Former NSA John Ratcliffe: It Is Nearly a "Certainty" That China Created and (Accidentally) Released the Covid-19 Virus That Killed 4.5 Million People and Shut Down the Planet
With the summer Olympics kicking off in Japan in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this is a good time to remember that in a matter of just six months, another Olympic Games is scheduled to take place in Beijing, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership coordinated -- and continues to perpetrate -- a massive cover up of the virus's origins and the circumstances surrounding its initial outbreak.
As Director of National Intelligence during much of the pandemic, I know this particularly well.
The 2022 Winter Games should go on. We should not punish hard-working 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 massive global event while rejecting transparency and refusing to allow inquiries into, much less answering for, the deaths of millions of people around the world.
Just last week, China rejected the World Health Organization's (WHO) plan to investigate the theory that the virus 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 complicit, caving to the CCP's initial pressure to dismiss the lab leak theory and downplay the CCP's coverup. But now the facts are too hard for even the WHO -- and hopefully the IOC -- to ignore.
I had access to all of the U.S. government's most sensitive intelligence related to the pandemic. My informed opinion is that the lab leak theory isn't just a "possibility," at the very least it is 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 have not seen a single shred of scientific evidence or intelligence that the virus outbreak was a naturally occurring "spillover" that jumped from an animal to a human
Yesterday I mentioned that the Republicans had issued a report noting that the Wuhan Institute of Pandemic Manufacture had paid for a renovation of its ventilation system in September 2019, which was right around the time that masses of people were spotted going to hospitals in Wuhan.
Jim Geraghty notes this additional fact: The Wuhan lab solicited the bids for a "Security Services procurement project" on the exact same day the Chinese deleted its database about the viruses it was performing gain-of-function research on.
Four days later, it announced a bid competition to renovate its ventilation system (which was only two years old) for $606 million.
Gee guys what do you think happened that required the Wuhan lab to gut and replace its ventilation system?!! And to delete its database of the virus research it was doing?!