The DOE just started a firestorm of controversy by releasing a previously classified report. One which supports the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan. Democrats are quick to seize on the language which put “low confidence” in the finding. All that really means is it was based on what they did know, which wasn’t much.
DOE report supports lab leak
This report was put out by the DOE. It didn’t come from leaked Fauci emails or some other dubious source. In 2021, Dr. David Relman, an infectious disease expert and microbiologist at Stanford University, wrote, “we want to know what led to this, so we can hopefully try and prevent something similar from happening in the future.”
They didn’t care politically who was to blame, they wanted to protect the human species.
Nobody expected the Department of Energy to have the smoking gun evidence but CNN reports that their assessment is certainly “adding to the confusion about what really happened in Wuhan, China, in late 2019.”
Classified documents leaked (they should be declassified!) showing scientists at DOE believe COVID leaked from Wuhan Lab https://t.co/glETIVPe5z
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 27, 2023
The DOE concluded that “Covid-19 likely resulted from lab leak.” Not just any lab, the big level 4 Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Wall Street Journal was the first to get their hands on the recently declassified DOE report. They took a couple “sources” out for drinks and learned “that the department assessed in the intelligence report that it had ‘low confidence‘ that the coronavirus accidentally escaped from a lab in Wuhan.”
At least that gives them something to leverage in response. CNN explains that “a low confidence assessment generally means that the information obtained is not reliable enough or is too fragmented to make a more definitive analytic judgment or that there is not enough information available to draw a more robust conclusion.” That doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
Spy community divided
National security adviser Jake Sullivan got pushed out in front of TV cameras on Sunday. He couldn’t debunk the DOE report completely, so focused on building the plausible deniability. Sullivan “acknowledged” that “the intelligence community is divided on the matter.”
Since the spooks can’t settle the question, Joe Biden promises to “put resources into getting to the bottom of the origin question.” Any excuse to print up some more money. While adding to the controversy, the report doesn’t add a whole lot to the narrative.
Ever since the outbreak started, half the world has been blaming it on a lab leak and the other half denying it. “The intelligence community has been split on the matter for years.” Part of the problem was that anybody even mentioning the possibility of a lab leak was instantly labeled “xenophobic or racist.”
In the past week, they've admitted:
1. COVID origin >> Chinese lab leak (DOE)
2. Natural immunity➕or Vax immunity (Lancet)
3. Vax mandates did NOT increase vax rates (GMU)
4. Masks had NO impact on the epidemic (Cochran)
Take a victory lap, my skeptical friends!🥇 pic.twitter.com/bRYATQlid1
— Jason Bassler (@JasonBassler1) February 27, 2023
All because that was the theory President Donald Trump supported. Nobody even knew that the DOE did an assessment it “was provided to Congress as Republicans on Capitol Hill have been pushing for further investigation into the theory.”
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul is “pleased” the DOE “has finally reached the same conclusion that I had already come to.” He came to that conclusion from his own investigation in 2021.
“Now is the time for the entire Biden administration to join the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the majority of Americans by publicly concluding what common sense told us at the start – the COVID-19 pandemic originated from a lab leak in Wuhan, China.“