Tucker Carlson gets blunt: US officials helped China cover up COVID origins

Fox News host Tucker Carlson examined shocking new evidence from the batch of FOIA’d emails released earlier this week that prove former State Department officials and American scientists lied to cover up the origins of the coronavirus. 

In his opening commentary on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday, Carlson pointed to a surprising exposé from Vanity Fair, a traditionally left-leaning outlet, that reveals bad actors in political appointees and government-funded scientists who wanted to bury any evidence of the virus’ origins from a lab in Wuhan, China to cover their own tails. 

Vanity Fair reported that Chris Ford, then the acting undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, was disinterested and even hostile toward an investigation.

In a memo in January 2021, Ford reportedly pushed back against a panel of experts’ initial investigation, claiming it contained weak evidence and warned “against suggesting that there is anything inherently suspicious—and suggestive of biological warfare activity—about People’s Liberation Army (PLA) involvement at WIV on classified projects. It would be difficult to say that military involvement in classified virus research is intrinsically problematic, since the U.S. Army has been deeply involved in virus research in the United States for many years.”

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Thomas DiNanno, a former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, tried to push back but wrote in a January memo that staff from two bureaus “warned” leaders in his office not to look into the origins of the virus because it risked opening “a can of worms.”

It was just a few weeks ago that the theory the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan went from being considered taboo and racist to a universally accepted fact overnight. The Wall Street Journal confirmed that the first COVID victims were researchers working with bat viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The emails that Buzzfeed obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showed that Dr. Fauci knew from the get-go that coronavirus was manufactured in China with the help of U.S. government funding and tax dollars. 

Americans are perplexed as to why the government would lie to us for so long. After all, they were telling us to “trust the science”; but they apparently knew that the evidence they presented to the public regarding the virus origins was wrong. 

The reason for this becomes quite clear when you follow the money. Tucker Carlson thread the needle on this in his monologue Thursday:

“Research scientists are addicted to tax dollars. If the public understood just how recklessly they’ve behaved — endangering the entire world with their weird little experiments in poorly relegated labs in China — the money might dry up. As a former NSC official called Jamie Metzl put it, ‘If the pandemic started as part of a lab leak, it had the potential to do to virology what Three Mile Island and Chernobyl did to nuclear science.’”


The solution scientists drew was to lie and there were plenty of political appointees and bureaucrats who hated the administration that they worked for who were apparently willing to help.

In fact, scientists were so pressed to keep up appearances so that they could continue raking in government funding, they sent death threats to CDC Director Robert Redfield when he had the audacity to suggest in a CNN interview that the virus came from a lab, Carlson noted.

“I am of the point of view that I still think the most likely ideology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, escaped. Other people don’t believe that,” Redfield had said. “It’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out. It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect the laboratory worker.”

Redfield told Vanity Fair: “I was threatened and ostracized because I proposed another hypothesis. I expected it from politicians. I didn’t expect it from science.”

In February of 2020, corrupt scientists who had a hand in the virus and its escape, wrote a letter in the universally respected science journal, “Lancet” that was coordinated by Peter Daszack who was involved in gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The letter stated matter of factly that coronavirus did not have origins in a Wuhan lab. Period.

Daszack even hand-selected signatories to eliminate conflict of interest. He wrote another scientist named Ralph Baric, who was working on the same research as he was in Wuhan, and told him not to sign the letter “so we maximize an independent voice”.

The letter was completely fabricated and baseless, yet Tony Fauci himself cited it in dispelling origin theories: 

“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what exists now, it’s very, very strongly leaning towards that could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated. The way the mutations have naturally evolved. A number of very qualified evolutionary biologists have said everything about the progressive evolution over time strongly indicates that it evolved in the wild, then jumped species.”


A mere handful of scientists and leadership had the courage to stand against the fabricators. Carlson pointed to Giles Demaneuf who formed a group of researchers called “DRASTIC,” Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team. Former NSC official Jamie Metzel joined shortly thereafter. They soon uncovered  Shi Zhengli, known as the “bat lady in Wuhan,” collected samples of a bat coronavirus that were virtually identical to COVID-19 from a cave in the Yunnan province in China. 

Several miners had been killed there in 2012 and she recognized the virus’ significance because it moved directly to humans. 

As luck would have it, after the coronavirus pandemic began, Shi Zhengli tried to hide that COVID-19 was virtually identical to the virus from the mine she’d collected. In her records, she renamed the virus to hide its source.  

Corrupt Peter Daszcak went on to publish a paper with Shi Zhengli categorizing all of the hundreds of coronavirus strains they’d encountered in recent years, but they left out the deadly viruses found in the Yunnan mine.

Despite the mounting evidence of a cover-up, some journalists just can’t get over their love for Fauci, even when all the facts point to his involvement in the cover-up. After the FOAI’d emails were released, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace had the infamous doctor on and said, “Well the true mark of someone is if they look good even when their personal emails come out, so you passed the test that very few of us would pass.”

David Asher, the State Department contractor who ran the origin investigation, recently told Fox News some State Department workers “were deliberately playing down possible links to China’s biological weapons program.”

“At the State Department in the last months of the last administration we didn’t draw or assert any conclusions, but we worked successfully to reveal certain facts and raise significant questions about the clear plausibility of a lab leak origin,” he said. “This was a global public service, and it is good that experts and journalists are increasingly turning their own attention to the issue, albeit belatedly.” 


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