Top Clinton NatSec Official: WHO Trip To China Was ‘Not’ An Investigation, China Did The Investigations
WASHINGTON - JUNE 30: Project Director Jamie Metzl of the Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on Emergency Responders, takes questions during release of the report "Drastically Underfuned, Dangerously Unprepared" June 30, 2003 in Washington, DC. According to the report, which focuses on the emergency response to a terrorist attack, America will fall dangerously short of meeting critical emergency responder needs over the next five years if current funding levels are maintained.
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Jamie Metzl, a former NSC official in the Clinton administration and a member of a WHO advisory committee on genetic engineering, told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired on Sunday night that the WHO’s recent trip to China was “not” an investigation and that China essentially did all the investigating.

“I wouldn’t really call what’s happened now an investigation. It’s essentially a highly-chaperoned, highly-curated study tour,” Metzl said. “Everybody around the world is imagining this is some kind of full investigation. It’s not. This group of experts only saw what the Chinese government wanted them to see.”

“We would have to ask the question, ‘Well, why in Wuhan?’ To quote Humphrey Bogart, ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, why Wuhan?’ What Wuhan does have is China’s level four virology institute, with probably the world’s largest collection of bat viruses, including bat coronaviruses,” Metzl continued.

“While they were there they didn’t demand access to the records and samples and key personnel,” Metzl said. “It was agreed first that China would have veto power over who even got to be on the mission. … On top of that, the WHO agreed that in most instances China would do the primary investigation. And then just share its findings with these international experts. So these international experts weren’t allowed to do their own primary investigation.”

Metzl noted that if the animal-to-human theory is correct, then there likely would have been outbreaks in southern China where the bats that are believed to be carriers of the novel coronavirus — or very similar coronaviruses — were found in caves previous years.

“There was a direct order from Beijing to destroy all viral samples and they didn’t volunteer to share the genetic sequences,” former Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger said. “There is a body of research that’s been taking place conducted by the Chinese military in collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has not been acknowledged by the Chinese government. We’ve seen the data. I’ve personally seen the data.”

When asked why the Chinese military was in the lab, Pottinger said that officials are not sure but that it was “a major lead that needs to be pursued by the press, certainly by the World Health Organization.”

“Beijing is simply not interested in allowing us to find the answers to those very pertinent questions,” he said. “They were doing research specifically on coronaviruses that attach to the ACE2 receptors in human lungs just like the COVID-19 virus,” adding that that fact was “a pretty potent bullet point when you consider that the place where this pandemic emerged was a few kilometers away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

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