With the Summer Olympics kicking off in Japan amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, now is a good time to remember that in just six months more Olympics are due to take place. in Beijing, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Party leadership coordinated – and continues to perpetrate – a massive cover-up of the origins of the virus and the circumstances surrounding its initial outbreak.
As the director of national intelligence for much of the pandemic, I know this particularly well.
The 2022 Winter Games are expected to continue. We should not punish the hardworking athletes who have dedicated their lives to preparing for this moment. But the world – and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – should not allow Beijing to enjoy the benefits of hosting a large-scale global event while rejecting transparency and refusing to allow investigations, let alone answer, on the death of millions of people. around the world.
As recently as last week, China rejected a plan by the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the theory that the virus had escaped from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan. This was remarkable not only because of China’s continued belligerence, but also because the WHO was once an accomplice, giving in to the CCP’s initial pressure to reject the laboratory leak theory and downplay the CCP’s cover-up. But now the facts are too hard to ignore even for the WHO – and, hopefully, the IOC.
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I had access to all of the most sensitive US government information related to the pandemic. My educated opinion is that the laboratory leak theory is not just a “possibility”, at the very least, it looks more like a probability, if not very close to a certainty.
More than 18 months after the virus first leaked into the world, I still haven’t seen any scientific evidence or intelligence that the virus outbreak was a natural “spill” that passed from animal to human.
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Conversely, although the CCP has gone to great lengths to ensure that there is no “smoking gun,” every piece of evidence I have seen indicates that the origin of the pandemic is a leak. from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
Quite simply, the theory of laboratory leaks is the only one supported by science, intelligence and common sense.
There is scientific consensus that the epidemic started in Wuhan, despite the fact that coronaviruses do not occur there naturally. In fact, the closest bat caves where the virus could have originated are in Yunnan Province, which is as far from Wuhan as New York is from Atlanta. If the bats had flown (their range is only about 30 miles) or been carried this far, there likely would have been cases along the route which did not happen. Meanwhile, Wuhan scientists were openly studying bat coronaviruses in their lab.
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Common sense is that if the CCP could, it would dispel the idea that COVID-19 escaped a lab under their control and tried to cover it up – because nothing undermines China’s ambitions as an emerging global superpower more than being guilty of the deaths of millions of people around the world.
Instead, every move by the CCP has consisted in blocking legitimate investigations, suppressing critical voices, and engaging in a global propaganda campaign to deflect blame on themselves, even going so far as to claim. absurd way that the virus was created by the US military.
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The CCP has not provided any exculpatory evidence in a crime that has had devastating impacts on almost every person on earth because, in short, they cannot.
In January of this year, I worked with then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to get the State Department to issue a classified intelligence fact sheet, approved by my office, stating that ” several researchers within the WIV fell ill in the fall of 2019, before the first identified case of the epidemic, with symptoms compatible with both Covid-19 and with seasonal illnesses. ”
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This declassified information has since been corroborated by public reports in greater detail. Even so, some in the media unwittingly aided the CCP in its disinformation efforts, dismissing the laboratory leak theory as a “conspiracy theory,” while Facebook affixed “false or misleading” warnings to anyone who dared to talk about it.
Unfortunately, President Biden’s 90-day deadline for the intelligence community to explore the origins of the virus mistakenly suggests that the intelligence community’s collection has been the problem. This is simply not the case.
Before leaving office, we tried to balance the need to protect sensitive sources and methods with clarity and answers in the public interest.
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By releasing the State Department’s fact sheet, we hoped to revive the international m
portends China’s empowerment. But in light of its continued rejection of transparency and accountability, the Biden administration must now go further and declassify and publicly release additional information, as it is vital to the national and global interest.
World leaders owe it to the billions of people affected by this virus – and the families of those who have lost their lives – to get to the bottom of its origins, in the interests of justice and to ensure that this does not happen again more.
This effort should begin with the sharing of what it knows through the United States government. From there, he should continue by the International Olympic Committee denying the CCP the ability to restore its global image despite its crimes.
The seven Olympic values are friendship, excellence, respect, courage, determination, inspiration and equality. The CCP’s cover-up of the origins of the virus has proven once again that they are not friends of the world.
They have shown a commitment to excellence in almost nothing other than their efforts to suppress the truth. They continue to disrespect the memory of millions of COVID victims and attempt to intimidate anyone who shows the courage and determination to stand up to them.
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Their whole system is designed to only inspire loyalty to their oppressive regime, which rejects the equality – and even the basic dignity – of the minorities living under its rule.
Beijing should not be allowed to host the 2022 Olympics.