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Evidence suggests the coronavirus pandemic actually originated in a Chinese laboratory in the city of Wuhan where the virus first took hold in December of last year.
Evidence further suggests that attempts to blame the pandemic on the city’s notorious wet market were part of a purposeful plot by the Communist Party of China to deflect blame from its own incompetence.
This information comes courtesy of unnamed sources “who have been briefed on the details of early actions by China’s government and seen relevant materials,” as reported Wednesday by Fox News.
“There is increasing confidence that COVID-19 likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory, though not as a bioweapon but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States,” the outlet revealed.
“The sources believe the initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, and that ‘patient zero’ worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.”
Learn more below via “Special Report with Bret Baier“:
(Source: Fox News)
The evidence includes “classified and open-source documents and evidence” that aren’t definitive and still remain under scrutiny by administration officials.
These documents “detail early efforts by doctors at the lab and early efforts at containment.” They also note that Wuhan’s notorious wet market “never sold bats.”
According to FNC’s sources, “blaming the wet market was an effort by China to deflect blame from the laboratory, along with the country’s propaganda efforts targeting the U.S. and Italy.”
These findings come a day after The Washington Post revealed that U.S. Embassy officials complained about the inadequate safety protocols at the Wuhan lab as early as 2018.
Questioned about Fox’s findings late Wednesday, President Donald Trump neither confirmed the allegations nor denied them.
“I will tell you more and more, we’re hearing the story, and we’ll see. When you say multiple sources, there’s a case where you can use the word sources, but we are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened,” he said.
This spurred Fox’s John Roberts into asking whether Trump has ever spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping about China’s “lack of safety protocols” as it pertains to the communist nation’s laboratory in Wuhan
“I don’t want to discuss what I talked to him about the laboratory. I just don’t want to discuss it. It’s just inappropriate right now,” the president replied.
Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were also questioned about the matter.
“On the lab piece … it should be no surprise to you that we’ve taken a keen interest in that, and we’ve had a lot of intelligence take a hard look at that,” Milley reportedly said. “And I would just say at this point that it’s inconclusive — although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural. But we don’t know for certain.”
Esper was a bit more forthcoming.
“Even today, I see [China] withholding information and I think we need to do more to continue to press them to share,” he said on FNC’s “America’s Newsroom.”
While he wouldn’t confirm or deny the allegations by Fox’s sources, he did state that “most people believe it began naturally — it was organic, if you will. I think in due course, once we get through the pandemic we’re in right now, there’ll be time to look back and really ascertain what happened and make sure we have a better understanding so we can prevent this in the future.”
Asked about the matter by Fox host Martha MacCallum, Pompeo added, “What we do know is we know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was. There is still lots to learn. You should know that the United States government is working diligently to figure it out.”
No thanks to the mainstream American media …
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton was pilloried by the media in February for suggesting that the coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese laboratory:
Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked https://t.co/LaQIrs0Nq8
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 17, 2020
washington post in february vs. fox news tonight. wapo called the idea that coronavirus started in a lab a “conspiracy theory” and said that tom cotton was repeating already debunked claims pic.twitter.com/rYNxKSyRKs
— Logan Hall (@loganclarkhall) April 16, 2020
The media’s smears were then picked up by websites such as Wikipedia.
“Cotton promoted a conspiracy theory that the virus may have escaped from a biochemical lab in Wuhan, China, despite not having any evidence to support this claim,” the online encyclopedia continues to falsely state.
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