A government investigation last year into the origins of the coronavirus found virtually no evidence that COVID-19 originated in nature, former State Department official David Asher told Fox News on Thursday.
“We found that despite claims from our scientific community, including the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Fauci’s NIAID organization, there was almost no evidence to support a natural, zoonotic, or source of COVID- 19 ″, he said. Reports. “
The investigation was conducted outside the State Department’s Arms Control and Verification (AVC) office and initially launched at the behest of former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before ending this year .
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Asher, the main contractor on the subject, said the team had investigated the two main hypotheses about the origins of the virus, the other being the laboratory leak theory which gained credibility after widespread media rejection. over the past year.
“The data piled up disproportionately as we investigated whether it came from a lab or a supernatural source,” he said.
Asher has a history of investigative money tracking work for the AQ Khan Network, the North Korean nuclear program, and top Al Qaeda leaders, but it has come under the control of former officials of the state department.
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Asher slammed former Assistant Secretary of State Chris Ford on Thursday, who expressed reservations about the investigation’s findings and cautioned against the lab theory. Ford told Fox News the AVC probe was kept under wraps from him and bypassed biological experts in the department and the intelligence community, although adding the lab origin theory was “very possible.”
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has become a focal point for investigators interested in the origins of the virus, in part due to its known research on bat coronaviruses.
“It was the epicenter of synthetic biology in the People’s Republic of China, and they were up to some very hairy stuff with synthetic biology and so-called gain-of-function techniques,” Asher said, asserting more late as the probabilities of natural origin were extremely long.
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“To say that this came from a zoonotic situation is ridiculous,” he said.
President Biden ordered the intelligence community to investigate the origins of the virus this week, and Asher expressed hope his findings would be transparent.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.