In 2009, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a cause for “biological weapons proliferation concern.”
The leaked State Department cable, obtained by Wikileaks, was sent from in June 2009, ahead of the Australia Group plenary session in Paris, September 21-25 of that year. According to Human Events, The Australia Group is “an international export control forum with the goal of preventing the spread of research and technology that could be used in biological and chemical weapons.”
The cable was sent to embassies in all member nations of the group including, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The cable, signed CLINTON at the bottom stated, “We believe it is important to focus on emerging chemical and biological technologies, trends in the trade of CBW-related goods and threats.”