Biden Officials Now Believe the Lab Leak Origin "Conspiracy Theory" Is Credible
By Jennifer Van Laar | Jul 16, 2021 11:15 PM ET
The Wuhan coronavirus “lab leak” origin theory, which at one time was considered such “fake news” that social media posts mentioning it were subject to deletion/censoring by Big Tech, is now believed to be as credible as the zoonotic transfer origin theory by Biden administration officials, according to a Friday evening report by CNN.
As Scott Hounsell wrote Thursday, since Sen. Rand Paul grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci about gain-of-function research conducted in conjunction with the Wuhan Institue of Virology and a potential lab leak origin, attitudes have shifted dramatically among scientists and government officials on the topic. For one day after Paul decimated Fauci in front of the country, Fauci-stans claimed that Sen. Paul had been pwned by the elderly bureaucrat. Then a group of virologists, including Dr. Ralph Baric – the UNC researcher who’d conducted numerous studies with Dr. Shi Zhengli – wrote an open letter urging the re-examination of the lab leak theory, citing China’s failure to cooperate and provide original data to the World Health Organization. Baric’s change of heart opened the floodgates, and since then we learned that we’ve been lied to, or given “misinformation,” about a number of things.
We learned that:
The State Department knew as early as 2017 that the People’s Liberation Army was funding and conducting research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology
NIH/NIAID funded gain-of-function research with Chinese scientists for at least a decade before the outbreak of the pandemic
Chinese military scientists took part in NIH/NIAID-funded research
The Wuhan Wet Market was not “ground zero” for the outbreak
Dr. Peter Daszak, who’d directed hundreds of millions of dollars of gain-of-function research and partnered with the WIV, served as a Facebook fact-checker on COVID-19 origins