According to a CIA leaker who testified before Congress, the agency paid off its own analysts to testify that Covid-19 did not come from a Wuhan lab.
A veteran ‘senior-level’ serving agency officer claimed that the CIA sent seven personnel to a Covid Discovery Team.
Six of the seven investigators concluded that there was a minimal probability that the Covid-19 virus originated in a lab in Wuhan, China.
The team’s oldest and seventh member thought it developed naturally. The whistleblower claims that the other six were subsequently given a considerable financial incentive to alter their stance.
Even with low confidence, the CIA eventually declined to make an assessment.
The CIA said it will look into the allegations and denied using bribes.
In a letter to CIA Director William Burns on Tuesday, Ohio-based Republican congressman Mike Turner and Brad Wenstrup, the chairs of the intelligence and covid committees, respectively, demanded all relevant papers.
The CIA was given until September 26 to turn over all documents pertaining to the COVID Discovery Team and any correspondence with the FBI, State Department, Health and Human Services, and Energy Department.
If the agencies don’t comply, they’ll issue subpoenas, they threatened.
FBI, DOE Believe COVID-19 Originated in Wuhan Lab, Other Agencies Disagree
In February of this year, the Department of Energy, which regulates American biological research facilities, came to the ‘low confidence’ conclusion that the virus most likely originated from a Wuhan laboratory. With reasonable confidence, the FBI came to the same conclusion.
Five additional intelligence agencies came to the conclusion that the notion of natural transmission where the virus moved from an animal to a human host—was more plausible.
U.S. authorities continue to be irritated by China’s obstruction of their own investigations into the virus’s origins.
Since Chinese authorities destroyed some viral samples and used up others for research, they may never know for sure where it all began.
In June, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence published a declassified report outlining their ambiguous conclusions.
According to all agencies’ ongoing assessments, both a natural and laboratory-related origin remain tenable theories to account for the initial human infection, the report concluded.
Around seven million individuals have died as of this month when the virus ravaged the world starting in 2020.