With the information currently available to them, U.S. intelligence agencies say they won’t be able to definitively determine how COVID-19 originated.
The Associated Press reported that intelligence officials on Friday said they could not conclude “whether COVID-19 spread by animal-to-human transmission or leaked from a lab” while releasing a full review of their investigation into the origins.
“The paper issued by the Director of National Intelligence elaborates on findings released in August of a 90-day review ordered by President Joe Biden. That review said that U.S. intelligence agencies were divided on the origins of the virus but that analysts do not believe the virus was developed as a bioweapon and that most agencies believe the virus was not genetically engineered,” the AP reported.
The outlet also noted that China is not being forthcoming when it comes to investigations of the origins of the virus.
Former President Donald Trump and Republicans initially tried to find out how the coronavirus originated but were dismissed as conspiracy theorists and racists. As The Daily Wire previously reported, the Biden administration earlier this year admitted that it was just as possible that the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, as it was that the virus emerged naturally. It was a complete turnaround from the previous year, when media outlets such as The Washington Post declared suggestions that the virus originated in a Wuhan lab were “debunked. Back then, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was “fact checked” by people who had no first-hand knowledge of where the virus came from, but who insisted China must be telling the truth that the coronavirus originated in a wet market.
Recall that The Washington Post changed its headline regarding Cotton’s questions regarding the origins of the coronavirus. The original headline stated that “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked.” In early June, the headline was changed to “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus fringe theory that scientists have disputed.” The article was also updated with a “correction” that reads:
Earlier versions of this story and its headline inaccurately characterized comments by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) regarding the origins of the coronavirus. The term ‘debunked’ and The Post’s use of ‘conspiracy theory’ have been removed because, then as now, there was no determination about the origins of the virus.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, the Post’s original fact check claimed Cotton said something he didn’t say. The fact check claimed Cotton was suggesting the coronavirus was manmade, something he didn’t claim.
“We don’t know where it originated, and we have to get to the bottom of that,” Cotton said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “We also know that just a few miles away from that food market is China’s only biosafety level 4 super laboratory that researches human infectious diseases.”
“Now, we don’t have evidence that this disease originated there, but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says,” Cotton added. “And China right now is not giving any evidence on that question at all.”
Yet the Post and other media outlets decided to “debunk” the claim that the coronavirus was manmade, something Cotton didn’t claim.