Conspiracy theorists are doing yet another victory lap.
Anyone who suggested that COVID-19 leaked from a lab due to gain-of-function research was censored, called a conspiracy theorist, or a crazy anti-vaxxer.
It turns out that the COVID-19 lab leak “theory” is most likely true.
The US Energy Department has admitted that COVID was released from a lab.
According to the Wall Street Journal Sunday morning:
The U.S. Energy Department has concluded that the Covid pandemic most likely arose from a laboratory leak, according to a classified intelligence report recently provided to the White House and key members of Congress.
The shift by the Energy Department, which previously was undecided on how the virus emerged, is noted in an update to a 2021 document by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s office.
“The new report highlights how different parts of the intelligence community have arrived at disparate judgments about the pandemic’s origin. The Energy Department now joins the Federal Bureau of Investigation in saying the virus likely spread via a mishap at a Chinese laboratory. Four other agencies, along with a national intelligence panel, still judge that it was likely the result of a natural transmission, and two are undecided.”
Zero Hedge reported:
The latest US agency to embrace the lab leak idea is the Energy Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing a classified intelligence report provided to the White House and top members of Congress.
Sources told WSJ, “the Energy Department has concluded that the Covid pandemic most likely arose from a laboratory leak.”
The Energy Department had an undecided stance on the virus’ origins. The conclusion is due to new intelligence, but the department hedged itself by indicating “low confidence” in its latest opinion, according to people who have read the classified report.
The agency joins the FBI in expressing the opinion the virus’ origins are due to a Chinese lab leak. WSJ noted four other agencies and a national intelligence panel still believe the virus was likely the result of natural transmission, and two are undecided.
The Energy Department’s report is important because the agency supervises the US national laboratories, some of which are Level 4 labs.
US officials wouldn’t shed more color on why the Energy Department changed its views on the origins of Covid. They said the agency and FBI have come to the same conclusions for different reasons.
Will they ever admit that it was released intentionally? We’ll have to see how this plays out.
Anthony Fauci funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab and lied to Congress about it under oath.