New explosive evidence from U.S. intelligence has raised questions that the CCP Virus had accidentally escaped from a Wuhan laboratory, and on Jan. 15 Mike Pompeo asked for a full investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO).
A research team from the WHO arrived in Wuhan, with its trip shrouded in secrecy, and it is reportedly not investigating the lab, where it is claimed researchers there suffered symptoms of the virus in the fall of 2019, months before Wuhan was brought to its knees with the pandemic, as the new intel has revealed.
“This raises questions about the credibility of [Wuhan Institute of Virology] WIV senior researcher Shi Zhengli’s public claim that there was ‘zero infection’ among the WIV’s staff and students of SARS-CoV-2 or SARS-related viruses,” Pompeo said.
Wuhan lab bat virus and CCP Virus 96.2% similarity
The United States also said the lab, which has secret links to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), was conducting experiments with a bat virus that is 96.2% the same as the CCP Virus that has decimated populations all over the world.
The RaTG13 strain was identified by the Wuhan lab as its genetically closest sample to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at 96.2% similarity, reported the Daily Mail.
According to the State Department, the RaTG13 was collected in a sample from a cave in Yunnan Province eight years ago, after a group of miners suffered a SARS-like illness and died.
CCP withholding vital information about the virus
“Beijing continues today to withhold vital information that scientists need to protect the world from this deadly virus, and the next one,” Pompeo said as he revealed the previously unreported intelligence implicating the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in the origins of the pandemic.
Although he didn’t suggest the virus was the deliberate result of genetic engineering, or deliberately unleashed on an unsuspecting public, he raised the issue that it may have escaped from the WIV due to poor safety measures.
“Accidental infections in labs have caused several previous virus outbreaks in China and elsewhere, including a 2004 SARS outbreak in Beijing that infected nine people, killing one,” the State Department said in a briefing document.
It added that the lab “has not been transparent or consistent about its record of studying viruses most similar to the COVID-19 virus, including RaTG13.”
In addition, Pompeo said that the Wuhan lab has worked on “secret projects with China’s military.”
Wuhan Institute of Virology and the military
“The WIV has engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017,” Pompeo said.
The CCP has resisted pressure from the outside world for a full investigation to be conducted into the origins of the virus. But after many months of negotiations the WHO team has been granted permission to investigate the “wet market” that had sparked the infection early on, although it appears no plans have been made to investigate if the virus was accidentally released from the Wuhan lab.
State media continues to suggest the virus could have originated elsewhere and not in China. In announcing the WHO experts’ visit, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “The tracing of the virus origin will most likely involve multiple countries and localities.”
Sen. Tom Cotton’s warning
The CCP knew the virus was deadly, and it allowed the virus to escape China’s borders before alerting the rest of the world.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) tried to warn the United States 12 months ago that the virus from Wuhan was a type of unknown pneumonia, however Washington was obsessed with impeaching former President Trump.
Speaking to Maria Baritomo on “Sunday Futures,” Cotton said, “All the evidence continues to point to the Institute of Virology in Wuhan as a source of this virus, not some ‘food market’ in Wuhan. China is covering it up just like they covered up for weeks how deadly this virus was.”
This, said Cotton, has allowed the virus to become the deadliest pandemic this century.
Last week, as Joe Biden was being sworn in as president, the CCP imposed new sanctions on 28 former Trump administration officials, and Mike Pompeo was included on the list.
A day earlier, Pompeo had said the the repression of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region is a “genocide.”