As widely expected, the Intelligence Community (IC) assessment of Covid-19 origins fails to conclusively answer much of anything.
On some points in the assessment, such as whether Covid-19 was genetically engineered, there is broad disagreement with scientists who say the evidence shows man’s intervention.
The assessment also gives China the benefit of the doubt, guessing that Covid-19 was not developed by the Communist Chinese as part of a weapons program and that the Communist Chinese had no advance knowledge of the disaster.
Sources say that early in the pandemic, government scientists who examined the genetics of the virus concluded Covid-19 was genetically engineered, but they were not authorized to announce those findings.
Meantime, questions about whether it originated in the Wuhan, China biolab; whose scientists had received funding and partnered with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); were falsely termed “debunked conspiracy theories” and censored on social media and on the Internet. When President Trump raised the possibility, the media falsely claimed the idea had been debunked.
A World Health Organization (WHO) team sent to investigate in China included a controversial scientist with a conflict of interest. Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance was also part of the U.S.-Chinese partnerships on coronavirus research and “gain-of-function” studies funded by U.S. tax money and approved by Fauci.
The WHO team initially concluded the virus did not come from the Wuhan lab. But amid growing controversy, WHO officials and others expressed the need to look further.
As more scientists spoke out to validate the “lab origin” belief, it was widely acknowledged that it had been a mistake to say the idea was disproven or debunked.
After Joe Biden took office, he asked for an assessment from the Intelligence Community, which has been known for markedly wrong intelligence assessments on important issues in recent years.