A classified intelligence report shared with the White House and "key members of Congress," according to The Wall Street Journal, explains that early on, the Energy Department was unsure about how the so-called "virus" emerged. Later on, however, the Energy Department decided that it is entirely possible that covid escaped from a Chinese lab.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also agrees that covid probably escaped "via a mishap at a Chinese laboratory," to quote the Journal. At least four other agencies are still claiming natural transmission, while two others remain undecided as to covid's origins.
"New intelligence," we are told, changed the Energy Department's view on the matter. Still, the agency has judged the new revelations with "low confidence," meaning it cannot say for certain, beyond all shadow of a doubt, that covid leaked from a lab.
The FBI is slightly more certain about the lab leak theory, giving it a rating of "moderate confidence." (Related: After initially denying the possibility, The Lancet switched sides back in late 2021 by admitting that the covid lab leak theory has merit.)
The FBI's moderate confidence assessment stems from work conducted by its cadre of microbiologists, immunologists, and other scientists, all of whom are supported by the National Bioforensic Analysis Center, established at Fort Detrick, Md., in 2004 to analyze anthrax and other potential biological threats.
Did the Energy Department rely on the findings of this same work to come up with its low confidence assessment? The answer to that question remains a mystery as the government is declining to provide any further details as to the impetus behind its change in position.
U.S. officials have said that the reasons for the Energy Department's embrace of the lab leak theory differ from those of the FBI. Both agencies came to much the same conclusion using different methods, we are told.
The National Intelligence Council along with four other unnamed federal agencies still assess with "low confidence" the notion that covid came about through natural transmission from an infected animal, i.e., contaminated bat soup at a Wuhan wet market.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and at least one other agency that remains unnamed both remain undecided as to covid's origins, according to people who read the classified report.
Across the board, the federal government maintains the position that covid is definitely not a biological weapon created by communist China – that narrative goes too far, they claim.
The less-than-five-pages update was not requested by Congress, though numerous House and Senate Republicans are pursuing their own investigations into the origins of covid.
Fake president Joe Biden, however, did request that every intelligence agency do its best to discern the matter through close examination and investigation of all available evidence.
"Biden specifically requested that the national labs, which are part of the Energy Department, be brought into this assessment because he wants to put every tool at use to be able to figure out what happened here," said U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
There are a "variety of views in the intelligence community," Sullivan added. "A number of them have said they just don't have enough information."
Sullivan, a Republican member of Congress from Alaska, added that he and his colleagues need to hold extensive hearings about the matter, especially since communist China was aggressively trying to stop the rest of the world from looking into covid's origins.
"This is a country that has no problem coming out and lying to the world," Sullivan said about China.
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