State, the Chinese government requested that US diplomatic officials in China undergo an anal swab COVID testing, Fox News reported.

One of the U.S. employees was given a COVID anal swab test “at his apartment,” according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department. 

Last June, Judicial Watch presented a FOIA request for the “records about U.S. diplomatic personnel in or seeking to enter China being subjected to anal swab tests for the COVID-19 virus, including all complaints and communications regarding such testing.” Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit after their request was dismissed.

While some details have been redacted, emails between officials saying that U.S. employees were anally tested for the coronavirus were affirmed.

On Jan. 22, 2021, a general services officer from the United States Consulate General in Shenyang, whose identity has been censored, wrote an email with the subject “New Testing Method?”

In the email, he wrote: “So, a colleague was telling our group that he had been given an anal COVID swab at his apartment,” the email stated. “Just a heads up, as I am sure it is going to blow up soon… if you aren’t already dealing with it. The employee’s name is [redacted]. Just getting ahead before the word of mouth starts spreading.”

The following was a reply from a redacted official: “When did this happen, and where did it happen? What number test are you talking about? Did he say the test would be done in this manner if they gave any advance notice? And he was given options to choose from.

The incident occurred in Beijing, in the American’s apartment, according to a redacted official who replied to the other official.

In the email, the official stated that there was no notification or options as far as he could tell, and that the employee had to take both a nose and anal swab test.

According to Judicial Watch, on Jan. 22, 2021, a management officer at the US Consulate in Shenyang, whose identity was redacted, sent an email with the subject “RE: No Anal swabs for diplomats.”

FAO is informing the Embassy that asking for anal swabs was a mistake and that it did not apply to diplomats. How to handle it will be decided. However, for now, they will have to tell people that they don’t have to do it. Also, to the officer, people do it themselves in private, so it’s not as bad as he thought.

On Jan. 26th, 2021, a redacted U.S. official wrote in a message that he hoped the GSO (General Services Office) and VIP Beijing visits could do something about it to express his frustration about the anal COVID-19 tests. 

On Jan. 27th, 2021, a redacted official wrote that he had asked [redacted] to contact [redacted] immediately regarding the anal swab and environmental testing and that he was calling them at that time. 

That same day, a message from a redacted official was received: “Please contact the [redacted]. [Redacted] turned off the anal swab, and indicated that we are fine with an oral or nasal swab. He also turned off the inside apartment environmental testing as I protested both of those items.”

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