Editors Note: The theory that suggests that the Lab Leak came at the hands of the Chinese government should be directed at the Chinese government and not the Chinese people. Chinese citizens are not responsible for COVID-19.
After more than a year and initially being totally debunked, the Wuhan Lab Leak theory has gained steam once again because it appears the United States may have played a part in the disaster that followed. That part may have come intentionally or unintentionally (that part is unclear) as it has been revealed that the U.S CDC ponied up $600,000 to China as the pandemic broke out.
That particular tidbit has riled those who have argued that China may know more than the government is leading on but won’t say much. The ruling Communist Party maintains that they had nothing to do with “creating the virus” although that claim is now in dispute. In the months and weeks prior to the pandemic, it was not entirely publicly known that China was studying and researching a process which is known as (“gain of function.”)
Last year when the theory first emerged, the American government took to meetings behind closed doors instead of telling the public what they knew at the time. Vanity Fair uncovered at that time that officials in the State Department were informing their subordinates that they were barred from investigating or pushing the theory as they called it “opening a pandora’s box.”
In China ‘s case, it doesn’t help that its lead COVID-19 research Shi Z doesn’t appear to have ever spoken to the public. It is widely understood that she is barred from doing so as many other Chinese officials have found out in the past. Alike they’ve done with movie-stars it also appears they do the same with health officials. To protect the communist party — these people often aren’t allowed to speak ill of; about, or discuss China in any topic so long as they are within the bounds of mainland China.
If the Chinese CDC and the Chinese CP had a role in the origins of COVID-19 both the Chinese population and the rest of the world deserve to know.
But one couldn’t miss another tidbit also making headlines against the backdrop of America ‘s headache (and role) in the supposed cover-up of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the same Vanity Fair piece (paywall), memos obtained further revealed that the State Department’s Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance bureau may have known at the time that COVID-19 existed long before the public did. Last year the fairly unknown group of researchers and officials managed to get their hands on classified intelligence that confirmed that COVID-19 popped up in August rather than later that fall.
Cover up? But why?
Throughout much of the history of China the communist ruling party has held a tight iron grip on all walks of life includign the release of information. While the claim was initially debunked another claim surfaced that led to American investigators and the U.S State Department probing for answers. While the claim had been debunked fairly quickly, officials were instead looking at the fact that China was wiping the existence of COVID-19 from its country. Lab reports; tests, patient records, anything that could connect or reveal sensitive information about China was blocked from worldview.
It did not help the idea that most are now considering may be credible after all. At one point, there was a man named Li Wenliang who tried to tell the world including Chinese officials that a case of pneumonia found at the time might have actually been SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19.) The revelation from Wenliang led to his immediate arrest over claims he was disrupting social order and going against the ruling party. It is unclear exactly what happened to him though he later died of the very same virus he tried to sound the alarm on.