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BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post have published thousands of pages of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s government emails, and much like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s controversial emails, they’re now raising some serious questions.
The emails — 3,200 published by BuzzFeed and 860 published by the Post — were obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests and published separately Wednesday.
While the emails contain a multitude of revelations, some of the more key ones are highlighted below:
Advised against wearing masks
In early February of 2020, former Obama era Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell emailed Fauci to ask him for advice about wearing face masks while traveling. In response, he wrote back claiming masks were useless for the uninfected.
“Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection. The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material,” he wrote.
“It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a very low risk location,” he added.
NEW 🚨 Fauci email reveals what he said about wearing masks. pic.twitter.com/tav0tGsoY1
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) June 2, 2021
The email matched his public remarks at the time. However, Fauci later performed an about-face and, when asked to account for the change in attitude, admitted that he’d lied to the public to prevent them from going out and buying up all the available masks.
Thanked for dismissing the lab leak theory
Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was thanked last April by zoologist Peter Daszak for pushing back on the theory that the coronavirus had originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
Daszak runs the EcoHealth Alliance, an organization that, after collecting $3.4 million grants from the NIH, directed that money to the lab in Wuhan.
“I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” he wrote to Fauci on April 18th, 2020.
“From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’s origins,” he added.
Peter Daszak, who was deeply involved both in Wuhan coronavirus research & in misleading the public about the likelihood of a lab leak, thanked Fauci for helping “dispel the myths” around COVID origins and blamed Fox News for targeting his grant. From the @JasonLeopold FOIA batch pic.twitter.com/LgloFVaFZX
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) June 1, 2021
Over a year later, the lab leak theory is no longer considered a conspiracy theory.
A researcher told him the virus might be engineered
In January, months before Daszak emailed him, Prof. Kristian G. Andersen, PhD, of the Scripps Research Institute Department of Immunology and Microbiology warned Fauci that some of the coronavirus’s features “(potentially) look engineered.”
“I should mention that after discussions earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory. But we have to look at this much more closely and there are still further analyses to be done, so those opinions could still change,” he added.
Very interesting email from the Fauci documents obtained by @JasonLeopold: pic.twitter.com/XV6Kiy8LPj
— Jimmy Tobias (@JamesCTobias) June 1, 2021
And indeed his opinion did change. Two months later, he and his colleagues published a paper saying “we do not believe that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible.”
Corresponded frequently with CCP officials
On several occasions, Fauci exchanged pleasant emails with top Chinese Communist Party officials behind then-President Donald Trump’s back.
“[E]ven as Trump ratcheted up attacks on China for not containing the virus after it was first discovered there, Fauci sought to maintain ties with [Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director George] Gao,” according to the Post.
In an email sent in March of 2020, Fauci thanked a suspected CCP propagandist for emailing him a list of coronavirus recommendations from CCP official Dr. Wenhong Zhang.
Fauci responds to a Michael Liu saying “We have indeed learned much from our Chinese colleagues” and thanks Liu for bringing “these issues (China’s response to COVID) to our attention.” Liu’s email consists of recommendations from Dr. Zhang, a member of the CCP. #FauciEmails pic.twitter.com/MSwRq6dX5z
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) June 2, 2021
The link to the vid of Dr. Zhang referenced in the email is from “The Paper”, a digital paper overseen by the Chinese Communist Party. Did Fauci know he was more than likely responding to a CCP propagandist pushing CCP propaganda?
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) June 2, 2021
Doesn’t care for the idolatry
Unlike disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, Fauci doesn’t appear to care much for the limelight.
On March 31st, 2020, an NIH colleague sent him an email linking to a Post piece titled “Fauci socks, Fauci doughnuts, Fauci fan art: The coronavirus expert attracts a cult following.”
In response, he wrote back, “Truly surrealistic. Hopefully, this all stops soon. … It is not at all pleasant, that is for sure.”
A couple of days later, he forwarded an article titled “Cuomo Crush and ‘Fauci Fever’ — Sexualization of These Men Is a Real Thing on the Internet.”
“It will blow your mind. Our society is really totally nuts,” he wrote of the article.
In regard to blown minds, some feel similarly about his stunning lies and incompetence.
The #FauciEmails reveal incompetence at every level of the scientific community. These people are legitimate idiots and completely fuck-ups.
— Internet Dad Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 2, 2021
Historians will be so confused by the media’s lionization of Fauci. Once politics of the moment are removed from the equation, Fauci will be seen as having been consistently wrong, disingenuous, self-aggrandizing—and possibly much, much worse (gain of function, etc.) #FauciEmails
— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) June 2, 2021
From the very beginning of this tyrannical episode, some of us took a lot of risk pushing back on clear data distortions, narrative gaslighting, media agitprop, and Fauci canonization. And now thanks to #FauciEmails confirmation of a scamdemic is cemented.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) June 2, 2021
Only liberals who get their worldview from CNN &FRIENDS are surprised about #FauciEmails and the Wuhan Lab Leak. Those of us who think for themselves could see it coming from a mile away.
— Jarome Bell (@JaromeBellVA) June 2, 2021
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