I hope I won’t get demonetized from Google for telling you this, but – brace yourselves – the Wall Street Journal reported that the Energy Department concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic likely started with a leak from a virus lab in Wuhan, China. I know, I’m as shocked as you are!
This reportedly comes from a classified intelligence report issued to the White House and key members of Congress. The Energy Department’s shift is attributed to “new intelligence” (they could just attribute it to "intelligence"), and according to the WSJ, “is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research.” The paper said the Energy Department and the FBI now believe COVID most likely came from a Chinese lab leak, four other agencies still think it was due to “natural transmission,” and two more are undecided.
As expected, Congressional Republicans had a furious reaction and are demanding more information and accountability from China. They should also demand accountability from the media and social media for branding the idea of a lab leak as a “debunked theory” and censoring anyone who even tried to discuss the possibility of it.
There are also calls for investigations of Dr. Fauci for allegedly spreading misinformation about other people spreading misinformation when they suggested the virus came out of a lab in China.
The Biden White House is trying to downplay the report, with White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan doing an amazing impression of a fog machine by spewing this epic cloud of vaporous Washington verbiage:
"One of the things in that Wall Street Journal's report, which I can't confirm or deny, but I will say the reference to the Department of Energy, President Biden specifically requested that the National Labs, which are part of the Department of Energy, be brought into this assessment because he wants to put every tool at use to be able to figure out what happened here. And if we gain any further insight or information, we will share it with Congress, and we will share it with the American people. But, right now, there is not a definitive answer that has emerged from the intelligence community on this question."
I’d guess there is as little chance of ever getting a “definitive answer” about China's culpability from this Administration as there is of getting a decipherable statement from Jake Sullivan.